Wotiz Gallery to feature Reverend Dirkje Legerstee, a Dutch artist and historian, throughout September
Exhibit to be called “Angels in Human Skin: A Family’s Survival of World War II”
During the month of September, the Milton Public Library will host an exhibit called “Angels in Human Skin: A Family’s Survival of World War II” in the Wotiz Gallery. This display has been created by the Reverend Dirkje Legerstee, who is a Dutch artist and historian. It documents her parents’ experience during the Holocaust. The exhibit will show images and stories about Dirkje’s parents’ survival through World War II as Nazi war victims. Her father was a Dutch Christian and was taken by the Nazis as a labor slave, and her mother was a Polish Jew who was a survivor of the Shoah. This installation will depict a process of externalizing a story that has shaped Dirkje and has haunted her imagination for decades as a second generation Holocaust Survivor sponsored to come to America. The gallery’s contents will include a multi-media collage and a memory map that spans 60 plus years, and much more. This tribute to her parents will be described further in a talk about her family on Wednesday, September 25th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on the lower level of the Library, following a gallery reception from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Then there will be a follow-up inter-faith discussion to include Milton clergy called “Art to Heart InterPlay: Opening with Art & Story,” on Saturday, September 28th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. also in the Keys Community Room (meet beforehand at 9 AM in the Gallery). These programs are open to all, so please come meet a fascinating speaker and view her exhibit to learn more about what inspired this traveling World War II exhibit.