"From the Ground Up" A Solo Exhibit of Trees and Flowers by Shane Hickrod
Jun
21
to Jul 9

"From the Ground Up" A Solo Exhibit of Trees and Flowers by Shane Hickrod

Please join us for the opening reception of “From the Ground Up” featuring the work of Shane Hickrod. The artist’s latest work continues in his minimalist, single subject style with vibrant colors, depth of texture and complexity. The subject of this new body of work is flowers and trees. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available behind the building during this event.

The exhibit will be available through July 9th.

Artist Statement for “From the Ground Up”:

Much like real flowers and trees, this show started from a seed. The seed was the idea to simply paint flowers (the trees came along later). With time, the seed took root and spouted into a garden. These flowers and trees were not intended to grow in any particular way, but were allowed to grow wild and define themselves. They were created through a series of layering and scraping away as if tilling soil. From that soil, this show grew from the ground up.

About the Artist:

As many of us do, Shane started drawing and sketching as a child. But at the age of 18 he saw a retrospective of Francis Bacon paintings at the MOMA in New York City, which made a lasting impression on him. So much so, that he went on to graduate from USI with a BS in Art.

Constantly inspired by the world around him, he engages in his environment directly by enjoying active hobbies like skateboarding and bicycling. He finds those activities meditative, “but with the threat of bodily harm.” Irreverent, intense, and humorous, Shane’s robust view of the world readily influences his style of painting and sculpture. His work is often painted on large canvases, fitting for an artist who lives life in a big way.

"Art statements seem kind of pointless to me and historically have ruined my impression of some works of art. I like ambiguity especially in regards to visual art. I feel that when a piece is left on its own, it encourages an open dialogue with the viewer and through this collaboration meaning is found. We all have our own experiences and baggage that we bring to the conversation. The titles I give my work are usually only a description of some part of the piece; a color or some other embellishment that distinguishes one from another. I really only do this to make it easier to inventory because I feel that anything more than that would be leading and unnecessary. I want the viewers to be able and relate to my work in their own way.

Click here to view Shane Hickrod’s work.

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Divergence featuring the artwork of Michael Pittman
May
17
to Jun 1

Divergence featuring the artwork of Michael Pittman

On May 17th, 2019, join us for the Opening Reception of “Divergence” featuring the artwork of Michael Pittman. This new body of work reflects the artist's style of drawing from an eclectic variety of styles and an openness that allows a painting to develop through a dichotomy of control versus chaos. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking available behind building during this event.

The exhibit will be available through June 1st.

Artist’s Statement:

I begin a painting with no preconceived outcome in mind. I simply make marks and random shapes from edge to edge. From there I create order by identifying areas of interest and finding relationships between them to begin the process of building structure.

The eclectic variety in my numerous styles is the product of allowing mistakes to be a part of the art making process. I embrace the dichotomy of control versus chaos, employing a plethora of textures, colors and mediums while trying not to limit myself to any single style or form. The demands of the painting are revealed stoke by stroke until it finally shapes into its own identity.

I always have at least five paintings in progress at once and every painting session will involve each of them. I make no attempt to herd them into a series, preferring to draw upon 50 years of acquired technique and meander wherever the art spirit takes me. My artwork is simply an extension of my openness, innate curiosity and inquisitive mind. The paintings are driven by whatever it is I am feeling at the moment. One layer at a time, I allow each painting to simply “become.”

Click here to view Michael Pittman’s work.

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A Clear Mind and an Open Heart featuring the work of Maggie Shively
Apr
12
to Apr 27

A Clear Mind and an Open Heart featuring the work of Maggie Shively

A Clear Mind and An Open Heart” featuring the artwork of Maggie Shively. This new body of work is figurative in nature with an emphasis on the human form. If you are a fan of Maggie's other work, such as her River Barge series, those will be available as well. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking available behind building during this event.

This exhibit will be available through April 27th.

Maggie Shively is an artist currently living and working in Evansville, Indiana. She started her artistic career in Indiana, but she has lived and painted in the mountains of Colorado and by the ocean on Long Island.  While versatile in all mediums, her gallery work is concentrated in representational oil painting. 

Maggie's success in New York included several solo shows at North Main Gallery (Southampton, NY), as well as participating in group shows at Mark Humphrey Gallery (also Southampton, NY).  Local businesses and private collectors all over the country - and outside of the States as well - have acquired her work.  She became a member of the National Art Club in New York City in 2009, having been sponsored by Will Barnet, a well-known printer maker and National Medal of Arts recipient.

Well known for her collection of street scenes and barges, Maggie also paints active life portraits (both human and animals), still lifes, nudes and florals. In addition to painting on canvas, she has been commissioned to paint murals and to write and illustrate children's books.  In 2013 she completed a large outdoor mural for From the Ground Up, a Newburgh, Indiana greenhouse business. (Driving into Newburgh it can't be missed!) In 2016, a large steamship painting, commission by the owners, was featured in an Architectural Digest article showcasing their Brooklyn home.


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Kyle Eckert & Penny Macleod: Opening Reception
Aug
10
5:00 PM17:00

Kyle Eckert & Penny Macleod: Opening Reception

Join us for the opening reception for two of The Rumjahn Gallery's represented artists; Penny Macleod & Kyle Eckert.

Penny Macleod has been creating for more years than she is willing to divulge. A former art instructor, she now spends her time working in a variety of media. Her work includes needlepoint design, ceramic pieces, acrylic on canvas and mixed media. Her work is in private collections all across the country.

