The fall/winter of 2013-4 was a whirlwind of excitement for Handler Studio.We enjoyed a series of one man shows, group shows and receptions in galleries and other venues in the triangle and triad regions. A dramatically renovated office building in Chapel Hill was the site for a major one man show of Murry’s large canvases. The entire spacious lobby was given over to Murry’s more dynamic paintings in The Bold Bldg. There were not one, but two Opening Receptions held on Nov. 7 & 21.
A large and friendly crowd enjoyed delicious foods and wine accompanied by live music.
Next came the invitational competition for the Greenhill Center for the Arts Annual Winter Gala Dec. 7, in Greensboro, NC. Two of Murry’s newest pieces from the Realism Inserted series were juried into the selective show. His Winter Scene (deer) was prominently displayed in the entryway, above the guest sign-in book.
The New Year brought us back to Chapel Hill for a one-man show at the Chapel Hill Historic Preservation Society Jan.5. This all black and white exhibit showed Murry’s incredible ability to create his most dramatic images with a strictly limited palette using only black and white. The bountiful spread for the reception followed with foods fitting the artist’s theme. Local press did a thorough job covering this event, with an article in UNC’s Daily Tar Heel, two radio interviews on local stations, and coverage by the Raleigh News & Observer and the Chapel Hill News.
Largest of the exhibitions was the show Versatility: The Art of Murry Handler from Realism to Abstraction. This one man show in Theater Arts Gallery, a capacious beautiful venue in High Point was covered by the Greensboro News & Record. The opening reception on Jan. 16 brought out well over 100 guests.