Valley House Gallery presents John Hartell and Mark Messersmith opening reception
Valley House Gallery will present the opening reception for two exhibitions, "John Hartell: Paintings (1955-1993)" and "Mark Messersmith: Pay the Thunder No Mind – Listen to the Birds, and Hate Nobody."
Hartell was a much-loved professor at Cornell University from 1930 until his retirement in 1967. He exhibited at Kraushaar Galleries in New York for four decades, beginning in 1943. The Hartell Gallery at Cornell University, under the Sibley Dome, is named for him. Hartell's daughters, Kay Cattarulla and Mari Quint, will attend the opening reception.
This will Valley House's third solo exhibition for Messersmith, a professor at Florida State University. In lushly-colored paintings, Messersmith creates dense narratives packed with animals, birds, plants, and insects that express his concern for the shrinking world they inhabit. New to this exhibition are small paintings of birds. They are a dramatic shift in scale from his monumental paintings which are embellished with carved pediments and predellas that further the narratives and express his affection for Renaissance altarpieces and folk art. Messersmith will give an artist talk prior to the reception, at 5:30 pm.
Following the opening reception, both exhibits will be on display through April 29.