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Roberts To Lecture
Roberts was selected as one of five
2016 Makers: Women Who Make
Southwest Florida by WGCU Public Media,
in partnership with the Southwest Florida
Community Foundation and the Women’s
Fund of Southwest Florida. Nominated by
the public, the selection of Roberts was
based on her impact in the arts and social
justice in Southwest Florida.
One of the subjects from Roberts’ Hidden
In The Trees series, Anne Jaffe, shared her personal story of surviving the Holocaust with
“Her story is so intriguing and inspiring,” said Roberts, who traveled to Delaware to
speak with Jaffe. “When she was 10 years old, she had to run for her life into the woods
in Poland. She survived, hidden, for two years.”
Even more remarkable, Roberts explained, was Jaffe’s resolve to live a positive life.
“The story she wanted to tell is remembering the man who helped save her family,”
she added. “She wanted to focus on the ‘good’ in people, and the positive outcome.”
On Thursday, January 26, Roberts will attend the opening of the Dream Peace
exhibit at Hodges University, which will run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the gallery
opening reception is free.
The following week, on Tuesday, January 31 from 1 to 2:30 p.m ., Hodges University
will again host Roberts for a gallery lecture entitled The Horrors and Heroes of the
During this session, Roberts will describe her ongoing journey as a painter of “happy
retro-Florida” images and works of social commentary. Her goal of the latter is to raise
the consciousness of future generations about anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and because
light can emerge out of darkness... a dream of peace. Admission is $10 and advanced
registration is required.
Roberts asked that people who attend either or both of her appearances at
Hodges University please make a donation to White Helmets, a volunteer civil defense
organization in Syria that carries out search-and-rescue and firefighting operations
following attacks against civilians. They are apolitical and non-partisan: their mandate is
to save lives.
According to Roberts, her cousin, Steven Katz, has personally witnessed the
humanitarian work being done by White Helmet volunteers.
“(Steven) served four tours of duty in Iraq, and witnessed the horrors going on in the
Middle East,” said Roberts, whose cousin currently works at The Pentagon. “The White
Helmets are the first responders in Aleppo.”
For more information or to make a donation, visit www.whitehelmets.org.
“I’m always delighted when people show a curiosity for what I do,” she added. “What
makes me an unusual artist is that I enjoy taking the time to do something that’s raw or
visceral or diverse in some meaningful way.”
On Monday, February 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m ., Hodges University will also host a
lecture entitled A Hero and Survivor of the Holocaust: Robert Hilliard and Steen Metz.
Attendees will hear Hilliard, a World War II veteran and hero who helped to liberate
Dachau concentration camp months after the war ended. Discovering sick and starving
prisoners who were not receiving the proper help from the U.S. government or Jewish
relief organizations, Hillard and a fellow G.I ., Edward Herman, began a letter-writing
campaign to seek funds from Americans. The letters caught the attention of President
Harry Truman, as well as The New York Times.
In addition to Hillard’s story, guests will also hear from Metz, who was deported, along
with his parents, to Theresienstadt concentration camps in 1943 when he was 7 years
old. Losing his father to starvation after only six months in the camp, he and his mother
were liberated in April 1945. Metz, like Hilliard a longtime resident of Sanibel, has shared
his story with more than 12,000 people since October 2011.
Admission to the Hilliard/Metz lecture is $10 and advanced registration is required.
Attend both the January 31 and February 20 lectures for $15.
Hodges University’s Naples campus is located at 2647 Professional Way. For
directions, to register for either lecture or for more information, contact April May at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 598-6153.
One of Myra Roberts’ paintings – from her
Hidden In The Trees series – depicts a tree
filled with images of Holocaust survivor
Anne Jaffe’s family members
Myra Roberts with Holocaust survivor Anne
photos courtesy Myra Roberts
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