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Moving art videos and pandemic-related art at Elliott Museum

Elliott Museum to feature moving art videos and pandemic-related art
STUART, Fla. — Guests can expect to be moved, literally, with “The Lightness in Being” art exhibit at the Elliott Museum by video installation artist and photographer Cheryl Maeder. The museum will host an opening reception in the Flex Gallery from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 28. The reception is free to members and $5 to non-members with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The exhibit will feature nine of her installation art videos on three screens in a blackened exhibition space and will remain through October 26 at the Elliott Museum, 825 NE Ocean Blvd.
Maeder was born in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, and in her early 20s, moved to Zurich, Switzerland, where she studied photography at the Zurich University of the Arts. After eight years in Switzerland, she returned to the United States and opened a photography studio in San Francisco, where she photographed international advertising and fashion campaigns.
She transitioned from photographing fashion models to photographing real women, to celebrate the beauty of women in all shapes and sizes. Her photography work became the inspiration for the Dove Campaign on Real Women, Real Beauty, which transformed the way women are viewed in the global media. In 2005, she relocated her studio to the Miami area and deeply immersed herself into fine art photography and filmmaking.
While the foundation of her work is photography, investigations into video and large-scale installations have expanded her visual world. By immersing herself into the world of new technologies and shifting between the mediums, new opportunities for rewarding and creative collaborations have occurred for large-scale installations. Learn more at and
“Emerge and Enlighten” is another unique art exhibit that just opened at the museum. It marks the pandemic cycle’s impact on the consciousness of artists. For many artists, the seemingly endless days spent in some degree of isolation impacted their work. Perspectives were often clouded by loneliness and a host of other concerns for safety and an unknown future.
These feelings found their way into their artistic works during these long months. In time, doors and windows were opened, and they were able to return to a world where they could, in some measure, love each other again. This emergence was a rebirth for many and showed indelibly in their work.The artists’ works represent a piece that was created when they were in the darkness and another piece that was created when they came back into the light.
“Our intention was to create an exhibit that juxtaposes works from isolation against works from emergence,” said HSMC President & CEO Rob Steele. “The pandemic has made its mark on all of us, and we believe the results of this eye-opening exhibition will be inspiring.”
The exhibit features the works of several local artists and will remain on display in the Second Floor Gallery until October 20.
The Elliott Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting in September, the museum will be open every day during those same hours. For more information, visit the website, or call the Elliott Museum at 772-225-1961.
About the Historical Society of Martin County
Since 1955, the Historical Society of Martin County has served as a guardian of local history and a cultural center by operating the Elliott Museum, (825 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart) and the House of Refuge Museum at Gilbert’s Bar, (301 SE MacArthur Blvd., Stuart) which opened in 1876 and served as a haven for shipwrecked survivors. The Elliott Museum seeks to preserve and celebrate the region’s colorful history by presenting an eclectic mix of traveling and rotating permanent exhibits, lectures and experiential events. The House of Refuge’s mission is to educate the public about the historical significance of Martin County’s iconic landmark and to ensure its historical integrity and preservation. For more information, go online to or call 772-225-1961.

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