John Hartell

Mark Messersmith

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March 25 - April 29, 2017

Mark Messersmith:  Pay the Thunder No Mind-Listen to the Birds, and Hate Nobody - adapted from a quote by Eubie Blake

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 25, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Valley House Gallery presents our third solo exhibition for Mark Messersmith, a Professor at Florida State University in Tallahassee.  In his lushly-colored paintings, Messersmith creates dense narratives packed with animals, plants, and insects that express his concern for the shrinking world they inhabit.  His large-scale oil paintings on canvas are embellished with carved pediments at the top and predella dioramas along the bottom, additions that expand on the narrative as in Medieval manuscripts and Renaissance altarpieces.  Messersmith earned a BFA in painting at Fontbonne College in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1977, and an MFA in painting from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, in 1980.  He is a Professor of Art at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he has taught since 1985. In 2006, he was awarded the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in Painting.

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March 25 - April 29, 2017

John Hartell:  Retrospective

Opening Reception with the artistís daughters, Kay Cattarulla and Mari Quint:  Saturday, March 25, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Valley House Gallery is pleased to present the first exhibition in the south of paintings by American artist John Hartell (1902-1995) who had numerous solo shows in New York galleries beginning in 1937.  His 61 year association with the modernist notable, Kraushaar Gallery in New York, gave him wide recognition in the northeast. Luminous color, architectural and figurative elements along with a minimalist aesthetic all express his joyful, inquisitive nature.  He balanced life between the daily studio practice of an artist with that of a professor of both architecture and painting at Cornell University.

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