The Gallery at University Lutheran Church
66 Winthrop Street Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 876-3256

A Passion for Color!

By Evelyn Berde

May 15 - August 31, 2011

The Comfort Tree
16” x 20”
Reprinted by permission of Evelyn Berde. All rights reserved.

Gallery Hours

Mon - Thurs, 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.

Opening Reception

Thursday, June 9, 2011
7-9 P.M.

About the Artist

Evelyn Berde writes:

I grew up in the old “West End” of Boston, a neighborhood of European, African-American and Latin immigrants. Red brick buildings, smoke stacks, the Mass General Hospital, and amazing, lively characters filled the neighborhood.

On my trips to the market, the sounds, smells, and images inspired me— the sawdust on the butcher’s floor, the whistling, gigantic teapot in Scollay Square, the trees on the Boston Common, the colorful languages I heard every day.

Today, many of my images and colors reflect my passion for Native American, Southeast Asian, Latin American and African Art, but also my paintings still somehow recall for me the world I lived in as a child in the West End.

I bring much of my life experiences to each painting. My work resembles the patchwork of my childhood and adult life, as an artist, mother, wife, and teacher. I incorporate my connection to people and their “stories,” my surroundings in everyday life, inspirations, and dreams.

As a parent of children who are of multicultural ancestry, it has been important to create a home that includes textiles, colors and images that reflect the diversity of my family and my neighborhood. My home and studio invite people to relax, to take a breath, to immerse themselves in a landscape of soothing hues and textures.

I can see the beauty in even the simplest of things; a bowl of fruit is transformed into a life story. I am transformed by a Mexican ceramic bowl filled with mangoes on a vibrant Indian cloth. My hope is that others will find inspiration in my paintings, and gain a newfound appreciation for culture, texture, and nature in the world around them.

Evelyn Berde