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'Treasured Memories' Art Exhibit to Open at Ford House
Posted: January 12, 2016

Offering a unique look at Ellis Island, a new exhibit, "Treasured Memories," features paintings by Dutch artist Leendert van der Pool.

The exhibit runs from Feb. 2 to March 20, 2016, and is open Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

"Treasured Memories" features more than 30 large-scale, intensely colored oil paintings and pastels. The paintings are vibrant and vivid representations of rooms and artifacts of Ellis Island. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.

Ford House is presenting the exhibit to offer visitors a new perspective of an iconic place in time and provide an opportunity for them to reflect and connect with their own family’s history and memories.

“It is such an honor to host Leendert van der Pool and his stunning Ellis Island series,” says Kathleen Mullins, president of Ford House. “This exhibition is intended to help us think about our own ancestral memories and how we can continue to capture and preserve those moments for ourselves and for those who come after us.”

While van der Pool’s work is featured at Ford House, his wife Eleanor Winters, a noted calligraphy artist, has her own exhibition at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills. Her exhibit, "A la Mémoire des Enfants Déportés," features delicate, yet powerful calligraphic artwork memorializing the 11,400 French Jewish children who were deported – many who were assassinated in the Nazi death camps - between 1942 and 1944.  A sampling of Winters’ work will also be on display at Ford House during the run of "Treasured Memories."

"Treasured Memories" by Leendert van der Pool runs at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House from Feb. 2 to March 20, 2016. RSVP for the opening reception on Jan. 31 here.

"A la Mémoire des Enfants Déportés" by Eleanor Winters runs from Jan. 27-May 15, 2016 at the Holocaust Memorial Center. Admission is $10 or free for members of the Holocaust Museum.

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