Alumna Joelle Sander’s solo exhibit, “Color as Refuge,” will continue through March 9 in the Esther Rauchenbush Library Gallery. The exhibit features oil paintings; representational abstractions of the natural world. The vibrancy of her luscious colors provides Sander a safe haven, a refuge, as she paints. Drawn to large forms and patterns, Sander paints the semblance of sky, water and woods and abstracts images of petals, leaves, branches, flowers, and birds. Her textures run the gamut from translucence to heavy impasto. Exhibit hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays,11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sander began painting twenty years ago after being a writer for thirty-five years. Published in newspapers, magazines and scholarly books, her book Before Their Time: Four Generations of Teenage Mothers won Best Adult Book about Children (1991-1992) from the Anti-Defamation League's Braun Center for Holocaust Studies. A Sarah Lawrence alumna (class of ‘63), she always knew she wanted to be a professional writer. But, painting has been a great surprise. For twenty years (1989-2009) she served as associate director of The Center for Continuing Education, where she taught “Modern American Poetry” and “Reading and Writing the Essay.” She continues to teach in the Writing Institute.