Art Capturing Realism
Works by more than 40 different artists are on display in this year’s "Capturing Realism" exhibition opening at The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University in Dallas next weekend.
The Waichulis Studio that sponsors the biennial exhibit has undergone some important changes since its last showcase of student and instructor Trompe L’oeil works, and hyper-realistic still lifes, landscape, portrait and figure drawings/paintings. In 2010, the school was approached by Wall Street trader and artist Tim Reynolds, founder of The Tim Reynolds Foundation. His concept for an expansive scale of international training by a wider base of aspiring artists would absorb the Waichulis Studio into a network of Ani Art Academies named for with respects to the Swahili word "Andjani," meaning the "road" or the "path ahead." Additional Ani Art Academies are expected to open next year in Anguilla, the Dominican Republic, and eventually in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. In addition to works produced at The Ani Art Academy Waichulis, the exhibition also features works from Jahn Studios and The Studio of Joel Carson Jones. Media varies but includes graphite, charcoal, oil paint and pastels.
A native of Bear Creek Township, artist Anthony Waichulis founded Waichulis Studio in 1998. He is represented by The John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, Calif., one of the most prestigious galleries in the United States, and has seen his work exhibited in venues including The Washington Museum of Fine Arts, The Smithsonian Institute, The Midwest Museum of American Art and the Orlando Museum of Art. In 2006, he became the first Trompe L’oeil painter to be granted Living Master status by the Art Renewal Center.
An opening reception for Ani Art Academy Waichulis’ Capturing Realism 2011 will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5-8 p.m. The exhibition will remain on display through Dec. 10. Normal gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 674-6250 for more information or visit aniwaichulis.com or www.aniartacademies.org. A landscape photographer inspired by the wilderness surrounding her Dalton home and beyond, Susan Scranton Dawson will open a new exhibition of recent works titled "Spare Parts" in the Mahady Gallery at Marywood University on Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
The bulk of the work on display pieces together slices of both urban and pastoral scenes. In a release for "Spare Parts," Dawson describes her work as "a process of seeking and winnowing. Being quiet enough to be aware of what attracts and what translates, shopping for your heart in your surroundings, and finding your ground."
The artist is represented by the Laura Craig Gallery of Scranton and has previously seen her work exhibited at the AFA Gallery, the Everhart Museum, and Keystone College. She will speak about her work at a Gallery Talk on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m., also in the gallery.
The show will remain on display through Nov. 20. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Call 348-6211 x2428 or visit www.marywood.edu/galleries.
A professor of art at the State University of New York in Cortland, Vaughn Randall’s work in recent years flirts with the steampunk aesthetic that embraces the future while looking backward to a more mechanical era.
An exhibition of his works titled "The Pros & Cons of Unitized Construction" opens at Keystone College’s Linder Gallery next weekend with a reception for the artist on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Sculptures cast in iron and bronze will be displayed along with large drawings on plywood panels that explore pre-industrial motifs.
"Vaughn Randall’s artwork evokes a very contemporary anguish," offered gallery director Drake Gómez via press release. "His sculptures are like machines in search of a purpose. I think of them as expressing a kind of mechanistic existentialism."
The artist will share his own thoughts on the work in a public presentation Monday, Oct. 31 at 9:45 a.m. in the Hibbard Campus Center.
The exhibition will remain on display through Dec. 2. The Linder Gallery is located in the Miller Library on the LaPlume campus and is open during library hours. Call 945-8335 or visit www.keystone.edu/lindergallery for more information.