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The Essence of Élan: Photographs by Cordelia Bailey

Reception: Saturday, August 6, 2016 (7-9 PM)

When Dallas multifaceted artist, Cordelia Bailey, selected the photographs for her new exhibition at the Bath House Cultural Center, one of her main objectives was to display a collection of art that evoked a powerful sense of liveliness and energy. The title of the show, The Essence of Élan, reflects the artist’s desire to depict art of effervescent nature. Élan is a word of French origin that means “to dart.” An individual or thing infused with élan may be described as darting around with excitement, exceptional flair, and vigorous spirit. The pieces presented in the show certainly share the common element of vibrancy and jubilation. The artist’s photographs of locations, objects, people, and nature depict movement, texture, intricacy, and brilliant color.

With the recognition that élan is a marvelous word that represents energy, flair, and gusto, the photographer shares art pieces with the viewers that beautifully illustrate the central theme of the show. It is the artist’s hope that, in viewing her artwork, the public will be intrigued, that their eyes will linger, and that they will take with them a bit of the spirit of élan when they leave the gallery.

Cordelia Bailey is a native Dallasite who grew up in the Lakewood area. She attended the University of Illinois, where she earned a PhD. She held several positions in the private and public sector, but has always pursued art as a passion. When she retired from having to earn a living, she became a full-time artist. She initially focused on oil-on-canvas but, for the past 15 years, photography and digital art have been her primary media. She moved back to Dallas in 2012 and now lives in Uptown.

Date

August 06, 2016 to August 27, 2016
12:00pm to 6:00pm

Location

Bath House Cultural Center
521 E. Lawther Drive
Dallas 75218

(214) 670-8749

Hours

  • Tuesday: 12 Noon to 6:00 pm (until 10:00 pm on evenings with theater performances)
  • Wednesday: 12 Noon to 6:00 pm (until 10:00 pm on evenings with theater performances)
  • Thursday: 12 Noon to 6:00 pm (until 10:00 pm on evenings with theater performances)
  • Friday: 12 Noon to 6:00 pm (until 10:00 pm on evenings with theater performances)
  • Saturday: 12 Noon to 6:00 pm (until 10:00 pm on evenings with theater performances)
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