Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Open for public viewing May 16th - August 30th
Atelier Masterworks Exhibition Featuring Internationally Recognized Artist-Instructors Gwen Marcus, Leo Mancini-Hresko, and David Shevlino Presented at Emerging Arts Complex
May 17, 2019, St. James/Smithtown, NY -- The Atelier at Flowerfield proudly presents Atelier Masterworks 2019, an annual group show held at Atelier Hall, the school’s exhibition space designed to complement their traditional fine-art training. This exhibition features work from ten local and visiting instructors, with an emphasis on welcoming nationally recognized instructors Leo Mancini-Hresko, Gwen Marcus, and David Shevlino back to the greater St. James and Stony Brook communities. The exhibition also features the work of Atelier at Flowerfield’s year-round professional instructors Kevin McEvoy (director), Lana Ballot, James Beihl, Bill Graf, Megan Euell, and Wendy Jensen.
Atelier Masterworks 2018 comprises 31 two-dimensional works: still lifes, landscapes, interiors, figures, and portraits painted predominantly in oil (works in charcoal and pastel are also included). The show also boasts a collection of sculpture pieces by notable local artist Gwen Marcus, who will present several full life bronze cast figurative pieces in the 2,000 square foot exhibition space. The works included in this exhibition as a whole embody the educational focus of The Atelier and McEvoy’s mission to teach classical fundamentals of drawing and painting from life as a spring board for individual expression in a contemporary context. The inclusion of life-size sculpture in the Masterworks exhibition also highlights the introduction of the Atelier’s first sculpture program, beginning in summer 2019.
Leo Mancini Hresko — a graduate and former principal instructor of The Florence Academy of Art, who now runs his own studio in Waltham, Massachusetts — has five works in the Atelier Masterworks 2018 exhibition. Known for his knowledge of Old Master methods and materials, Mancini-Hresko applies those principles to impressionistic and expressionistic portrayals of his surrounding world: predominantly on-site landscapes from New England and his travels abroad. Mancini-Hresko has been included in group exhibitions throughout the world, including in Italy, Greece, Ireland, England, and Russia. He has taught his approach to hand-crafting his own oils, canvases, and mediums at various schools and institutions, including at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and he continues to be a part of an ongoing cultural exchange between Russian and American painters.
Leo Mancini-Hresko, Rock Port Harbor
Gwen Marcus — a graduate of NYU and the Rhode Island School of Design, Marcus has taught and displayed sculpture internationally for over forty years, most recently completing a teaching residency at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina. She has been awarded the Gold Medal of Honor from both the Allied Artists of America and Audobon Artist, Inc. Her delicate execution of the human form in sculpture highlights her foundational training which has developed into a more sensitive narrative of observation.
Gwen Marcus, Silence
Gwen Marcus, Pearl
David Shevlino - received his training at the historic Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and also studied at University of Pennsylvania and the Art Students League of New York. A firm believer in a traditional fine-art foundation, Shevlino has also developed an appreciation for more expressive styles and experimentation. His artwork lives in that energetic tension between representation and abstraction, a place where the artist feels most comfortable and confident. Shevlino has four works in this exhibition, showcasing the various sides of his stylistic personality.
David Shevlino, Yellow Cloth
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