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Extended exhibit provides inspiration



Published: Mon, April 4, 2011 @ 12:05 a.m.

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“14 May 1968” by Peter Soulages.

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“Gayle Mellott,” a charcoal drawing by James Montgomery Flagg.

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"Untitled” by Susan and Steven Kemenyffy

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“Primary Compass,” a sculpture designed by Don Gummer and built by the Brilex Corp. in Youngstown, serves as a landmark for the museum. It was built of stain-less steel and stained glass.

Butler Institute of American Art-Trumbull

STORY & PHOTOS

By Robert K. Yosay

photo@vindy.com

HOWLAND

Tucked away like a favorite book, the Butler Institute of American Art-Trumbull is a wonderful addition to Trumbull County’s aesthetic beauty.

Dedicated in 1996, the contemporary building designed by architect Thomas Schroth was built to showcase contemporary works of art.

The Andrew Wyeth Heritage show now being featured has been extended until the end April. The exhibit features works from Butler holdings along with paintings from private collections.

Accompanying the show is a photographic tribute to the Wyeths by renowned photographer Peter Ralston of Maine.

Andrew and Jamie Wyeth of Chadd’s Ford, Pa., befriended Ralston and invited him to their home to photograph them as they prepared their paintings. According to his website, he has been the Wyeth family’s reproduction photographer since 1978.

The images are detailed editions printed with archival ink-set and must be seen to be appreciated.

The cornerstone of the Howland museum is the newly installed Pierre Soulages tile mural titled “14 May 1968.”

A 14-by-20-foot mural composed of 294 individual, hand-formed ceramic tiles, the piece was saved recently under the direction of Butler board president and retired engineer Vincent Bacon.

The Soulages can be viewed night or day at the glass-fronted addition, designed by Bart Gilmore of Cortland, at the museum on East Market Street.

The building is not only known for its display of works by internationally acclaimed artists that inform and inspire American art, but it’s also available to rent for wedding receptions, dinners and community events.

This summer, the Trumbull branch will be the site of the Butler’s annual summer-arts day camp for children 8-12 years old.


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