Holocaust Survivor and Fused Glass Artist Frances Elson to Speak at Ventura Unitarian Universalist Church

Date(s) - 03/31/2019
11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Sanctuary, UUCV


Sharing the story of her family’s journey through the Holocaust to freedom in Canada, Frances Elson will present at the Ventura Unitarian Universalist Church at 5654 Ralston St. on Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 11:45 to 1:15pm.

Elson has commemorated her inspiring story in fused glass panels she created to symbolize the great strength and resilience of the human spirit as well as the fragility of our freedom. She will share these through a multimedia presentation and replicas of the panels, currently on display at the Museum of Ventura County. Her presentation and her art are particularly timely when signs of increasing racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry are everywhere.

Frances Elson calls her presentation “Broken…a Holocaust Memorial in Fused Glass”. It is a moving tribute to the values that we hold dear and that are felt by many to be currently under siege. As we are reminded by generations of people of all faiths in addition to the Jewish faith, we must never forget what happened in the world in the 1930’s and 1940’s when Hitler came to power.

The panels of her “Broken” work will be on display at the Museum of Ventura County in March and April, where she will be part of a panel discussion with three other local Holocaust Survivors on March 24th at 2:00 pm, and doing a Gallery Talk on April 12 at 6:00pm.

Come to the Unitarian Church to hear this unique individual’s story and be inspired by her exceptional art. For more information, contact Kathleen Wheeler at kawheeler100@gmail.com



Ms. Elson’s career spans several decades. She has worked as a social worker, therapist, administrator and teacher as well as a designer and artist. She has received many awards from various Ventura County Arts Associations, including being selected as a winner in the Delphi Glass online Art Glass Festival and having her work selected to be shown in the LA Art Association’s annual juried show. She was winner of the Western Outlook Competition and was included in Art Buzz, the 2014 Collection, a hard cover art book presenting a small group of international artists, where she was awarded first place in 2D glass.