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Paintings by Del Michel Exhibited in Queretaro

Posted February 14, 2001

HOLLAND -- An exhibition of paintings by Del Michel of the Hope College art faculty will be on display in Queretaro, Mexico, until Sunday, April 8.

The 23 paintings are featured in an exhibition at the Museo de Queretaro, which is housed in a former colonial-era convent and focuses on contemporary art. The show, "Imagenes Liricas" ("Lyrical Images"), opened on Thursday, Feb. 8.

"The works in this exhibition represent my particular lyrical view of the world and celebrate the creative process (the act of discovering and making) as a life giving force," Michel noted in his artist's statement for the exhibition. "My artistic development has been one of exploring a variety of materials and ideas from painting to sculpture to assemblage."

"The works in this exhibition are derived and inspired by Turkish and Persian kilim patterns and the sense of color awakened by visits to Queretaro," he wrote. "They celebrate my fascination with distant and past cultures, discovered through travel and revealed in fragments of architecture and artifacts, allowing me to make connections with my own particular visual sensibility through the patina of time."

Michel, his wife Sally, and Alfredo Gonzales, who is assistant provost at Hope, attended the exhibition's opening. During their Feb. 7-12 stay in Queretaro, Gonzales and Michel also represented Hope during the "state of the university" talk delivered by the rector of the Autonomous University of Queretaro.

Hope and the university established a formal exchange agreement in 1996 that has since led to a number of student and faculty exchanges. The cities of Holland and Santiago de Queretaro have maintained a sister-city relationship since 1995.

This month's trip marked Michel's fourth visit to Queretaro, and his second exhibition in the city. In November of 1999, the Autonomous University of Queretaro featured an exhibition of his work.

Michel has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1964. His art has been exhibited in galleries and shows worldwide, and his work is included in many private, corporate, university and art museum collections.

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