Playtime

by Michael Stephens

October 10-December 21
Public Reception: October 20, 6-8 pm

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Playtime features the assemblages of Edinburg native, Michael Stephens in the Blair Sculpture Walkway.  A self-described “tinkerer”, Stephens simply loves to make stuff out of found objects – particularly metal.  This fascination began as a kid in rural Missouri where he used to dig around in old farm trash dumps for vintage bottles and rusted metal pieces. He’s since added clock parts, gears, circuit boards and unusual objects collected from international travel.  The resulting collection is not only playful but has a distinctive steam punk vibe.

A noted metalsmith and jeweler, Stephens has received over 40 awards at nationally juried art shows throughout the U.S. He will begin offering classes at the Hoyt in 2018.

Sensation of Place

The Paintings of Brain Rutenberg
On Loan from the Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC

October 10 - December 21
Opening Reception: October 20, 6-8 pm

"Boxwood" oil on linen

"Boxwood" oil on linen

 Sensation of Place features the abstract landscapes of New York based artist, Brian Rutenberg in the galleries of Hoyt East.  Despite living in NYC for some 30 years now, Rutenberg describes himself as a Southern boy whose childhood memories of Pawley’s Island and bodies of water linking South Carolina to the ocean for his complex approach to light, color and composition.

“Southern children are taught to drink in the wondrous details of the local landscape,” he said. “A flower isn’t just a flower but Blue Water Hyssop or Southern March Canna, birds are Black-bellied Whistling Ducks or Red-footed Boobies, barbeque sauce is light tomato, heavy tomato, mustard or vinegar. Poetry lives in details and the artist’s job is to intensify them.”

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Rutenberg’s work has been featured in more than 200 exhibitions across the United States and may be found in numerous museum collections including the Butler Institute of American Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Bronx Museum of Art, Peabody Essex Museum of Art, and South Carolina State Museum to name a few.  Among his honors is a Fulbright Scholarship, fellowship from the New York Arts Foundation and the Basil Alkazzi USA Award.  He is represented by the Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, SC.

A New Exhibition in Printmaking

"Land's End" Jack Carlton

"Land's End" Jack Carlton

Arts & Education at the Hoyt will present a collaborative exhibition of printmaking, poetry and bookbinding in the Main Galleries August 1-October 5. The exhibit centers around Four Seasons, a new hand-sewn book by Susan Frakes featuring a segmented poem by Philip Terman and work by the artist James Stewart.
    The idea was sparked by a Guggenheim Fellowship Stewart had received in 2007 to interpret Homer’s epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, into a narrative series of large scale paintings. This body of work was exhibited at several prominent venues including The Butler Institute of American Art, the Washington County Museum of Art, Swarthmore College, Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, Gallery 71 in New York and the Hoyt Center for the Arts.  
    The experience ignited an interest in interpreting other art forms through the visual arts, and after seeing Terman perform his poetry with a jazz band, Stewart approached him with the suggestion of illustrating a book of poems, Like a Bird Entering Through A Window and Leaving Through Another Window.  Frakes invitation soon followed. In 2014, Stewart proposed elevating the project from a book of reproduced images to collection of original etchings and letter press type that could be exhibited at universities and galleries alongside a new body of work interpreting Terman’s For Gayna and Isaiah at Rest. Four Seasons debuted at Clarion University of Art earlier this year.

James Stewart

James Stewart


    The public reception will feature poetry readings by Terman and demonstrations by the artists, August 4, 6-8 pm.  Admission is free.  Copies of the books will be available.

Melberg Artists to Visit Hoyt

"Union" oil on panel by Christopher Clamp

"Union" oil on panel by Christopher Clamp

Over the last eleven years, the Hoyt has partnered with the Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, NC to bring the works of Romare Bearden, Wolf Kahn, Oscar Bluemner and other important figures to our galleries in New Castle, PA.   This year, the Hoyt is honored to be presenting two more of Melberg’s artists: Christopher Clamp and Raul Diaz, May 23-July 28. 

While lesser known than say Bearden or Kahn, the artists are no less talented in interpreting their chosen mediums to tell their stories.  Clamp’s often referring to his childhood memories.

A native of Leesville, SC, Clamp studied painting at the Winthrop University, receiving his BFA in 2001.  The commonplace objects featured in his paintings represent the artifacts of his childhood experience with his beloved grandfather, often toys and other “treasures” his grandfather collected.  While deeply meaningful to the artist, their execution invites the viewer to bring his/her own personal history to the story unfolding on each canvas.

"Apilados I" painted bronze by Raul Diaz

"Apilados I" painted bronze by Raul Diaz

Raul Diaz was born in Argentina in 1952 where he continues to live and work as an artist.  His nostalgic paintings and sculpture also “look at the child we once were” in a dream-like environment of texture and tone.  However, his technical innovation and creation of atmosphere greatly differ from Clamp’s precision and fascination with memory. Diaz rather explores the inner parts of the human soul, including his obsession with and the anxieties experienced within his own spiritual adventure.

A public reception is planned for Friday, May 26, 6-8 pm.