"This piece was created as part of my fall 2018 Duomo collection. The collection was inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina where I grew up. I spent four months in Italy in college, where I interned at the Florence Cathedral. It’s known as the Duomo, which translates literally to home. In the US we generally associate this word with the cathedrals in either Florence or Milan, but in fact any cathedral can be known locally by this name, and an Italian friend explained that this is because the local cathedral is the home of the people’s hearts. The collection therefore, named the mountains as the home of my heart, sacred to me. Venti specifically recalls ridge lines, and the feeling of freedom and vulnerability that comes from being in a high, open space. Venti means winds, which in this piece are represented as slashes of color. I think in painting this I wanted to explain that strange coexistence of feeling free and powerful but also small and vulnerable to those uncontrollable and unanticipated buffets and pulls of the air around you."

- Elizabeth Shanahan

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Artwork: Prayers Riding the Thermals by Cheryl Kinderknecht, Temple by Jeff Diener