Art Renaissance Lectures

Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

From Greco to Goya
Two centuries of Spanish art


El Greco, Vision of John — the Fifth Seal, 1614

A country with a long, rich and diverse history, Spain has been blessed with monarchs who also were dedicated art patrons, if not always the best rulers for their people. The collections they accumulated can now be seen at the Prado in Madrid, one of the world’s great museums. These kings welcomed innovative artists such as Greco in painting, Scarlatti or Boccherini in music. This presentation focuses on three representative painters, El Greco, Velasquez and Goya — each with a personality and a visual language of their own that influenced to this day the artists coming after them.

Presentation & Slide Shows by Michel Sarda

Limited space available.

Please call to reserve your seat.

A $10 contribution is requested to attend the presentation
and enjoy the beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.

Shemer Art Center
5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix 85018
Information & Reservation (required) at 602.262.4727


Thursday, January 17 2019 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Burning Man
When art comes alive – an interactive presentation


Burning Man 2018 “I, Robot” – American Gothic

First held in 1986 in San Francisco, Burning Man, organized by the Burning Man Project a non-profit organization, has become a huge annual event taking place in late summer at Black Rock City in northwest Nevada. It is described as an experiment in community and art, influenced by several principals: inclusion, self-reliance, self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, gifting, participation and leave no trace. The event takes its name from the symbolic ritual burning of a large wooden effigy (“The Man”).

At Burning Man, the community explores various forms of artistic self-expression. Participation is a key precept for the community – selfless giving of one’s unique talents for the enjoyment of all is encouraged. In recent years, attendance rose to 70,000.

Presentation & Slide Shows by Michel Sarda

Limited space available.

Please call to reserve your seat.

A $10 contribution is requested to attend the presentation
and enjoy the beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.

Shemer Art Center
5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix 85018
Information & Reservation (required) at 602.262.4727


Thursday, February 14, 2018 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1841-1919
His life & his art


Renoir – Marguerite Legrand, 1879

Along with his friend Claude Monet, Renoir represents the epitome of the Impressionist style. His art is among the most recognized and loved not only in his native France but around the world. Reproductions of his paintings, such as the ever-famous Lunch at the Boating Party, or Dancing at the Moulin de la Galette, are framed in countless homes. Different from Monet, more attracted by the changing light over landscapes, Renoir was interested in people and, until the very end of his long life, in beautiful women. 

Presentation & Slide Shows by Michel Sarda

Limited space available.

Please call to reserve your seat.

A $10 contribution is requested to attend the presentation
and enjoy the beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.

Shemer Art Center
5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix 85018
Information & Reservation (required) at 602.262.4727


Thursday, March 14 2019 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Toulouse-Lautrec
1864-1901


Toulouse-Lautrec, La Cavaliere (The Rider), 1888

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born into one of the oldest French aristocratic families – the Counts of Toulouse brilliantly served during the Crusades. Because of a genetic disease probably due to centuries of inbreeding (his two grandmothers were sisters, his parents were first cousins, etc.), his legs never developed normally, which made his an outcast among his peers. Thanks to a loving mother, he was able to develop his interest in the arts and become a colorful figure in the crowed Paris art scene at the end of the 19th century. Familiar with and influenced by the Impressionists, he established his own, distinctive visual language. However, he never overcame his physical appearance and found solace in alcohol and the friendly company of prostitutes. He died at the early age of 37.

Presentation & Slide Shows by Michel Sarda

Limited space available.

Please call to reserve your seat.

A $10 contribution is requested to attend the presentation
and enjoy the beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.

Shemer Art Center
5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix 85018
Information & Reservation (required) at 602.262.4727