“Portraits in Nature: Paintings and Works on Paper” by regionally recognized artist Gloria Plevin will be on view in the Laura Mesaros Gallery at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center, beginning Sunday, June 17.
The exhibition will be open through Aug. 2.
The opening reception will be held Sunday, June 17, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the gallery. Plevin will speak about her art at 2 p.m.
Born in Pittsburgh as one of two children of Elizabeth and Sidney Rosenthal, Plevin grew up in Clarksburg and now lives in the Cleveland area.
She considers her paintings of flowers to be portraits, with each flower having its own spirituality. Her flowers are subtle, elegant and accurate, with all elements placed in balanced harmony to respect nature’s design.
A prominent artist, listed in “Who’s Who in American Art 1995-Present,” Plevin graduated from Ohio University and also attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cooper School of Art, and Chautauqua Summer Schools.
She paints in acrylic, watercolor and pastel and also makes monoprints and etchings. She owns and directs the Gloria Plevin Gallery of Chautauqua, N.Y., an area that has provided major inspiration for her work and is her beloved summer home.
Plevin’s artistic career that has spanned almost 50 years and has brought her significant regional recognition. Her paintings have been selected for a variety of awards and have joined the permanent collections of respected museums and galleries.
Numerous exhibitions of her work have been held in Cleveland and Chautauqua, where she maintains her studios, and throughout Ohio and upstate New York. One of the many highlights of this distinguished career was a 1993 solo exhibition of her paintings at the Salem, Ohio, branch of the Butler Institute of American Art.
“Plevin’s paintings are the result of an integrated process involving the mind, eye and hand—all of which are governed by her reverent attitude toward nature,” said Bernie Schultz, professor of art history at WVU and director of education and external affairs for the Art Museum of WVU.
“Plevin’s flower portraits offer a comparison to a historical foundation of still-life painting which was so beautifully advanced in the 17th and 18th centuries in Holland by artists such as Maria van Oosterwyck and Rachel Ruysch.
“In the elegant, often sumptuous, still-life floral paintings by these artists, we also confront that continuity of the life cycle, as the flowers depicted often were meant to express the transient reality of the things of this world.”
Located in the Creative Arts Center, the Mesaros Galleries are named in honor of art patrons, Drs. Paul and Laura Mesaros. The Galleries are managed and programed by the Art Museum of WVU in conjunction with the School of Art and Design.
For more information, including when the exhibition may be viewed during summer, contact the School of Art & Design at 304-293-4077 or curator Robert Bridges at 304-293-2312 or Bob.Bridges@mail.wvu.edu.
CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
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