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Thursday, March 16, 2017
Invitation to Cocktail Reception: Unveiling "MULTIVERSE" and Introduction to GREENHEART INTERNATIONAL (Chicago,IL)
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Join us for a special cocktail reception for the opening exhibition
would like to personally invite you to a special cocktail reception for
the opening of my MULTIVERSE exhibition AND to introduce you to one of
my favorite organizations that is doing incredible work to make in a
change in the world.
As you some of you may be aware, I have recently become spokesperson for GREENHEART INTERNATIONAL, a Chicago-based nonprofit, supporting a variety of initiatives that connect people and
planet to create global change through volunteerism, youth development,
cultural exchange, fair trade and travel. This goes hand in hand with
my philosophy of living consciously and making every moment count
towards bringing issues to light that we can find solutions for if we
work together in harmony an understanding.
is a perfect segue to my MULTIVERSE exhibition, which is not only about
alternate or parallel universes, but also the various universes we live
in our daily lives on our planet earth. I
feel very fortunate to have a voice in the artistic community, and look
forward to showcasing the contributions of peace-building, tolerance,
and love that Greenheart does in our local and global communities.
I would like to personally invite you to learn more about Greenheart and founders, Laura
Rose and her husband, Emmanuel Kuntzleman, who have dedicated their
lives to raising environmental awareness, promoting cultural
understanding and advocating for world peace.
Greenheart provides educational opportunities and scholarships for children from the inner cities, teaching
them to not only care for their environment but work towards
transforming the world. They are personally invested in providing
cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and
create leaders. Greenheart has partnered with some 250 organizations in
Please join me for the opening of MULTIVERSE on
March 16, from 5:30-8:00 PM. I will be unveiling my latest works
featuring my own eco-conscious materials, such as recycled plastic. I
will share more about the roles both Greenheart and I are playing in
shaping a more peaceful and sustainable world through art and
Join us for a glass of wine and some of EXQUISITE BITES
for what will be an exciting glimpse of how we can make our world a
better place not only for ourselves, but our children and their
children. I look forward to seeing you on March 16!
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Chicagoan Elaine Barnes brings 20 years plus experience in the
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"Since the dawn of man, human beings have sought the very nature of existence. As the seekers of truth compounded
their knowledge, they offered the possibility that there may be other worlds that exist beyond our tangible and visible
world and they called it a MULTIVERSE."
ARICA HILTON, Chicago-based multi-media artist/poet opens her solo exhibition at HILTON ASMUS CONTEMPORARY, 716 N. Wells, located in the River North Arts District in Chicago. The exhibition features a series of oil on canvas and acrylic on acrylic paintings infused with recycled plastic. The theme, MULTIVERSE, comes from Hilton's love of the theories of Quantum Mechanics, String Theory, and Multiverses; and the connection between human beings, the mechanics of the brain and the infinite or parallel universes yet to be discovered.
Hilton has created a series of eco-conscious paintings using recycled plastic water bottles infused in her oil and acrylic as a commentary on the effects of discarding plastic without thought to where it will end up. As in the cycle of life, birth and rebirth, the plastic becomes the water in her paintings. Poetry may be the springboard to her works, but Hilton finds the current state of the world a powerful catalyst to create something of value; to society, to individuals, to humanity in sometimes subtle, sometimes highly audible ways.
Describing Hilton's paintings, Rose McInerney of WomanScape writes: "We start with a big bang as Hilton takes us deep into the universe, its constellation of stars, and the rich, poetry-filled, pages of history. The art of poet/painter Arica Hilton is as grand in scale as her mythical journey. Arica invites us into her illuminating quest for larger truths about our existence and understanding of self in what can only be called a fantastical tour de force! Her innovative talent for melding past and present is echoed in the weaving strokes of her paintbrush and her creative gift for poetry. Both present a luminescent tapestry of storied history as effortless as cool waters trickling down a verdant hill. In them, we escape to another world. Her paintings illustrate the subtleties of her gift as we slide through soft, easy movements focused on elemental forces like water, earth, wind, and sky images. But don't be deceived by their quiet ability to disarm and penetrate. Much like a beautiful Venus-fly-trap, they force us to look for meaning in these same life forces. This theme, a communion between nature and self, is central to all of Arica's work."
states, "We grew up learning that our world, as we know it, is called a
"UniVerse." Uni, defined as "one; having or consisting of one," and
VERSE, defined as "a group of lines that form a unit in a poem or song; a
stanza" or "each of the short numbered divisions of a chapter...."
before us may have been poet/philosophers who regarded their work in
discovering the worlds beyond our imagination in not only a theoretical
way, but with a sense of artistic spirit. From their foresight, we
should imagine our singular world to be a romantic amalgamation of
poetry and song, a revelation that defines our very existence. click here to read more