The Monestere de la Visitationhon and the small order of nuns who reside there are the subject matter of the new exhibit in the Customs House Museum’s Planters Bank Peg Harvill Gallery. The artist, Anne Goetze, began going to the Monastery to visit her aunt Helen. What evolved was a deep admiration and respect for the gentleness and love of the contemplative nuns, and also for the rich spiritual heritage and wonder of the old town of Annecy where the Visitation Order originated over 400 hundred years ago. All of the pictures and notes Anne took on these trips eventually became the muse for her paintings.
Anne says of her series “each time when I returned home from one of the oldest cities in the Alps, I knew that I would never be the same again. With so much to absorb, I would remind myself to ‘have patience with everything that remains unsolved in the heart. So, I slowly began sorting, printing and painting the images that spoke a visual poetry to me. I wanted to interpret internally what I felt needed to be expressed outwardly”.
The resulting works are strikingly peaceful. Golden hues and soft blacks give warmth to the thirteen canvases, creating such dreamy environments that the viewer is inclined to whisper in their presence. Along with the mixed media pieces, the exhibit will include a film.
This exhibit is sponsored by Nashville Arts Magazine.
Goetze was born into a family of artists and photographers. She cites her influences to be the documentary photography of Dorothea Lange and the paintings of the French and American Impressionists. She has studied with many contemporary artists such as Anton Weiss, Quang Ho, Skip Whitcomb and Dawn Whitelaw. Goetze’s work is found in the permanent collections of The Tennessee State Museum and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, as well as the personal collections of Oprah Winfrey, Tony Joe White, U S Senator Fred Thompson, Tim McGraw, Michael McDonald, Naomi Judd, John Hiatt, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Billy Ray Cyrus, among others. Anne Goetze is a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, and The Chestnut Group.