‘Inspired’ exhibit opens at Dove Gallery in Milpitas

Natural wonders, honored heroes, national pride and biblical themes are some of the topics that have inspired the artists in Dove Art Gallery’s latest exhibit.

Local professional and emerging artists and students as young as 6 have works in the INSPIRE Art Exhibit, opening Feb. 18 in Milpitas.

San Jose artist Laurie Barna is exhibiting a drawing titled “All About Liberty.” The artwork is No. 45 in her “Liberty Series,” which includes over 100 portrayals of the Statue of Liberty. Barna used calligraphy to create her drawing and incorporated the words of a poem by Emma Lazarus. Barna is also displaying No. 40 in her Angelic series; “Snow Angel” is a multimedia work that depicts the joys of winter.

Fremont artist Jan Small is exhibiting several biblically themed artworks. “The Lion Roars” is a portrayal of God’s call for repentance in America. The painting was inspired by the scripture in Hosea 11:10: “For someday the people will follow the Lord. I will roar like a lion and my people will return trembling from the west.” Small’s “Did You Learn To Love” shows her standing before the judgement of Christ and under the banner of 1 Corinthians 13, which describes the qualities of godly love.

Student artist Shivi Chopra shares her appreciation of music in a drawing titled “Teenage Dream.” She says music inspires her to think big, achieve her goals and enjoy life. Chopra is also displaying several digital artworks; “I am a Woman. I am a Goddess” is meant to inspire a positive self-image for women.

Rushil Bandikalla, a student artist from Milpitas, is exhibiting an acrylic painting titled “Birch Forest.” The artwork shows illuminated trees glowing amid the darkness of night.

The exhibit’s grand opening is set for Sunday, Feb. 18, noon-3 p.m. at Dove Gallery, located at the back lot of Park Victoria Church, 875 S. Park Victoria Drive.

The gallery will be open noon-3 p.m. every Sunday thereafter excepting Easter through April 14. Email Dove@ParkVictoria.org for more information.

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