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[frame_left]Artist Talk[/frame_left]Athena LaTocha’s In the Beginning Inspires Viewers and Sparks Discussion at St. Ann’s

On Sunday, September 28, Brooklyn artist Athena LaTocha spoke about her work on display In the Beginning, an exhibition in St. Ann & the Holy Trinity on view through November 22. She was joined by Harry Weil, parishioner and curator of the exhibition.

The exhibition is the third in an ongoing series of visual art programs that are part of The Forum @ St. Ann’s, which seeks to engage the community in conversation about the arts, ideas and civic life.

LaTocha chose In the Beginning as the exhibition’s title, based on the forms in the paintings that evoke both the land and sea. LaTocha’s ink wash painting literally encircles the sanctuary, immersing viewers in dramatic images of energy and movement befitting elemental natural forces. The artist created the work in her studio and the church’s parish hall, using large rolls of photographic paper to form a continuous painting that was cut and mounted in sections for display. The result is a unified vision of natural turbulence in black and white strokes. The effect invites conversation with the landmark church’s Gothic architecture and historic stained glass windows that serve as a backdrop to the installation.

[frame_right]Artist Talk[/frame_right]LaTocha’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Gallery SENSEI in New York, the Red Mill Gallery in Johnson, Vermont, the Lawrence Alloway Gallery of Stony Brook University, and the Terazza Gallery in Elmhurst, Queens. Group exhibitions have included galleries in New York City, Long Island, Albany, and Baltimore.

All works will be on view at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Tuesday through Thursday, 12 noon – 3:00 pm, Sundays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, and by appointment by contacting the parish office at 718-875-6960 or

View the of the talk and the exhibition In the Beginning.

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