There’s lots of news coming from the Handler studio this summer.In spite of the heat, floods and usual muggy doldrums the Triangle is ablaze with show openings and events. If you’re in town and can catch one of these, here’s the scoop:
The stunning contemporary FrAnk Gallery has a new show: Animals: Forces of Nature. Murry’s recent work, Silent Wood has been juried into this show. It’s from his current series, Inserting Realism. Another just-completed canvas, Sepia Rosetta will also be on display. Opening reception July 12, 6-9 PM. The show runs from July 10-Sept. 8. FrAnk Gallery, Franklin St., Chapel Hill. Here’s what Murry has to say about his new series, Inserting Realism.
As an abstract artist, I find it refreshing and provocative to return to realism from time to time. The core of all art rests in seeing the truth and beauty in all things. Inserting a realistic image in a semi-abstract setting provides a mental challenge that allows me to test my skills while using my favored abstract techniques.
Every painting is still an experiment to me. I don’t want to know exactly how my painting will end. I want the surprise of finding the end, sometimes quite by accident.”
New Perspectives of the Unordinary is Durham Art Guildâ€˜s third and final themed group show of 2013. This theme encourages participating artists to push their creativity to its limits by exploring unusual subject matter, unexpected combinations, and uncommon uses of traditional mediums or atypical materials. Murry’s Metalica #2 combining acrylic paint and scraps of aluminum foil was juried into this competition, which will be on exhibit from July 10-Aug. 13. Opening Reception July 19 from 5-7 PM as part of the third Friday Art Walk. Durham Art Guild,120 Morris St. Durham.
The Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC has just completed its show: Scope: the NC Landscape. This competition has three prize cash awards and Murry was pleased to be awarded 3rd prize for Moonlight on First Snow, his romantic landscape in acrylic, executed in total realism.The juror was Frank Thomson, Curator of the Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC