Artist’s Glimpse into the Past Memorializes Spirit of Anne Frank

HOUSTON, TX (Aug. 24, 2010) – After a glamorous fashion career that spanned six decades, Dallas Hill now lives and paints in a cedar-lined cabin in the Texas art community of New Ulm. In 2004, she turned her heart to portrait painting.

 Dallas Hill

 Artist Dallas Hill

Inspired by the story of Anne Frank, she captured the beauty and youth to memorialize the young woman in her new exhibit “The Holocaust: An Artist’s Glimpse of the Past,” on view Sept. 17, 2010 through Dec. 17, 2010 in Holocaust Museum Houston’s Laurie and Milton Boniuk Resource Center and Library, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. The public is invited to a free preview reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16. Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In addition to the Frank portrait, the exhibit also includes images of two of the men responsible for her death – Adolf Hitler and Adolf Eichmann. The black-and-white portraits of Hitler and Eichmann stand in stark contrast to the colorful portrait of Frank. Also included are portraits of President Dwight Eisenhower and Gen. George Patton.

Hill says she has no “formula” for her work. “When I paint, I am in a different world, using acrylics and pastels and sometimes using a sable eyebrow pencil,” she said.

Fashion acted as a thread that drew Hill to the life of Anne Frank. A photograph of Frank in a coat reminded Hill of a similar coat she wore as a girl.

Her art speaks to the heart of humanity. Standing next to her easel, the unused top of her built-in stove, she said, “It’s always possible to have more than one trip in a lifetime.”

This exhibition is dedicated to Ben and Julie Rogers; Ophelia Warner; Jerry and Christian Hill; Michael Myers and Joseph and Bernice Hain. The exhibit is presented with special thanks to Continental Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

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