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Thorne Art Exhibit Plays with Space and Spatial Relationships

Im Always Chasing Rainbows by Tony DeBlasi
Im Always Chasing Rainbows by Tony DeBlasi

KEENE, N.H., 4/26/07 - Contemporary art from the 1960s to the 1990s that plays with and examines space and spatial relationships will be exhibited this summer at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College. “Illusionary Space and Other New Encounters,” an exhibit of artwork culled from the Thorne Gallery and Keene State College collections, will open Friday, June 1, and continue through Sunday, July 29. This exhibit will premiere works by Tony DeBlasi, Jack Lembeck, and Theodoros Stamos, all gifts to the College from the Louis K. Meisel Gallery in New York City, and a sculpture by Blanche Dombeck, donated by Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene. Other artworks from the College and gallery collections also will be displayed. This will be the first public showing of recent gifts of artwork to the College and the gallery, said Maureen Ahern, director of the Thorne Gallery and curator of the exhibit. The contemporary works range from abstract paintings to three-dimensional wall pieces and self-standing sculpture. All works occupy space in different ways or give the illusion of movement through space. During the summer, the gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday noon to 4 p.m. It will be closed Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Located on Wyman Way on the Keene State campus, the Thorne Gallery is accessible to people with disabilities. To request accommodations for a disability, please call the gallery at least two weeks before your visit. For more information, call 603-358-2720 or visit This fall, the Thorne will be one of only five national venues for an exhibit of well-known American art. This exhibit, “From Cassatt to Wyeth: American Masterworks from the Mitchell Museum,” will be open from September 14 through November 11 and includes works by such nationally known artists as Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sergeant, George Bellows, Robert Henri, William Glackens, and others. These artists are among the most significant figures in the development of American art and the wider history of art. This significant exhibit will be the basis of the Friends of the Thorne Education program for area schoolchildren.

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