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Landscape Exhibit Showcases Regional Artists

KEENE, N.H. 8/5/02 The Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College opens the 2002-03 season with an exhibition of landscapes by three regional artists.

Interpreting Landscapes showcases works by Kristofer Calnan of Sharon, Lauren Olitski of Marlboro, Vt., and David Putnam of Claremont. The exhibition, which opens Sept. 3 and continues through Oct. 13, explores the diverse landscape styles used by the three artists. This is the first time landscapes by these artists will be exhibited in the Monadnock Region.

All three artists will speak briefly about their work at the opening reception on Friday, Sept. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Thorne Gallery.

Calnan, who is an artist-in-residence at Sharon Arts Center, combines painting, photography, and sculpture to create collages. Collage offers the potential for overt tension between abstract and representational forms, explains Calnan, whose landscape works exhibited at the Thorne tend towards the abstract.

Olitski, the daughter of abstract artist Jules Olitski, is showing landscape paintings for the first time at the Thorne Gallery, where she has exhibited abstracts and figurative works in four regional juried exhibitions. She says that observing the beauty of nature is so glorious it causes physical pain…So, I must try, from my experience of art and nature, to create.

Putnam, who is the owner of Claremont Custom Framing, captures landscapes with a large-format camera to produce platinum photographic prints the most permanent photo image that exists, lasting as long as the paper. My compositions are tightly controlled, giving the viewer an opportunity to experience another perspective, Putnam says.

The summer exhibition featuring work by artists from the Dublin (N.H.) Art Colony will reopen Sept. 315 in the Thornes second gallery. Selections from the Collection is an exhibition of work in the gallerys permanent collection, which includes many nationally recognized 19th-century artists from the Dublin Art Colony. The Gallery is actively seeking donations of art and contributions to enable the purchase of artwork to enhance its Dublin Art Colony holdings. A key goal of the Gallery is to acquire a broader representation of the highest quality work by this prolific group of 30 artists.

Interpreting Landscapes is the first of seven art exhibitions planned during the upcoming academic year at the Thorne Gallery. During the fall semester, the Thorne will present:

The Biennial Regional Jurors Choice Competition, from Oct. 12 to Dec. 8, a juried selection of works in various media by artists living within 30 miles of Keene and Friends of the Thorne.

Digital Frontiers: Photographys Future at Nash Editions, from Nov. 2 to Dec. 8, an exhibition of artwork created with digital cameras and computers organized by George Eastman House in conjunction with Nash Editions.

All exhibits, receptions, and programs are free and open to the public. Located on Wyman Way on the Keene State campus, the Gallery is accessible to people with disabilities. The Gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday and from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. For information, call 603-358-2720.

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