Two local art professors recently returned from a month-long trip to Italy with enough visual imagery to fill dozens of canvases and the walls of the gallery at Gordy Fine Art and Framing in Downtown Muncie Indiana.
Scott Anderson and David Hannon have titled their upcoming exhibit, Vistas, Vandals, Visions and Vermin – Excerpts from Italy. An opening reception will take place during the monthly First Thursday gallery event at Gordy Fine Art and Framing on June 3, 2010 from 5 to 8 PM. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend and experience Italy through two artists’ eyes.
The pair taught during the “Art in Italy” program offered biennially by the Ball State Department of Art to students and faculty. Anderson notes that his paintings were inspired “by the regions and cities we visited, as well as the longevity of the Italian culture, the food, religion, everything we saw and everything that happened – all of it inspired our work.”
Several of Anderson’s canvases feature a painterly backdrop upon which float images of political, or psycho/social images: towers alongside dream-like figures, saints and colorful biomorphic shapes. Titles point to the artist’s intentions, “Teeter Tower,” or “Arrival of the Tea.”
Hannon’s pieces include both landscape and interior views of his journey. He offers,” It was simply very inspirational. To experience the Italian landscape is almost impossible to put into words much less paint or draw; these works are my attempt.” His “East Olive Grove” features a rich yet subdued palette – blues, greens and browns – on a field of olive trees that seem to be dancing in unison. “I think that the true lesson of creating art in Italy is that experience is everything.”
Gordy Fine Art and Framing is located at 224 East Main Street in downtown Muncie. For more information call 765-284-8422 or visit www.gordyframing.com.