The Crary Art Gallery's next art show will feature eight regional painters.
Eight Regional Painters opens at noon Sunday, Sept. 4, with a members-only brunch meet-and-greet with the artists. The show opens to the public at 1 p.m.
Each of the eight is a faculty member at Edinboro University.
"We're not just painting faculty," Malcolm Christhilf said. "We're painting, drawing and foundations."
The show is not about the artists' place of work. "It's not a faculty show as much as it is a painting show," Christhilf said.
The show features more than 50 works, almost all are oils. One group of paintings was done in nail polish.
"They're all figurative works," Christhilf said.
They are figurative, but based in observation, according to Michelle Vitali.
"It's fairly rare that we use photography as a source," Vitali said. "It ties together our teaching philosophies in the classroom."
"We're kindred spirits," Terry McKelvey said.
"Having seen many art departments, I was struck by the cohesiveness of the works from this group of Edinboro instructors," Crary board member Tom Paquette said. "This show has lots of variety, but also a shared sense of unity in things like the luminosity that shows in many of the paintings. The galleries at the Crary really light up - in fact one work is literally plugged in to light it. It really is a group."
The Eight - David Warner, Geoffrey Beadle, Vitali, Christhilf, John Bavaro, McKelvey, Rachael Burke, and Benedict Gibson - will attend the opening.
"This group usually puts a show together every year, and we were fortunate to get them to bring them to the Crary for the first time as a group," Paquette said. "Terry McKelvey had a solo exhibition here in 2010."
Those who would like more information about the show may hear from the artists themselves through the use of Quick Response (QR) codes. The codes are two-dimensional bar codes that may be scanned by smart phones with the proper applications.
"The QR codes let you hear about the artists and their works," Crary exhibitions committee member Ines Nelson said.
A code for the whole show will be posted outside the gallery, according to Paquette. Codes will also be located next to individual works, allowing viewers to access websites and see and hear the artists' descriptions.
The 50 pieces take up most of the available space in the gallery.
"We have opened up two galleries which are normally not used for temporary shows, and they really filled the walls," Paquette said. "This is the biggest show we have had outside of the big juried watercolor show last year and also eleven years ago."
The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
The show runs from Sept. 4 through Oct. 2. There is no charge for admission.
Some of the subject matter may not be appropriate for children.