Four Artists Walk Into a Church

April 20 at 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Daily through May 19

Friday, April 20th, 2018 will mark the first time the Carpatho-Rusyn Cultural Center has opened its doors to area artists and the opening this night will bring together four visual artists from different backgrounds and sources of inspiration to show a large show of drawings, paintings and photographs.  The C-RS Cultural Center, located at 915 Dickson Street in Munhall occupies the architecturally important St. John the Baptist Cathedral and has served its membership with ethnic displays and outreach pertinent to Carpatho-Rusyns in the United States. Janet Carlisle, Jon Coulter, Jana Houskova and Michael Walter will share their works and offer talks and demonstrations throughout the run of the exhibit.  On view will be the colorful paintings of Ms. Carlisle, a local book illustrator, the paintings of Mr. Coulter, the photo-realism of Ms. Houskova, and the mixed media drawings of Mr. Walter.  Their subjects are as broad as their media, but all focus on the human experience.  About eighty works will be on view and available to collectors. 

About the Artists

Michael Walter:  Mr. Walter’s drawings are inspired by geology, time, and current events.  An emphasis on masks and totem poles has been a more recent development in his images that constitute a personal natural history museum.  Texture and varied media are important aesthetic concerns of his, the chemistry of art being alchemical in the image making processes, and parallel to his idea of transformation of the individual.  He studied at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, in Italy and throughout Pittsburgh.  His work is in private collections in Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, and California.

Janet Carlisle:  Ms. Carlisle’s collage work is a transformative process from which she cuts, tears, pastes, and sews  painted images and textures, often extracted from her own drawings, paintings and photographs into a unified whole.  As she composes and builds these fragments into a new beginning, she is reminded that what is broken in life is often where people find a place to start again.  

Jana Houskova:  Ms. Houskova creates realistic art, specializing in drawing and painting portraitures of people and animals and old historical landmarks and romantic old towns and streets. She does it with a delicate sense of expressing the magical moment of the scene. Her media are: colored pencils, graphite, oil and watercolors. Choosing themes that evoke positive emotions and bring smiles and peace to people's minds is the goal of her imagery.

Jon Coulter:  Trained at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Mr. Coulter has illustrated over thirty books of surgery and hundreds of journal articles. He belongs to the American Realist School and is truly excited when he may depict the outsides of his subjects.

The hours for the Carpatho-Rusyn National Cultural Center are Sundays and Saturdays: 11:00-7:00 and Mondays through Fridays: 11:00-7:00.

The exhibit is on view to the public April 20th- May 19th, 2018.  Admission is free.

A preview for members of the press will occur on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 6:30-7:30 PM.

The schedule of the artists’ talks and additional programming announcements will be released later.

 

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