Local artist Myra Roberts recently presented her series, "Faces of Anne Frank," at the Sanibel Public Library. The collection of 37 paintings is an accumulation of three years of work since Roberts began "Project Tolerance" with program partner and writer Ella Nayor.
While enjoying refreshments provided by Congress Jewelers, Roberts led the audience through the exhibit and shared her inspiration and purpose for individual paintings and the project as a whole. Her personal history with the holocaust sparked her interest in the subject, but she's especially interested in Anne as a symbol of the dangers of intolerance because such social injustices still exist today.
For Roberts, a retired teacher, education is a natural avenue to seek solutions for devastating problems.
Myra Roberts (left) and Ella Nayor with Roberts' latest piece, Malala, at the opening of the Faces of Anne Frank' exhibit on Jan. 9 at the Sanibel Public Library.
The collection features her newest painting, Malala, fresh off the easel. Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani student and women's rights activist, was shot in the head by the Taliban. Roberts includes this portrait in the series because she believes art is a fundamental form of social commentary and education. Malala Yousafzai's story is a modern example of Anne's message and epitomizes intolerance based violence. Roberts will donate forty percent of the proceeds from the sale of this painting to WADAH, an organization which aims to mitigate poverty by empowering individuals, especially women, through education.
The traveling exhibit, Faces of Anne Frank, will be on display at the library through the rest of January before moving to the Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Delaware, then to the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg for three months.
For more information, private tours, or studio visits, see myraroberts.com.