BELFAST – Robert Shetterly personal works at the Aarhus Gallery through Sept. 26 with an opening reception from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3.
Robert Shetterly was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946 and although he graduated from Harvard College with a degree in English Literature, the drawing courses he had taken at the time changed the direction of his creative life from written word to image. Moving to Maine in 1970, Robert began a career as an illustrator, drawing for the Maine Times newspaper, Audubon Adventures children‚Äôs newspaper and on to illustrating over thirty books as well as having shown work in art galleries around Maine and elsewhere. His prints and paintings are housed in collections across the U.S. and Europe. It may be true however, that Robert Shetterly is most widely known for his evocative series of painted portraits called ‚ÄėAmericans Who Tell the Truth‚Äô, which has toured the country for over seven years and is scheduled for the next two. In 2006 a book of the portraits by the same name won the top award of the International Reading Association for Intermediate non-fiction. Since 1990, Robert has been the President of the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA), and producer of the UMVA‚Äôs Maine Masters Project, an on-going series of video documentaries about Maine artists.
The work that Aarhus gallery will be highlighting for this show is Robert‚Äôs more personal work: ‚ÄúThese paintings come from two very distinct periods in my life — from when I believed my obligation as an artist was to be as honestly ambiguous as I could be about the baffling mysteries of life, to revel in the blindalley narratives that must be solved by each person imaginatively & idiosyncratically. And many of them come from a more recent time when I have been dedicated to doing didactic work because the earth is in such a precarious situation, because governments have failed to care for nature and people have failed to require that of their governments. These recent paintings are not didactic but they do reflect that mood. What’s curious to me is how similar they are to the earlier paintings. Art allows itself to be used for teaching as well as exploring. One can go back & forth and remain the same. We paint not to express ourselves but to find out what it is we want to express‚ÄĚ.
The works of √Öarhusians, Ingrid Ellison, Annadeene Fowler, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick will also be on display.
Aarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main St. Belfast, and open daily 10am-6pm. For more information and a slideshow of the current exhibit visit www.aarhusgallery.com or call 338-0001.
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