The Art League continues to follow all Covid Safety protocols on the state and local levels for onsite activities and is monitoring the conditions in Alexandria. Winter in-person classes are suspended until conditions improve. Online classes continue as scheduled. 

Resumption In-Person Classes Policy
We will hold in-person classes when we see sustained thresholds in Alexandria of:
—the Daily New Case Rate at or below 25.0 per 100k; with
—the Covid-19 Infection Rate at or below 1.10; and
—the Positive Test Rate is at or below 10% or below.
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“Gods & Goddesses” Revealed: The Artist

If the portraits in “Everyday Gods & Goddesses” seem almost alive — if you think you see their eyes wink as you turn your head, and you wonder if they visit each other, Harry Potter-style, at night — well, that’s just your imagination. But these paintings do have stories, both ancient and modern, behind the canvas. Today’s tale: Bacchus.

Self Portrait as Bacchus, oil on canvas, by Linda Lawler. 36" x 28".
Self Portrait as Bacchus, oil on canvas, by Linda Lawler. 36″ x 28″.

“I love a good time, fine wine, and Caravaggio.” — Linda Lawler, placard for Self-Portrait as Bacchus

To close out our series celebrating the stories behind “Everyday Gods & Goddesses,” we turn to the artist herself, and the self-portrait that started it all.

“This was meant as a foil to an otherwise serious landscape show about vineyards,” Linda Lawler explains. After the positive response, she turned to friends and family for her less-than-serious apotheoses.

Our story about Bacchus comes from Euripides’ play The Bacchae, which premiered in 405 B.C. and shows a darker side of the god of the vine. The action revolves around Bacchus’ revenge on his cousin the King of Thebes, and ends with the king limb from limb by a crowd of frenzied Maenads, or followers of Bacchus.

But perhaps the spirit of the painting, and the exhibit in general, is better exemplified by this quote from the play:

“He who best enjoys each passing day is truly blest.”

Good advice from Euripides. And as the days pass, don’t forget — the exhibit ends this Monday, May 6!

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