Kyle Eckert is from Jasper, Indiana and is a romantic at heart. As an artist, she paints her emotions chapter by chapter in order to engage the viewer. Her mediums of choice are oil and acrylic, and she considers herself a painter in the traditional, representational style. Both her landscapes and still lifes are designed to draw the viewer into the painting.

This event is free and open to the public.

For those who aren't able to make it out for the opening, the exhibit will be on display and available for viewing during regular business hours; Monday-Friday 10-5 and Saturdays 11-4.

The show will be on exhibit through Saturday, August 25th. 

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"The Painted Ladies" Opening Reception
Jun
15
5:00 PM17:00

"The Painted Ladies" Opening Reception

"The Painted Ladies" are a group of 6 female artists including Sandy Barry, Jan Frazier, Iris Gentry, Cathe Hedgespeth, Marka Kroeger, and Susie Rideout. All natives of Kentucky, that began as a group of friends gathering for critiques. When the idea that they work together to have a group show presented itself, they became "The Painted Ladies". With styles that vary from impressionism to realism, with subject matter ranging from various landscapes, still life scenes, and portraiture. 

Join us for the Opening Reception of "The Painted Ladies" on June 15th, 2018 from 5:00-8:00pm.

This event is free and open to the public.

For those who aren't able to make it out for the opening, the exhibit will be on display and available for viewing during regular business hours; Monday-Friday 10-5 and Saturdays 11-4.

The show will be on exhibit through Saturday, June 30th. 

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Birds of a Feather by Shane Hickrod
May
25
5:00 PM17:00

Birds of a Feather by Shane Hickrod

Artist Statement:

“Birds of a feather flock together“ was used as a springboard for this group of paintings.     

Ultimately, I‘m being fairly loose with the original spirit of that statement. The first part of the phrase, which is pretty straight forward, “birds of a feather,“ meaning of the same ilk or of a similar nature, was used as the theme of the show, that being… paintings of birds.  The second half of the proverb is where I turn it on its ear. They “flock together” these similar creatures. However, the only similarity these birds share is the fact that… they are birds.  In this series, that is where their commonality ends.  These birds were the vehicle to experiment with materials and style in the paintings to create a diverse body of work that feels familiar. 

I hope that you enjoy this incongruous flock that I've created.

“Hope is the thing with feathers...” - Emily Dickinson

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Kirsten Bowen Pop Up Exhibit
Mar
10
4:00 PM16:00

Kirsten Bowen Pop Up Exhibit

Artist Statement:
The goal of my work is to interpret a wide range of literary expression through visual art, thereby adding a new dimension to painting. The literal content includes lyrics, poetry and prayer on the deep and soulful side, and schedules, artificial ingredients, and side effects on the quirky side.
The medium is "Venetian Fresco" a technique I developed with colored Venetian plasters. I first prepare the canvas with an underpainting of colored plaster, then score in guidelines. Depending on the nature of the content, I pencil in the text to allow precise diction, or simply begin to paint the words to ramble on and off the canvas. When the canvas is completely built up with plaster I consider the words of Eugene Delacroix... "One always has to spoil a picture a little bit, in order to finish it." A gloss varnish is applied to the peaks of the texture to create an amplified luster, and occasionally the work is left unvarnished when a matte finish is desirable.
Some of the work falls into an abstract landscape, something that happened accidentally on my first piece. Other paintings are bands of color, or are monochromatic. Most recently elements of the human figure have been a focus, revealing a zoomed in perspective of body and face. These new challenges have taken my work to a new level, as I hadn't expected my medium to create such detail.
Though I wrestle with the importance of legibility, reading the painting to buyers adds a level of intimacy that is rewarding. 
In subtle and surprising ways multiple levels of communication are revealed through my work.

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Keepers of the Forest - Featuring the Tree Sculptures of Shane Hickrod
Oct
27
5:00 PM17:00

Keepers of the Forest - Featuring the Tree Sculptures of Shane Hickrod

This will be the last exhibit of Shane Hickrod's tree sculptures, ever! If you've been wanting to add one of these guys to your collection, now is the time.

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” 

-William Blake

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Evansville Through the Eyes of an Artist - Featuring the Art of Maggie Shively
Jul
14
5:00 PM17:00

Evansville Through the Eyes of an Artist - Featuring the Art of Maggie Shively

Artist's Show Statement

Drawing from the influences of Edward Hopper (Nighthawks)* with his urban images and moody shadows and Will Barnet (Woman Reading)* with the simplicity of his figures and animals in daily life, this group of paintings reflects my life and my surroundings since returning to Evansville in 2013.

When I first returned to this area from New York, I lived in Newburgh. Every morning from the porch of my rented cottage I watched the barges on the river and every night I would watch the sun set over the same. It was the barges that first opened my eyes to the enduring beauty of this area and I began putting them into my paintings.

But it wasn’t only barges that captured my attention. Our downtown riverfront is stunning and Evansville is full of both modern and historic architecture. In 2014 I began painting a series which included The Old Courthouse, the Four Freedoms, the Pagoda and the old Greyhound Bus Station and these are also a part of this collection.

Lastly I have drawn inspiration directly from my own life. My life in Evansville is much simpler and quieter than it was before and that simplicity is reflected in the paintings that include my books, my garden and my animals. To serve as contrast, I have also included two paintings of my more hectic life when I lived in the Hamptons and spent time in New York City.

I am proud to have been brought up here and I am content to be back. My father used to refer to it as “Heavensville”. For me, coming back, has been almost that. I have experienced reconnections to old friends and new connections to people who have made their lives here. Members of my family have returned here as well and new members (in-laws, grandchildren, etc.) have made my life full. For all of this, I am truly grateful.

So this show is a tribute to Evansville. I now see it "through the eyes of an artist."

-Maggie Shively

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