French Exhibit 1 Chicago-Area Artist to Exhibit in Town Where Leondardo Rests: Chateau d'Amboise in Loire Valley to Host Julie Rotblatt-Amrany In Chicago, IL Julie Rotblatt-Amrany is the sculptress best known for cocreating the larger than life-size Michael Jordan flying to tip the ball outside of the United Center. In Detroit, MI she is recognized as the co-creator of the Detroit Tigers Hall of Fame Players, some reaching 17 feet high, including Ty Cobb, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Willie Horton, AI Kaline, and Hal Newhouser. In Munster, IN she is cherished for attention to detail in six and one-half acres of a Veterans Memorial Park, honoring the slain soldiers of four wars of the twentieth century. These monumental sculptural works are collaborations between Julie and her Israeli-American husband, Omri Amrany Renaissance Redux Now, May 4-June 2001, in France, visitors to a mostly 15th century Chateau in the Loire Valley of France will learn of her singular passion for a contemporary replay of the Renaissance period. Chateau d'Amboise is a place "proudly erected upon a rock," situated next to the burial site of Leonardo da Vinci, with elements of architecture dating back to the 11th century. Just as Columbus was claiming new land in 1492, the thirteen-year-old first king of unified France, Charles VIII, was taking possession of his royal home, which today still offers visitors a glimpse of Renaissance style. It is one of the great chateaux that are part of the famous "sound and light" shows of the summer season in the Loire River valley, during which it is bathed in floodlights for thousands of international guests. One Woman's "Theatre of the Soul" This spring the Chateau d'Amboise is featuring Julie Rotblatt-Amrany in a one woman exhibition. Whether she's working in granite, stainless steel, bronze or electroform, Rotblatt-Amrany says, "High realism in combination with abbreviated abstraction lets me capture the essence the Renaissance period in European history and move it forward to future tense. Elements costume, motion, human determination and the search for answers in DNA and in the galaxies have all come together for this exhibition in France," says the artist. "I've called this exhibition 'Theatre of the Soul' because the works shown all represent some facet inner as well as the outer that we all comprehend so immediately. But it is the inner that fascinates me, that has driven me to produce these pieces that are a character " Macro-Microcosmic Reflections Rotblatt-Amrany is suggesting connections between historical and allegorical figures. Her characters are at play on an imaginary stage encompassing both the macrocosm of the universe and the micro-organic world. She proposes that embedded in the DNA cells, human consciousness is charged with intention. For Rotblatt-Amrany there is a dichotomy between science and spirituality. She raises questions about the affinity between the two. The artist believes that between these realms lies the source of healing consciousness that can mend the physical body and transform the spirit, if we but choose. She perceives the soul as the guiding force that channels experience, records experience and manifests facets of this experience on multi-dimensional levels. It is uniquely fitting that Rotblatt-Amrany would find herself exhibiting such sculptures in a place that combines the last of feudalism with the best of an age noted for grace, proportion, creativity and large-scale elegance. Charles VIII brought the refinement of Italian gardens and interior design, as well as science and cooking to the Chateau d'Amboise. Rotblatt-Amrany is bringing American energy, optimistic futurism and an ageless spiritual sensibility to a center ideally suited to appreciate them.