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The Landscape Revisited: Jonathan Beer, Sandra Gottlieb, Martin Weinstein

Main Gallery

Jan 17 2015 - Feb 22 2015

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About the artist: Jonathan Beer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts, New York City, and a Master of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art. He has had solo exhibitions at the Albany Molecular Corporation and Bethlehem Public Library, both Albany,N.Y., and he has been in group exhibitions at New York University, Theaterlab,The Puffin Room, and the ArtNow Fair, all in New York City. 

Sandra Gottlieb studied at the International Center of Photography, New York City, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Brooklyn (N.Y.) College. She has had solo exhibitions at World Fine Art Gallery and New Century Artists, both in New York City, and Southern Exposure Gallery,Palm Beach, Fla. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Washington Gallery of Photography, Washington, D.C.; Limner Gallery and New York Museum of Water, New York City; Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis,MD.; Palm Beach(Fla.) Photographic Centre; and Capitol Art Gallery, Tallassee, Fla. Her work is in the collections of the Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, Colo.; and Cabrini Medical Center, New York City. She has also been featured in publications that include New Art International, The Photo Review, American Archives of World Art, and Photographers Forum.

Having studied painting at the Tyler School of Art and graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Martin Weinstein and his wife founded Art in General, a leading alternative art space in lower Manhattan. His exhibitions have been featured at Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, New York; L'Institute Polonais de Paris, Paris,France;  Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, Fla.; Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Edith Barrett Fine Art Gallery, Utica, N.Y.;and the Lake George (N.Y.) Arts Project. His work is included in collections at Gallerie Jean Claude Bellier, Paris, France; Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City; Paradise and Alberts, New York City; and Frendel, Brown and Weissman, New York City.

About this exhibit: The art of landscapes from a range of perspectives in both style and execution will kick off the new year in Spiva's galleries. 

The Main Gallery will feature a trio of artists who embrace radically different approaches to their subjects.

The Landscape Revisited, organized by Katharine T. Carter & Assoc., will showcase divergent views of settings both real and imagined. Jonathan Beer's work borders on the surreal, while Sandra Gottlieb captures pure motion in realistic photographic seascapes. The third artist, Martin Weinstein, seems to bend the laws of physics through paintings constructed on layered acrylic sheets.

Beer's work becomes allegorical by combining a vision of landscape with elements of human construction. For him, art becomes a method of testing hypotheses about the nature of reality and the validity of one’s perceptions.

Many of Gottlieb's black and white prints of sea and sky were taken from the same vantage point overlooking the Atlantic Ocean:the third floor window of her home in Rockaway Beach, Queens, N.Y. Others were shot on the coast of Florida. Her photography depicts the timeless quality of the sea in all its differing forms, whether peaceful and calm or tumultuous and angry.

Weinstein creates his Hudson Valley inspired landscapes by layering paintings on clear acrylic sheets into a single, multi-layered whole. The plein air painter may return to a site two or three times, capturing a slightly different viewpoint, time of day, or season. When layered, the images sometimes result in a startling 3D effect as elements shift position and focus. At other times, that illusion is denied through adept paint handling.

The Landscape Revisited: Jonathan Beer, Sandra Gottlieb, Martin Weinstein is sponsored by W. Robert Corley with additional financial support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. 

Billyo O'Donnell: Painting Missouri

Regional Gallery

Jan 17 2015 - Feb 22 2015

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About the artist: Recognized as one of America's leading landscape artists by several prestigious plein air invitationals, Missouri artist Billyo O'Donnell has won Best of Show and other awards in "paint outs" in Laguna Beach, Calif., Wexford, Ireland, and Maui, Hawaii. He is also known for his paintings of the Roswell Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Milwaukee Symphony.

His work has been exhibited in the Mike Carroll Gallery, Lanai, Hawaii; Plein Air Painters' Invitational, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, Calif.; Northern Colorado Artists' Association National Exhibit, Jackson Hole, Wyo.; and California Art Club Outdoor Painting Festival, San Juan Capistrano Mission. Among the honors he has received are the Advocacy Award in 2003 and the Independent Artist Award in 2012, both from the Missouri Arts Council.

About this exhibit: Spiva patrons will get a sampling of the unique qualities of Missouri counties via landscape paintings when selections from Billyo O'Donnell's Painting Missouri are presented in the Regional Focus Gallery, Jan. 17 through Feb. 22.

The work featured in the exhibit is part of O'Donnell's seven-year project in which he traveled the state to paint in plein air in all 114 counties, plus the city of St. Louis. He traveled during all seasons so he could capture just the right time and place to paint on location. It meant working in snow and ice, as well as heat and humidity, to ensure that each season was represented.

Painting Missouri is documented in a book by the same name. The publication received the Missouri Humanities Governor's Book Award in 2009. O'Donnell and Painting Missouri author Karen Glines will speak about the project in a special Art in the Afternoon appearance at Spiva, Saturday, January 17.

Not all of the counties that O'Donnell painted will be featured in the exhibit, but those in this area will be represented. Scenes of serene, bluff lined rivers,pastures dotted with wild flowers or hay bales, and representations of the small towns that populate the state will be included.

"Painting Missouri"is just one of O'Donnell's projects devoted to depicting the state's natural settings. He is founder of “Artists Along the Katy Trail,” an exhibit project in which 200 artists painted along the trail that is the longest rails-to-trails conversion in the U.S. He also founded a similar project, “Artists Along Missouri,” that is more focused on painting in specific regions of the state.

Painting Missouri is sponsored by Commerce Bank with additional financial support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.