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KATHRYN EARNHART | The Butlers Museums offer a harvest for visits during autumn



Published: Sun, August 12, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



At The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown and its branches in Salem and Howland, late summer and early autumn exhibition and events are plentiful, offering a cool and welcoming atmosphere for all art lovers.

While both the annual Midyear painting show and the Wolf Kahn pastels exhibition continue in Youngstown through next Sunday, a new show of watercolors by master of the medium Chen Chi has opened at the Trumbull branch.

Two regional painters are featured at Salem, and soon exhibits designed with technological media will go on view at the Butler's Beecher Center.

Opening today in the Mesaros Galleries at the Butler in Youngstown is a show of drawings by Kent Jones. Boxing is the theme for this exhibition of works on paper. A meet-the-artist reception is set for 1 to 3 p.m. today.

'One Candle': Beginning Aug. 26, the Beecher Center (a south wing of the Butler Institute in Youngstown) will feature a classic installation by American artist Nam June Paik titled "One Candle."

In this thought-provoking installation, the pioneer video artist has designed an armature for a single flame which allows the candle to be filmed at a stationary level by two cameras.

The image is projected onto gallery walls in the television colors blue, red and green, thus filling the room with live, overlapping candles appearing in different color mixtures. (The work was viewed by Butler Director Dr. Louis Zona during a recent visit to Germany.) "One Candle" is on view with the assistance of Carl Solway Gallery.

Also beginning Aug. 26 is an installation of new work by Boston artist Bill Thompson.

"Nodes," which is a site-specific installation of wall sculpture, was created for the Beecher Center by Thompson, whose hallmark is his creative and sometimes whimsical works which extend the minimalist art tradition.

Thompson's new work utilizes a unique application of space-age materials to wood and steel, creating an incredible mirrored finish to small, beautiful sculpted abstract shapes.

Watercolor works: Now through Oct. 28 at the Trumbull branch (at 9350 E. Market St. in Howland) is a retrospective of watercolors by Chinese-born American painter Chen Chi.

"Moon Paintings & amp; Other Works" is a display of the many of the subjects associated with the beloved artist -- the flower paintings, the four seasons and New York's Metropolitan Opera House.

Chen Chi, who is nearly 90 years of age, continues to create magnificent watercolor works that blend eastern philosophies with the American culture. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Burger Travel Service.

On view at the Salem branch ( at 343 E. State St.) is a retrospective of watercolor works by Sis Soller. The painter, a well-known regional artist, is a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society. The show runs through Sept. 1.

Also on view through Sept. 1 at Salem is an exhibition of realist works by Steubenville artist James Langley.

Included in the September schedule are major exhibitions of realist art.

Opening Sept. 9 in Youngstown will be an exhibition of watercolors by Henry Casselli.

A retrospective exhibition of pastel landscapes by Herman Margulies is set to open Sept. 16 in Youngstown.

Variety of media: On Sept. 30 "Winter Orchidarium," also in Youngstown, is a collection of works in a variety of paint media by the artists of the Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York City, will open. Included in this exhibition are works by Michael Gregory, Joseph Raffael, Carolyn Brady and Don Eddy.

Opening Sept. 8 in Salem is an exhibition of the prestigious Phil Desind Collection. The exhibition, on loan from Capricorn Galleries, pays tribute to one of America's most beloved art world personalities whose love of realism is echoed in this selection from his personal collection. The exhibition is presented with assistance from Barbara Kernan of Bethesda, Maryland. An exhibition opening is planned for Sept. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. For information, call (330) 332-8213.

Tony Bennett, whose Italian landscape paintings were recently on view at Howland, was honored Aug. 2 at a birthday party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Among the 250 guests attending the event were Katie Couric, Billy Joel, Robert De Niro, Paul Shaffer, K.D. Lang, Liza Minelli, Sheryl Crow, Donald Trump, Regis Philbin, Everett Raymond Kinstler and Martin Scorsese. Representing the Youngstown art community was Butler Director Dr. Louis Zona.

XButler hours in Youngstown are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Butler hours at the Trumbull branch are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Butler Salem hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to all three facilities is free.




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