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New exhibition takes flight at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery

2011-04-26

St. Lawrence College is pleased to present Urban Matrix/Free Flight showcasing the work of international artist Don Munz. His work will be on view at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery on the Brockville campus from May 3 to June 4, 2011.

This exhibition features two of Don Munz’s serigraph collections and his more recent oil paintings. The series which the artist titled, Urban Matrix, graphically portrays the gigantic upward grids that dominate our urban landscape. Don’s other series, Free Flight, was inspired as he was watching a flock of birds take flight one day. These detailed serigraphs, are embossed, airbrushed and include some appliqué. The technical experience the artist gained, as a serigrapher, has proven to be an invaluable resource for him, as he creates oil paintings using Impressionist techniques. Don’s goal as a painter is to share his love of the undisturbed natural beauty seen in out of the way places.

About the Artist

As a native Californian, Don constantly draws on his unlimited supply of memories for the landscapes he paints. He was born in San Francisco, and lived in Southern California for many years. In the early sixties he began his art education at Valley College in San Bernardino. His studies continued at the Art Center School of Design. After graduating from Art Center with a Bachelor of Arts, he attended California State University, Los Angeles, earning a Master’s Degree.

Don taught perspective and rendering, two-dimensional design, interior design, lettering and typography at Pasadena City College. After nine years of teaching, he decided to work full-time as a professional Serigrapher. For the next 14 years, he designed, printed and marketed his artwork. These serigraphs were sold and collected internationally. In 1991, Munz made the transition from serigraphy to oil painting. All through his life, he has found inspiration in the little known back country areas he sought out, as well-springs for his peace of mind. Don hopes to motivate those who appreciate his paintings to translate their appreciation into support, not only for the preservation of traditional art, but for the preservation of the unspoiled scenes his paintings represent. Don now lives just outside Kemptville, Ontario.

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The Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Friday, 10 am to 8 pm and Monday & Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.

About Marianne van Silfhout Gallery

The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery is a state-of-the-art community art gallery located at the front atrium of the campus and will be a focus for the visual arts for Brockville and the larger Eastern Ontario area. Creation of the gallery was made possible by a major half-million dollar bequest from the estate of Marianne van Silfhout, a graduate of the Fine Art program at St. Lawrence College, as well as numerous donors to the St. Lawrence College Foundation. Behind this gift is Marianne’s belief that wilderness adventure and education and art are inextricably bound together in an experience of enduring value and benefit to humanity. The bequest will also fund bursaries for both part-time and full-time Fine Arts students at St. Lawrence College.

For more information about the Gallery and upcoming exhibitions please contact: Gallery@sl.on.ca


About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovate new programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.

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Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291