With a treasure trove full of paintings, drawings and photographs Nanette Hatzes will open a new art exhibit at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Gettysburg on Friday.
Hatzes will be showing off her bold and bright style of art with a reception and talk about her techniques and motivations for producing her signature pieces.
"Around the 1980s I got very interested in Buddhism," Hatzes said. "I just love the image. It's so tranquil and not like me. It's an image I've always resonated with."
This interest is reflected in many of her paintings and drawings. Buddha, along with Hatzes' own spiritual journey with the faith, are the subjects of much of her work.
Hatzes also likes to add her own twist to the religious figure, often depicting him with androgynous features. Buddha is typically depicted as a man.
Other than Buddha, Hatzes also enjoys painting abstracted landscapes and close-ups of people's faces. Much of her work is done with a pigmented wax crayon, which helps to produce the bright colors that she has become known for.
And while painting and drawing is how Hatzes spends her days now, she has spent most of her life in academia, obtaining a Ph.D in educational psychology and working as the Director of the Learning Center at several colleges and universities.
"I have always known that I wanted to be an artist," Hatzes said. "It has always been a part of my identity and now that I have retired I can afford to do it all the time."
Hatzes prizes this piece of her identity and loves to share her work with others. After the reception at the church on Friday, she will even be inviting guests back to her home to see more of the artwork that she has on display there. Her work will be on display in the church and available for purchase through November. Some of her smaller pieces will also be available for more affordable prices so that people can buy them as gifts for the holidays, said Hatzes.
"These pieces are like my children," Hatzes said. "I am trying to find homes for my children."
If you go
WHAT: Nanette Hatzes art reception
WHEN: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Church of Gettysburg, 136 S. Stratton St., Gettysburg
DETAILS: Light refreshments will be served, and art will be available for purchase.