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The cover of Dalma Takács's book "The Condo" - Illustration by Judy Takács
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Joint Book Signing, Art Exhibit a Family Affair

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library will host a joint book signing and art exhibit opening reception that can be called a family affair. On Jan. 27, Notre Dame College Professor Dalma Takács will sign her latest book “The Condo: Or…Life, a Sequel,” while her daughter Judy Takács will open her exhibit “His, Hers, and the Truth: Paintings of Human Realism.”

The book singing and reception will be held in the library from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will run through Feb. 18. 

Takács’ new book is a science fiction fable of the human condition. The protagonist, Jasper Wergild, hoping to relax and get away from the frustrations of life, buys an upscale condo in a mysterious gated community. He later discovers it is a gated community of a quite different kind. Everyone is allowed to enter but no one is allowed to leave. What follows is an exploration of universal themes such as good and evil, acceptance and forgiveness, and redemption and individualism, as the characters struggle to reconcile their inner demons and achieve lasting peace.

A piece by Judy Takács from her exhibit “His, Hers, and the Truth: Paintings of Human Realism” Takács has taught at Notre Dame for 24 years and served as chair of the English department. She received her undergraduate training in England at the University of London and the University of Reading, her M.S.L.S. from Case Western Reserve University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

She is the author of Meet “Me at the Globe,” a novel of Shakespeare’s England; “Our Story: Saga of a Hungarian-American Family”; and co-writer and editor of “Clear the Line: Hungary’s Struggle to leave the Axis in the Second World War,” a historical memoir by her mother Laura Louise Veress. She has also written several plays featuring historical and literary characters.

Judy Takács, who provided the cover art for her mother’s latest book, is a self-described “painter of portraits, people and life.” A 1986 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, she received her B.F.A. in illustration and portrait painting and studied art history, life drawing and painting in Florence, Italy. After a successful career in illustration and graphic design she took additional classes at the Valley Art Center and the Orange Art Center and shifted her focus from graphic design to painting people.

Takács has exhibited around Northeast Ohio, where she has won numerous awards at local juried art shows. She lives in Solon, Ohio in a custom-built house she designed. She loves painting in her spacious home studio and sometimes uses friends and family as subjects for paintings, or models for imagined psychological scenarios designed to illuminate certain existential truths. 

The exhibit may be viewed during library hours: Mondays to Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.

For further information contact Karen Zoller, director of the Clara Fritzsche Library, at 216.373.5267 or at kzoller@ndc.edu.