The Museum of Ventura County is honored to host the new exhibit Broken: A Holocaust History in Fused Glass, on display March 2 – April 27, 2019 at the Museum of Ventura County in the Community Gallery. “My parents’ stories were incubating in my soul”, explains artist Frances Elson. The desire to frame her parents’ experience in the Holocaust and their family’s displacement in numerous immigration camps as lessons for others melded perfectly with the artistic medium of fused glass.

The exhibit consists of six beautifully detailed and touching glass panels, as well as a book of poetry by Frances Elson’s sister, a memoir to her great-uncle, a compilation of Cantorial and Yiddish music, and much more. “My hope is that through sharing this project, I can share the legacy of my parents and express the fragility of our freedoms through the fragility and great strength of fused glass”, artist Frances Elson expressed.

In support of Broken: A Holocaust History in Fused Glass, join us at the Museum of Ventura County in the Martin V. and Martha K. Pavilion on Sunday, March 24 from 2 – 4 p.m. for Women’s Stories from the Holocaust, a panel discussion featuring Celina Biniaz, Inga Boldt, Lee Edwards, and Frances Elson. Donna Granata, Executive Director of Focus on the Masters, will moderate this moving and hopeful discussion focused on themes of family, love and survival. Admission is free for museum members, $5 for nonmembers.

The Museum of Ventura County is privileged to also host an Artist Talk and Presentation in the Community Gallery with Frances Elson on Friday, April 12 from 6 – 9 p.m. The reception will take place from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by a multi-media presentation in the Martin V. And Martha K. Pavilion. Admission is $5 for museum members, $10 for nonmembers.

“Fran Elson’s powerful tribute to her family will be shared in a powerful and affirming Gallery tour and presentation”, explains Denise Sindelar, Programs Director at the Museum of Ventura County. “It is an opportunity to reflect on the fleeting nature of liberty from someone’s firsthand experience of loss and survival.”

Broken is on display March 2nd, 2019 through April 27th, 2019. The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main St., Ventura and is open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information on the exhibit and museum events, visit or call (805) 653-0323.

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