The Gallery at LaBelle Winery Derry and Artist Emily Otterman invite you to join us for an artist open house style reception and viewing of The Gratitude Collection. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the event.
We recommend dining in Americus restaurant after the artist reception; reservations suggested. Click here to make a dining reservation.
About The Gratitude Collection:
The Gratitude Collection is a compilation of works created by artist Emily Otterman whose inspiration for the show originated from her travels to the Netherlands in 2015 with her WWII Canadian Veteran father, Robert Otterman, and a group of eighteen Veterans and families to celebrate that nation’s 70th anniversary of liberation from Nazi occupation.
The experience was so powerful, it became her mission to translate what she witnessed into artwork she could share with others.
“When I re-lived the experience through photographs and read my journal entries, themes began to emerge: touch, gratitude, love & joy, connection, faith & hope. I realized they are principles I live by and why the trip was so powerful for me. It became clear I had to record the experience in a bigger more purposeful way – in a way that would provide a legacy. On a more personal level, it was a way to freeze some remarkable time I spent with my father.” Emily Otterman
Otterman’s work reminds us to remember how important our relationships are, our family stories, sharing our values, and keeping them alive through future generations. We should develop an appreciation for small gestures and fleeting moments in our lives that serve as encouragement for us to express gratitude and kindness toward each other.