Renowned artist Tina Mion will be giving a presentation about her work and her latest art exhibition, Memento Mori at the Coconino Center for the Arts, on Thursday, July 10. Her rich paintings truly come to life when she discusses them in detail and shares the stories behind them. Mion will walk patrons through the exhibition to discuss the works therein and share her thoughts about the show as a whole.
The talk is free and open to the public. It begins at 5:30pm on July 10. It is recommended that patrons arrive early as there will be limited space. A second talk will be presented Friday, August 15, 2014.
Tina and her husband moved to northern Arizona in 1997 to purchase and restore La Posada – architect Mary Colter’s masterpiece. They have created a thriving and nationally renowned hotel, restaurant and cultural mecca in the high desert of Winslow, Arizona.
Mion’s work is in many collections including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City MO, both of which own her Memento Mori paintings. Rather than being dark and scary her work is beautifully executed, poignant, and full of wry humor. She lived part of her childhood in an abandoned funeral home in New Jersey. Perhaps this helps explain why she has been thinking and painting about death for more than two decades.
Her works range from small intricate pastel drawings to 8 x 23’ oil paintings. Her work has been used in university classes on death and dying. Her monumental triptych A New Years Party in Purgatory was featured in an American Public Media national radio special on suicide. She has been a featured speaker around the country including at the University of Chicago, Phoenix Art Museum and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., where her work is currently on display for the third time.