1987 Riverside Interchurch Center Show


Outstanding painter, Elizabeth Horman, former President of the National Association for Women Artists was chosen in 1987 by the executive panel of the Interchurch Center to present a one-man show in their art gallery in the main lobby of the Center.

Mrs. Horman had previously served as the vice president of Artist’s Equity.  She was a member of the Fine Arts Federation of New York, listed in “Who’s Who in America” and she had had eight one-man shows.

This show was unique in that Elizabeth Horman arrived at the theme of the show entitled “The Search” to describe her process of reflection regarding the assassination of her son, Charles Horman during the military coup in Chile in September, 1973, as depicted in the movie “Missing” starring Jack Lemmon.  It was when a young “Piper” began to emerge in the artists’ consciousness and then appeared full blown in her painting  of “Piper III”,  in the shadow of Machu Picchu “the center of the universe”, that Mrs. Horman knew her “Piper” had found peace – and that her search had ended.

Of the Piper Series of six paintings, Elizabeth Horman said:

“These pictures are my personal search to find my way to peace.  They were painted to express my feelings as I looked for an answer along the way for ten years.”

  1. Chile: September 1973, was painted soon after I learned the intolerable fact.
  2. The Search is a large picture showing forces new in my understanding: boundaries widen with no direction from what had been my thinking.
  3. The Way shows a way to cope; it is difficult, but clear, and it indicates renewed hope and fresh heights.
  4. Machu Picchu was said to be the center of the Universe – if you climbed to it, you would find answers to your questions.  Piper I is an abstract of Machu Picchu with the first idea of the Piper beginning to emerge.
  5. Piper II – The Piper has picked up a stick and is joyfully playing on it.
  6. Piper III has come to full peace.  He is in the center of the Universe and he has found answers.  His piing is calm and totally peraceful.  With the Piper’s peace, I have found peace.

Elizabeth Horman worked in oils and watercolor.  She was an American Impressionist with some glorious leanings toward the abstract.