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Foreword|By Bill Lowe

It is an honor for Bill Lowe Gallery to share this historic exhibition with you.  Every painting in it addresses matters that are acutely relevant to our time.  The potency of the images literally “gives face” to a scope of issues that have forged an epic dilemma for humanity, and an equally epic opportunity for healing at a personal and a societal level.

It is with this hope that we present William Stoehr’s seminal body of work.  Its title,
Victims – Witnesses – Survivors, embraces all of humanity in one way or another.  The visages – the portraits - that compose this show underscore with great eloquence the recognition that “a picture is worth a thousand words”.  In the case of William Stoehr’s work, “a picture is worth a billion words”.   This is, indeed, a visual manifesto.  

We are bombarded daily with statistics related to deaths from domestic and gun violence, AIDS, Ebola and other epidemics, famine, displacement, immigration, poverty, addiction and mental illness – to the point that many have become numb; not because of indifference, but because statistics alone do not tell the story.  It is the faces – the eyes, windows to the soul – that best convey the story.  This is why art becomes the best arena in which to personalize it and penetrate our intellectual and emotional armor.   

These are the times that try men’s souls.   Words written by the great American patriot, Thomas Paine, in 1776, in his unforgettable call to action in “The American Crisis”.  They are indelibly imprinted in our minds.  At that time, the crisis was our nation’s independence – our foundational liberty.  But the words ring as true today as they did then. Today we face existential threats to our national heart, and our national soul – destruction from within.

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About Bill Lowe Gallery

For three decades, Bill Lowe Gallery has served as a portal to global visual culture for art enthusiasts around the world. Our unique juxtaposition of style and substance is articulated in exhibitions that embrace universal and eternal considerations with great visual drama. This has earned the gallery recognition as a sanctuary for the cross-cultural intersection of beauty and meaning. 

The gallery's philosophical architecture is built upon a reverence for the alchemical nature of artistic expression. Our vision honors the profoundly spiritual nature of visual language and the role it can play in affecting paradigm shifts at both a personal and societal level. 

It is with this mandate that we have assembled a world-class stable of artists who intuitively have their fingers on the pulse of the Universe. Their expression is not an ironic or satirical look at the human condition. Instead, the gallery’s program presents powerful, content-driven works that utilize technical mastery and a visual eloquence to transform the human heart and soul at intimate levels. 

For our collectors, the gallery is an oasis of beauty. Of civility. Of contemplation. This is coupled with a dynamism informed by a world view rooted in the metaphysical aspects of history, anthropology, spirituality, philosophy, psychology, and biology. Bill Lowe Gallery has a transformative impact that forever enlightens those who experience it.

Bill Lowe Gallery has become a cultural institution in the Southern United States. Our commitment is to reflect Atlanta's emergence as the world's new epicenter of art, science, and technology through a kinetic dialogue with artists and audiences across the globe.