Accomplished painter and philanthropist Barbara Hines drew an international crowd of more than 450 for the opening of the exhibition, “Mysteries, Signs and Wonders: The Art of Barbara Hines,” at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas. Among the admirers was a hefty mix of high-profile Houstonians.
In fact, the opening was chaired by Carolyn Farb, who welcomed the Houston contingent that was led by Hines' husband, internationally renowned developer Gerald Hines. The evening also served to inaugurate the new National Center for Jewish Art, housed in the museum and focusing on Jewish and Israeli artists as well as historical and religious artifacts and ceremonial items for study.
Visitors came from as far as Italy, Israel and New York to view the exhibition of 60 paintings and works on paper that will be on view at the museum through August 2015. Barbara Hines is noted for her unique oeuvre that combines impressionist treatment with contemporary style. A descendant of German Holocaust survivors, Hines says that she finds inspiration for her works in Israel and in Judaic themes.
The artist donates 100 percent of the sales of her works to charitable causes. Proceeds from sales of selected works in the exhibition will be divided between the museum and Chabad of Dallas.
Houstonians trekking to Dallas for the exhibition opening included Wendy and Jeff Hines, Jonathan Blake, Lois and George Stark, Brenda and John Duncan, Susie Kalil, Cody Soutai, Diane and Charles Ofner and Lauran McCollum.