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    Dream Peace: Images of Holocaust Horrors and Heroes

    In partnership with the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning, Hodges University is presenting ‘Dream Peace: Images of Holocaust Horrors and Heroes’ by Sanibel-based artist Myra Roberts. Myra earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in art education, with an emphasis in painting and drawing, from Arizona State University, as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree is in printmaking and illustration, from Northern Illinois University.

    Roberts has exhibited throughout the United States, including in Chicago; Boothbay Harbor and Bar Harbor, Maine; the Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, Delaware (grant-funded); the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg; the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida; the Museum of the Everglades, and in galleries throughout Florida.

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    Myra Roberts Art2Event Schedule:

    January 26, 2017 from3:00-4:30 p.m.
    Art Gallery Opening
    Myra Roberts will host an exhibit of her works titled, “Dream Peace: Images of Holocaust Horrors and Heroes.” The exhibition will contain artwork from her various series, including “Hidden in the Trees,” “Project Tolerance: The Faces of Anne Frank,” “Angels on Earth” and “Smokescreen: Prelude to the 1940s.” The artwork will remain on display through March 2017.

    January 31, 2017 from1:00-2:30 p.m.
    The Holocaust Art of Myra Roberts:The Horrors and Heroes of the Holocaust
    During this session, Roberts will describe her ongoing journey as a painter of “happy retro Florida” images and works of social commentary. Her goal of the latter is to raise the consciousness of future generations about anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and because light can emerge out of darkness, a dream of peace.

    February 20, 2017 from1:00-2:30 p.m.
    A Hero and Survivor of the Holocaust– Robert Hilliard and Steen Metz
    Guests will hear from Robert Hilliard, a World War II veteran and hero, who helped to liberate Dachau concentration camp months after the war ended. Discovering sick and starving prisoners who were not receiving the proper help from the U.S. government or Jewish relief organizations, Hillard and a fellow GI, Edward Herman, began a letter-writing campaign to seek funds from Americans. The letters caught the attention of President Harry Truman, as well as the New York Times.

    In addition to Hillard’s story, guests will also hear from Steen Metz, who was deported, along with his parents, to Theresienstadt concentration camps in 1943 at the age of 7 years old. Losing his father to starvation after only six months in the camp, he and his mother were liberated in April 1945. Metz has shared his story with more than 12,000 people since October 2011.

    For more information, contact April May at amay@hodges.edu or (239) 598-6153.

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