Art Renaissance Lectures

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

J.M.W. Turner

                       1775 – 1857

     Turner, Rain, Steam and Speed, 1844


An innovator if there ever was one, Turner can legitimately be credited as the father of Impressionism after Monet discovered his work in London in 1871. A magician in capturing light in the most unusual and daring ways, Turner was considered an eccentric by his peers. He also earned their admiration and respect for the virtuosity of his technique, in watercolor particularly. A restless traveler during summers, Turner visited Germany, Switzerland and Italy several times (he stayed mostly out of France, too risky for a British citizen), collecting hundreds of sketches that he translated on canvas during winter, in his studio in England. He was recently the subject of a successful movie.


                  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

(602) 262-4727


Upcoming Lectures:

October 11:         RODIN
November 8:    CENTENNIAL: ART of WW I
December 13:    From GRECO to GOYA

About Art Renaissance

The Art Renaissance Foundation (also known as the Art Renaissance Initiative) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) out of Phoenix Arizona. It was established July 1992 as a non-profit promotional vehicle for the large work of music, entitled An American Requiem, that ARI commissioned to ASU composer Dr. James DeMars. This work received subsequent dedications from President Clinton and three Nobel Peace Prize laureates. With an all volunteer board and executive committee, the foundation has accomplished several cultural innovations over the years such as producing the first Arizona Vivaldi Festival in 1998, and teaching French as a second language to adults through 2000. The foundation currently focuses on lectures and exhibitions of French authors and artists, and has been nominated for the Governor’s Arts Awards in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

ARI keeps in touch with its supporters and friends by hosting a monthly luncheon where guests can meet prominent artists and community members, and by publishing a monthly newsletter, “Renaissance” that develops art-related topics and provides a calendar of upcoming events. To sign up for the monthly newsletter, please e-mail Michel Sarda at