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Three Regional Artists to Speak at Landscape Reception

KEENE, N.H. 8/29/02 Artists Kristofer Calnan of Sharon, Lauren Olitski of Marlboro, Vt., and David Putnam of Claremont will speak about their landscape works at a reception on Friday, Sept. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College.

The reception opens Interpreting Landscapes, an exhibition exploring the diverse landscape styles used by these three artists. The exhibition, which runs Sept. 3 through Oct. 13, marks the first time landscapes by these artists will be shown in the Monadnock Region.

KSC student intern Charles Langille will offer a guided tour through Interpreting Landscapes at 2 p.m. every Sunday. Langille, a senior art major, was awarded the Thorne-Sagendorph/Art Department Student Fellowship Endowment. He will be available to give tours every Sunday at 2 p.m. when exhibits are open throughout the academic year. The tours are free and open to the public and reservations are not required. For further information about the tours, call the Thorne Gallery at 603-358-2720.

Calnan, Olitski, and Putnam will talk about their varied styles of creating landscapes at the Sept. 13 reception.

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.

The reception, exhibits, and tours 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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