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   from the issue of August 25, 2005

Gornik paintings, drawings featured at Sheldon

The exhibition April Gornik: Paintings and Drawings will be on display at the UNL Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Aug. 27 to Oct. 23.

The exhibition includes nearly 40 monumental and small-scale paintings and drawings that act as a mid-career survey of April Gornik's work from 1980 to the present. Gornik is well known for her ability to bring forth the Western Romantic tradition in light-bathed landscapes inspired by memories of places visited, as well as by her imagination.

Dede Young, curator of modern and contemporary art for the Neuberger Museum of Art at State University of New York-Purchase, organized the exhibition, which was at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia before coming to the Sheldon.

According to Young, the relevance of Gornik's work lies in the fact that she revels in her landscapes at a time when painting and drawing are considered outdated.

"Since the mid-20th century art has expanded in uncountable ways, and painting and drawing have been rejected for nearly two decades as lacking in potential to fully express our contemporary world," Young said. "April Gornik has chosen to maintain a steady process of exploring the vocabulary of painting and drawing as consistently viable and compelling.

"Rather than bow to the recent trend of artists to seek and make images from urban experiences in a world of mass production, Gornik stays a passionate course, utilizing landscape images and light to reference shared human experience."

Gornik will discuss her work in a public talk on "Landscape As Metaphor" at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 30 at the Sheldon's Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium, with a reception to follow.

The talk is free and open to the public.

The museum is open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m.,Sundays. Admission to the Sheldon is free of charge and the building is accessible to those with special needs.

For information or to arrange a tour, telephone (402) 472-2461.



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