June 17, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – September 7, 2014 @ 12:00 am
Coconino Center for the Arts

Memento Mori cover“Memento Mori” is Latin for “remember that you will die”. Memento Mori paintings were common in Europe and throughout the world until the last century. They were not meant to scare but to remind viewers to make the most of their brief lives. This exhibition of Tina Mion’s Memento Mori drawings and paintings will take the viewer on a journey of artistic and spiritual exploration: what is our place in the world? What IS death? What – if anything – comes after?

The subjects of Mion’s Memento Mori include the lives of humans, of animals and of life on our planet. She weaves into her work references to American history, world religions, science, and current issues such as the right to die.

About Tina Mion

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.

Event Schedule

Thursday, June 12
Members’ Preview Reception 6-8pm
Supporters of the Arts Council are invited to a special advance preview of the exhibition. The artist will be in attendance and give a short presentation.

Friday, June 13
Opening Reception 6-8pm
Our opening receptions are the place to be! Live music, great art, a gallery full of energy, tasty food and beverages. The artist will be in attendance.

June 17- September 6
Exhibition Open Tue-Sat 11am-5pm
Coconino Center for the Arts

Thursday, July 10
Artist Talk 5:30pm
Tina Mion will discuss her life, approach to making art and her body of work in this presentation. Free. Click for more info.

Friday, August 15
Artist Talk
Tina Mion will discuss her life, approach to making art and her body of work in this presentation. Free. Click for more info.

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