Harriette Forbes-Olivier's "To See and Be Seen" in the Glenn Gallery
From 1980 to 1991, Harriette Forbes-Olivier, an Atlanta artist, drew more than 200 portraits of the guests of Crossroads Community Ministries. These portraits were made with a black marker on a large piece of sketching paper.
The life-size portraits were executed on 30” x 40” drawing paper. The medium is a black felt tip pen or perhaps a Magic Marker. The individuals in the portraits appear comfortable and calm, almost always looking into the eyes of the observer. Each portrait includes the name of the person whose portrait has been drawn, along with date and the artist’s signature.
These portraits were exhibited in New York at St. Bartholomew’s on Park Avenue, in Atlanta at St. Luke’s and other locations.
Archived for decades at Crossroads, these portraits remind us of the artist’s vision to see and be seen, honoring the presence of Crossroads’ guests.