Three Gifted Artists Explore Light at
MCCC Gallery Nov. 11-Dec. 18


As the nights lengthen and the days grow shorter, The Gallery at Mercer County Community College is celebrating light in all its various forms with an exhibit entitled "A Light Without…A Light Within." The works of three gifted oil painters, Robert Beck, Joseph Gyurcsak and Kyle Stevenson, are featured from Nov. 11 - Dec. 18, 2008. The Gallery is under the direction of curator Tricia Fagan and is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on Mercer's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. Regular Gallery hours are: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5 - 7:30 p.m., with live music by MCCC jazz students Stephen Fuller and Ben Russert. A Gallery Talk will be presented Thursday, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. The Gallery will also present a Winter Solstice evening of music and poetry on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m., featuring bassist Wilbo Wright and other guest musicians and performers.

Fagan is enthusiastic about the upcoming exhibit. "Each work on display explores or celebrates 'light' from many sources, illuminating both interiors and landscapes," she observes. "These are three virtuosic artists; the result is a show to steady the heart and intrigue the eye."

Robert Beck, a Bucks County native, returned to art after a career in business, attending the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He cites Al Gury, Glenn Ruddorow, and Peter Paone as important influences, and admires the work of John Singer Sargent, the early twentieth century Canadian Tom Thomson, Swedish portrait painter and printmaker Anders Zorn, and the Italian Renaissance painter Baldini. Over the last 15 years, his work has been exhibited in dozens of solo and group exhibitions, including a 1999 solo show at the James A Michener Art Museum. He has won numerous awards in juried exhibitions. Beck has lectured at the Hunterdon Museum of Art and the Michener Museum, taught at the Lawrenceville School and at Artworks in Trenton , and served on the Board of the Academy of Fine Arts Fellowship . His Lambertville, New Jersey, studio serves as both a teaching and gallery space for him, and has also served as the site of salons featuring other regional artists and musicians. Besides working as a full-time painter, Beck is a contributing writer for area newspapers and Prime Time magazine.

Joseph Gyurcsak began his formal training at Parsons School of Design and later received his BFA at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has exhibited in galleries across the country. His awarding-winning paintings continue to pique the interest of private collectors. He has studied with some of America's finest contemporary artists and illustrators including Alex Gnidziejko, Braldt Bralds, Michael Deas, and Stephen Kennedy. Inspired by 19th century painters, he continues to study the works and techniques of George Inness, Willard Medcalf, Anders Zorn, John Singer Sargent, and Joaquín Sorolla. In addition to his painting career, Gyurcsak is the resident artist for Utrecht Art Supplies. He is an art materials expert who assists artists and industry manufacturers on all aspects of materials and techniques. He travels extensively throughout the United States, conducting lectures and painting demonstrations at major art institutions such as the Fashion Institute of Technology, Rhode Island School of Design, the National Academy of Design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Miami International University of Art and Design.

Kyle Stevenson, a member of the Fine Arts faculty at MCCC, was raised in Houghton, NY, home to Houghton College, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Art. The son of college professors in a rural area, he developed a world view that is indelibly white middle class. These middle class attitudes, expectations and assumptions, as well as a deep respect for the history of western art, are seminal to his painting. After a stint as a professional picture framer, Stevenson worked for the artist Tom Buechner as a studio assistant, where he gained a wealth of technical knowledge and understanding, as well as exposure to the finer points of the commercial side of the art world. Stevenson then studied under Steven Tanis and Larry Holmes at the University of Delaware and earned his MFA in Painting in 2002.

Landscape by Kyle Stevenson'
"Sunday Night" by Joseph Gyurcsak
"Evening's Glow" by Joseph Gyurcsak
Joseph Gyurcsak's "Clay Studio"
Robert Beck's "Dupont Circle"
Robert Beck's "Outboard Repair Shed"

This exhibit is supported, in part, by the Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission through funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a funding partner of the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on this and other exhibits at the MCCC Gallery, call (609) 570-3589 or visit the Gallery webpage here.

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