Lanesboro Arts presents “Divided Light”, an exhibition showcasing oil paintings and stained glass paintings by Adam Reef. The show opens on April 10th and runs through June 13th. Always free and open to the public, gallery hours are Thursday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The exhibit title references Reef’s two bodies of work—oil painting and stained glass painting—and how each relate and differ in their use of light. Through stained glass especially, viewers experience a different piece of art depending on time of day and type of light shining through. Reef approaches stained glass with a painterly approach that lends itself to a wholly unique art form.
Reef describes his process as such: “Oil painting and glass painting both deal with the transmission of light. My oil paintings use a lot of opaque and transparent layers of pigment to change and intensify color. Glass works in a similar way with layers of opaque blacks and transparent colored enameled applied to clear or colored glass. It’s been really interesting to find how oil and glass techniques are interrelated.”
Reef hopes viewers will enjoy the visual stories he tells through is mediums. As he describes it, “The best pictures are the ones that you can puzzle over and imagine the story, or maybe imagine several stories all at once.” This correlates to the long history of stained glass being used as a visual storyteller through symbols, characters, and decoration.
Reef has a BFA in painting (1992) from Indiana University and an MFA in painting (1999) from the University of Minnesota. He uses art to make sense of the world and to inspire others. He has been an oil painter for most of his adult life, and more recently has switched to glass painting. You can find out more about his work on his website.
This exhibit is sponsored by F & M Community Bank and is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. For more information visit www.lanesboroarts.org, call 507-467-2446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Handicapped accessible and free to the public, the exhibition gallery is located at 103 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro, MN.