US expert lecturer visits Rockhampton
AFTER a short break due to flooding, ADFAS Rockhampton is looking forward to hosting Sandra Mowry (pictured) of the United States as the second of eight visiting international expert lecturers this coming Saturday. Sandra will give a beautifully illustrated talk: 'Ancient Mayan Art & Architecture: Hidden Secrets of the Jungle' commencing at 10.30am in the Fitzroy Room of the Rockhampton Regional Library.
The Mayans were an extremely long lived civilisation, thriving from about 2000BC until the Spanish Conquistadors arrived. Their kingdoms were located in what is now Mexico and also throughout Central America. Their arts were highly evolved and they were experts in monumental art and architecture especially pyramids. The Mayans also devised one of the first forms of hieroglyphic written language.
The lecture will present the history and culture of this ancient civilisation, whilst focussing primarily on the cultural and artistic developments of the Mayans. The lecture will explore the different ways the Mayans immortalised their culture in artworks: via intricately carved stelae, polychromatic figures, ceramics, murals, hieroglyphs, textiles and soaring temple pyramids. There will be visual examples and the typical Mayan stylistic elements will be explained. Sandra will also focus on the monumental art and architecture commissioned by the kings to immortalise themselves.
Sandra Mowry has had a lifelong fascination with ancient civilisations and studied them to postgraduate level in the US. Thereafter she has had a long and varied career as a writer, lecturer and world traveller. In her spare time she paints in watercolours and on furniture and also runs programs at the Museum of Philadelphia on the architecture and artefacts of ancient civilisations.
This is a lecture for ancient history buffs, those interested in anthropology and archaeology, artists looking for inspiration and those planning or dreaming about a trip to Central America - there will be something for just about anyone, all beautifully illustrated via a digital presentation and followed by a very generous morning tea. The presentation will start at 10.30am in the Fitzroy Room of the Rockhampton Regional Library on Bolsover St. All are welcome to attend: free for members and casual visits are $25 which includes morning tea with the lecturer. 2017 Memberships are still available. See the Rockhampton page at adfas.org.au for further information or ADFAS Rockhampton on Facebook.
IF YOU GO:
What: ADFAS Rockhampton presents Sandra Mowry
Where: Fitzroy Room, Rockhampton Regional Library
When: Saturday, May 27
For more information: adfas.org.au