April brings fresh color to Wallkill River School with three solo shows by regional fine artists Keith Gunderson, John Slivjak, and emerging artist Antonio Mastria.
In addition to the solo shows, there is a collection of rain-themed paintings in the hallway exhibit space.
Reception will be held Saturday, April 7, 5-7 p.m. (Refreshments served). Receptions are free and open to the public, show dates are April 1-30, business hours are 12-6 p.m., Mon.-Sat.
Keith Gunderson has had the opportunity to study with many talented and original teachers, both in Chicago and in New York City. In Chicago he studied drawing with George Sotos at Tree Studios while working as a staff illustrator at the Chicago Tribune.
In New York City he studied at the National Academy of Art, The New York Academy, and the Art Students League of New York where he studied with Frank Mason, David Leffel, Harvey Dinnerstein, Gustav Rehberger and Nelson Shanks. Working in Mason’s studio at the League, he learned the craft of drawing and the mechanics of painting, most notably about the phenomena of the light effect and shadow.
Gunderson currently teaches popular classes in artistic anatomy, plein air painting, still life painting, and has classes in drawing. He also conducts workshops and painting demonstrations throughout the Northeast and Florida. His aim is to instill the concepts of volume and light to his students, providing a way to expression beyond mere imitation.
Slivjak is a professional Philadelphia based artist creating original oil paintings (Plein Air, Landscapes, and Portraits.)
Each work begins with a search for an idea, concept, or vision. He measures success by how well he is able to communicate these concepts. Plein air painting and color studies from life are important initial steps in his understanding of a subject. He considers them completed paintings if they remain truthful to the subject. In developing studio paintings, his aim is to communicate not only the truth but also the spirit of the subject. His overall goal as an artist is to grow and improve with every painting.
Slivjak trained at several art institutes such as the Philadelphia college of art, where he received a BFA in painting/drawing, followed by a MFA in painting from the Indiana institute. He has also received training from several other arts organizations.
This will be Slivjak’s first solo show with Wallkill River School.
Antonio Mastria works as a freelance artist, contributing work to creator owned and small press comics. He is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, where he studied the visual storytelling medium of comic books and illustration. Experienced in several mediums such as oil, acrylic, gouache, and watercolor painting, ink and digital media as well. Mastria has further studied drawing and painting with several instructors at the Wallkill River school.
In addition to his exhibit at Wallkill River School, Mastria has recently started offering classical drawing classes for teens, and plans to offer illustration classes in the future.
For more information, and for directions, visit wallkillriverschool.com, or call 457-2727. The Wallkill River School and Gallery is located at 232 Ward Street, Montgomery. Gallery Hours: Mon.-Sat., noon to 6 p.m.