ON VIEW August 16, 2017 – September 30, 2017
Miller Gallery is excited to announce its next exhibition FAMILIAR CONNECTIONS, a show featuring new work by Rick Stevens. The show will also highlight new work by gallery artists Ellen Diamond, Ron Monsma, Tom Bluemlein and Ned Evans. This exhibition seeks to explore familiar themes in landscape and still life painting, while simultaneously maintaining the gallery’s contemporary programming. Join us for an opening reception and artist talk with Rick Stevens on Wednesday, August 16th, from 6pm – 8pm. The exhibition will run August 16th – September 30th.
Rick Stevens’ career as an artist has evolved in much the same way his paintings do. He takes his inspiration from the natural world in all its sublime mystery, then surrenders to that mystery to let the unseen forces of nature guide his hand—and his life. This intuitive process creates room for those serendipitous moments that emerge only when the chattering of the conscious mind is stilled, allowing him to proceed with his life and work in an atmosphere of quiet joy and reverence.
Ellen lives and works in Florida. Many of her paintings focus on the European Landscape inspired by her summers spent in Tuscany, Provence and the South of France. The hills of Tuscany covered with rows of grape vines, the Tuscan sunflower fields, the Provence countryside, small villages and flower markets of the South of France have all become inspiration for her many paintings. Gestural brushwork and lively color take the viewer right into the beauty that these paintings evoke.
Ron Monsma has been painting and teaching for more than 20 years; he is currently an Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at Indiana University, South Bend. Monsma has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows across the country, and his work is represented in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Europe. He conducts instructional workshops throughout the Midwest.
Ned Evans’ paintings are infused with the light, space and rhythms of southern California, from ocean to mountains to desert. With a palette that is rich and intense or sun-bleached and weathered, his paintings are inspired by the natural world around him for which he has an unending passion. An avid lifetime surfer, Evans has called Venice home for almost 40 years, his home and studio just blocks from the beach. He finds parallels in his experiences in the waves and water and as a painter in his studio.
Bluemlein’s art career spans over thirty years. It taken him to places such as Cincinnati, Woodstock, New York and now to the magical scenery of New Mexico. In addition to painting, Tom enjoys helping and encouraging other artists, and does so regularly through his workshops and painting demonstrations. He also serves as a juror for various shows.