The Opera Goes to College

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(Earlville, NY – Jan. 2013) Earlville Opera House kicks off its 2013 gallery season with its Winter Celebration of Central New York artists Saturday, Jan. 26, from noon to 3 p.m. with light refreshments and live music provided by Tumbleweed Gumbo.

The afternoon will also feature artist talks and KidsART activities.

In the East Gallery, explore the new mixed-media paintings by Christopher McEvoy in Transformer. McEvoy, an assistant professor of art at SUNY Oswego, is an artist who challenges us to see and think about what is not clearly defined as he creates through his paintings a visual dialogue between the intangible and corporeal, entropy and unity, destruction and rejuvenation.

Neither fully abstract nor representative, his art and the act of painting document the struggle between our interior and exterior worlds, between the visceral and personal as related to physical existence. McEvoy received his master of arts in painting from Brandeis University and his master of fine arts in painting from Boston University.

He was awarded a Starr Scholar Fellowship to the Royal Academy of Art in London, and has completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center and the Ragdale Foundation. He has shown his work throughout New York, as well as Boston and London.

In the Arts Café Gallery, Henry J. Drexler’s acrylic paintings in Rural Transformations examine the Central New York landscape. For more than 31 years in his studio near the dairy farm where he was raised in Norwich, Drexler has been capturing the beauty and detail of rural life in Central New York’s Chenango River Valley, the Adirondacks, Bucks County, Pa., and Middlebury, Vt.

His canvases are impressionistic landscapes that seem to simultaneously convey the history and future of a place, as well as its essence at a particular point in time. With a bachelor of arts in history from Cornell University, a juris doctor from Syracuse University and a master of laws from New York University, Drexler was self-taught as an artist, but took several art classes at Cornell and at Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica.

He has received several awards for his work and has exhibited at galleries in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, as well as at the Art In Embassies Program at the U.S. Department of State and at the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, both in Washington, D.C.

In the West Gallery, the Opera Goes to College features artists from Cazenovia College. Central New York is home to several outstanding liberal arts colleges, and each of them has exceptional art departments with accomplished artists on their faculty. Through this inaugural exhibit, EOH proudly showcases the work of several uniquely talented faculty members of Cazenovia College in this special invitational show.

The late winter exhibits in the three galleries at the Earlville Opera House Arts Center run through March 2. The EOH galleries are located at 18 East Main St., Earlville, and are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

For more information, visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com and facebook.com/EarlvilleOperaHouse.

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