Altered Landscapes Here and Now: Works by Ron Kroutel

Altered Landscapes Here and Now: Works by Ron Kroutel

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 8:43 pm

DUBLIN, Ohio — (July 21, 2008) Altered Landscapes Here and Now: Works by Ron Kroutel opens Aug. 12 at Dublin Arts Council (DAC), 7125 Riverside Dr., in Dublin, Ohio. The exhibition of oil and acrylic paintings remains on view through Sept. 18. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Wed., Aug. 13 from 6 to 8 pm at Dublin Arts Council. The exhibition and the reception are free of charge and the public is invited to attend. Ron Kroutel, a resident of Athens, Ohio, is a Professor Emeritus of Art at Ohio University. He has been awarded three Ohio Arts Council Fellowships, an Arts Midwest National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and has exhibited nationally and internationally in more than 30 solo exhibitions. Kroutel earned an Master of Fine Arts in painting at the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Patrice, also a recognized painter, work in a his-and-hers studio in the woods of Southeastern Ohio. Kroutel’s work illustrates the juxtaposition of natural and man-made landscape. His techniques are influenced by Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi, known for his etchings of Rome, English romantic painter John Constable, American modernist Edward Hopper and many other artists of the past. “I feel connected to the landscape around me here in Southeastern Ohio,” explains Kroutel. “The humidity and heat, the smell of the woods around my studio, the rank growth, the surrounding low-income communities, are all embedded in my skin and my psyche and are connected to me physically and emotionally. It’s as if I breathe the landscape in and out. “But these direct perceptions are darkened, distorted and dislocated by the disturbing information about the world presented to me by the media, especially the 80 channels my [television] satellite brings into my home.” Kroutel’s images originate at this point of intersection, gathering “the flux of changing landscape elements into a still image,” according to the artist. Altered Landscapes Here and Now is on view Tues. 10am–7pm; Wed./Thurs./Fri. 10am–5pm; and Sat. 11am-2pm. For more information about any of Dublin Arts Council’s classes, exhibitions and events please call (614) 889-7444 or visit www.dublinarts.org. Dublin Arts Council, now in its 25th anniversary year, engages the community, cultivates creativity and fosters life-long learning through the arts. DAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is supported in part by the City of Dublin’s Hotel/Motel tax endowment and Ohio Arts Council. Posted 7.22.08

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