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North Adams Artist Marks 100th Show With Retrospective
02:19PM / Thursday, September 22, 2011
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams artist Gregory Scheckler, a professor of art at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, will present a retrospective exhibition of art in MCLA Gallery 51 from Sept. 29 through Oct. 23.

The exhibition marks Scheckler's 100th show. "Remixed Messages: Artworks by Gregory Scheckler from 1990-2011" will feature drawings, paintings and photographs that span 21 years.

The exhibit will begin on Thursday, Sept. 29, with an opening reception from  6-9 p.m., when Scheckler will unveil new allegorical paintings. The event, part of DownStreet Art Thursday, is free and open to the public.

According to Scheckler,  the show's title is meant to illustrate the mixing, matching and revising of images throughout contemporary culture, but developed in this show as fine art. In addition to quoting images from art history, the artworks juxtapose disparate themes, or overlay or inlay mixed images.

Scheckler as an artist and teacher works from a progressive classical mindset. He uses well-known traditional art techniques rooted in academic, figurative painting but in new, often experimental (progressive) ways. His artworks range from intensive oil paintings to freewheeling cartoons, collages, photo experiments, poetry and more. Much of the artwork relates to myth and story as well as to contemporary scientific notions, often from biology or astronomy.

Scheckler is an associate professor of visual art. He teaches drawing, painting, photography and composition for the visual arts from a progressive, yet classical, viewpoint.

Although trained as a realist painter, Scheckler’s creativity embraces diverse formats from academic realism to cartoony art-brut, nature photography, photojournalism, abstraction, mail art, creative writing and mixed media experiments.

MCLA Gallery 51 is open daily from 10 to 6. For more information, call 413-664-8718 or visit www.mcla.edu/gallery51. MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.
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