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Opening Reception: Vibrancy on the Brink

  • Friday, July 15, 2022
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 1st Floor DANK Treffpunkt


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Is there a more mysterious idea than to imagine how nature is reflected in the eyes of animals? –Franz Marc

Vibrancy on the Brink:

Endangered Species of Germany, America, and Beyond

Fingerpaintings by Anke Fachmann

Reading by storyteller Mark LaRoque

Opening Reception: July 15, 6-9pm (RSVP optional)


At 6:45 there will be a 20-minute reading by poet and storyteller Mark LaRoque. LaRoque (Ojibwe) was born in White Earth, Minnesota and began to write at the age of 16. LaRoque was been guided by mentor Eddie Two Rivers, award-winning poet and Chicagoan. LaRoque's work features nature as well as characters and scenes from his life experiences.  

Growing up in Germany, Anke Fachmann was influenced by remarkable artist movements such as The Bridge (Die Brücke) and The Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter). A passion for art, culture, and design led her to initially study graphic design. She received a Bachelors in Graphic Design at the Freie Hochschule für Grafik-Design & Bildende Kunst in Freiburg, Southern Germany. She then came to the US to pursue a graphic design career. Soon, Fachmann’s focus changed and she rediscovered her passion for fine art.

Color and structure are her tools to tell stories, ​to leave room for the imagination. She paints with her fingers as well as with recycled materials such as paper and coffee sleeves to give her artwork an unique expression. 

Anke Fachmann on her technique and subject matter:

“One day I worked on a big canvas using brushes. This felt tiring, so I started to dip my hands and fingers into the paint. Over time, I explored painting with recycled materials such as straws, sponges, and the paper sleeves from to-go coffee cups. Friends started saving the coffee sleeves for me and I think that is not a bad idea when it comes to recycling and our beloved planet!”

"After experimenting with mixed media and abstract work, I started to paint animals, learning more and more about endangered species through this media. I decided to focus on them, with the hope to prompt curiosity and to showcase their beauty and uniqueness.”

Fachmann uses her art to create awareness and to work together with environmental organizations and activists whenever she can. She lives in San Francisco.

This exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, July 15, from 6:00 to 9:00pm. The exhibition runs through Friday, August 19. Check back in at or our Facebook page for more information about hours and events. 

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**This event is family friendly. It takes place on the same evening as our July Stammtisch, for which childcare is available from 6-9pm. Sign up for childcare here!**

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