Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Artist Lisa Vershbow Discusses Her Artistic Overseas Experience at Morrison House

Morrison House Lecture Series Presents:
Art and Diplomacy: A Torpedo Factory Metalsmith Makes Cultural Diplomacy with her Craft
October 5, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Accompanying her husband, Alexander Vershbow abroad for eleven years with three back-to-back Ambassadorships to NATO (Belgium), Russia and Korea, Lisa set up a studio and worked at each posting, made connections with local artists, participated in exhibitions, and taught. She was active with the State Department's Art in Embassies Program and also organized two exhibitions including fellow Torpedo Factory colleagues. In Art and Diplomacy, Lisa will share images of some of the places that inspired her own work, projects in Moscow and Seoul with Torpedo Factory colleagues and a few glimpses into life in an Embassy.
Lisa Vershbow, a Torpedo Factory artist and Art League instructor, spent over 30 years as a Foreign Service spouse. She has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions both at home and abroad. Her most recent solo exhibition was in June, 2010 in Seoul and her work is currently in the Madeleine Albright exhibition of brooches in the Smithsonian Castle. In 2005, the American Foreign Service Association awarded her the Avis Bohlen Award for public diplomacy in the arts while in Russia.

This lecture is part of the Morrison House series - a series of salon style talks celebrating culture held at the Morrison House hotel in Old Town Alexandria. This series of monthly talks is sponsored by the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association, the Alexandria Archaeological Commission, and the Morrison House Hotel. The talks take place on the first Tuesday of each month. Cocktails will be available for purchase through The Grille at Morrison House Hotel, and dinner reservations can be made for guests who would like to continue their experience following the event.

Morrison House, 116 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 / Phone: 703-838-8000

Free admission (Food and drink available for purchase)

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