(Cazenovia, NY – June 2012) Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, a unique, outdoor art and sculpture park, is pleased to announce the season’s second exhibition George Van Hook, An American Impressionist. The exhibition, which is also being presented by The Gallery of CNY and sponsored by The Richard Mather Fund and Joseph A. Stagnitti, Jr., will run from Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, July 27 in the John and Virginia Winner Memorial Art Gallery. The gallery is open every Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with wine tasting by Owera Vineyards.
The exhibition will feature the work of George Van Hook. Van Hook (born 1954) is an internationally recognized painter who paints en plein air during the Spring, Summer and Fall. During the winter months, he paints figure and still life. Works from each of these areas will be on display, in addition to new work that he will be painting in the weeks leading up to the exhibition, while staying in the area.
Van Hook has exhibited for over 35 years throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. He was raised in Pennsylvania, then studied and worked as an artist in California, France, and Italy where he immersed himself in work by the Old Masters and Impressionists. Van Hook’s landscapes depict rural scenes, having been influenced from spending time as a child on an 18th Century family farm in Bucks County. “Our future depends on the preservation of the landscape. Short of the National Parks, the family farm best provides that,” said Van Hook who now resides in Cambridge where he raised his family and maintains his studio.
Jennifer Schutzendorf, owner of The Gallery of CNY and represents Van Hook said “George’s paintings are as brilliant as he. I get so excited for people to not only see his work, but to meet him and hope many will take advantage of this opportunity at the opening reception and workshop at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park.”
“The light, form and color of George Van Hook’s paintings are handled with the stroke of a master,” said Schutzendorf. “The essence of each painting makes a long lasting impression that I strongly believe will make his work an important part of our American art history.”
Van Hook has generously donated a painting valued at $1,500 to the Art Park, which will be raffled at the end of the exhibition. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase, for $10 each, at the opening reception, in the gallery or the Art Park offices (315-655-3196).