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Rodger Bechtold - barn in black
 
Featured Artist
Rodger Bechtold

Rodger Bechtold was born in 1945 in Michigan was raised in central Illinois and has lived in and around Chicago since age eighteen. He nurtured his interests in the visual arts at the American Academy of Art, Chicago and the School Of The Art institute of Chicago. Involved in commercial art illustration for many years he abandoned that pursuit some thirty years ago in favor of painting landscapes full time.

What really ignited this passion for painting was his exposure to mentor Wolf Kahn through the Santa Fe Institute Of Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico as part of the Masters Art Program.

Over time Bechtold has built a solid reputation for being a major contributor to the on going dialog in contemporary landscape painting in the mid west and beyond. His work is expressed with energy, painted with seemingly effortless brushwork and charged with color. All connected by place and moment.



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Current Exhibits

Krista Townsend
December 2 - December 24, 2016
6:00 until 8:00 *****note new hours
opening reception, Friday, December 2

11/26/16

For immediate release

Dan Miller & Krista Townsend

Two Painters who are on fire close the year out at glave kocen!

Dan Miller hasn’t been painting for himself in years. It’s been seven years actually since his last solo exhibit but he’s ignited his pilot light and with his new body of work “While You Weren’t Looking” Miller is back in prime form.  The title suggests that not only did he get his mojo back but more importantly after personal trials and tribulations he has reclaimed his vision. Miller states,” As a visual arts teacher, I tell my students that being an artist is about learning how to see.   In fact, I feel that my job, more than teaching them how to draw or paint, is to teach them how to see.   The artist in me is always looking, scanning and searching for the beauty that can only be found if you deeply observe and that is what I try to create with paint.  Slowing down and noticing these beautiful and sublime moments that are all around us every day is one of the greater joys of life.   These moments can be a connection to something much deeper and more meaningful than the sum of their parts.  My hope is that my work will inspire as meaningful an experience in the viewer." Dan’s serene water scenes and sparse fields are comforting and reflective; easy to get lost in their timeless and still quality.

Where Dan has invigorated his work Krista Townsend has done an about face as well and we are so proud to be hosting her first solo exhibit with us!  Krista’s tight work of city scenes from Charlottesville to Philadelphia have given way to loose paintings of walks in the woods, mountainsides and shorelines. Her expressive and impressionistic gesturing is all the more vivid with her bold colors. Krista,”...seeks to create wonder and connection in each moment. There is humor and curiosity in the everyday that is worth pausing for and absorbing.”

Krista & Dan’s styles are very different but they are obviously coming from the same place. What a great way to end the year with work that helps you put that pause button on life and contemplate what is real and what is not. What you need and what you don’t. So for the last show of 2016, the glave kocen gallery truly wants to as always bring you comfort and joy!

For more information please contact bjkocen@gmail.com

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  Krista Townsend
 
Dan Miller
"While You Weren't Looking"
December 2 - December 24, 2016
6:00 until 8:00 *****note new hours
opening reception, Friday, December 2

11/26/16

For immediate release

Dan Miller & Krista Townsend

Two Painters who are on fire close the year out at glave kocen!

Dan Miller hasn’t been painting for himself in years. It’s been seven years actually since his last solo exhibit but he’s ignited his pilot light and with his new body of work “While You Weren’t Looking” Miller is back in prime form.  The title suggests that not only did he get his mojo back but more importantly after personal trials and tribulations he has reclaimed his vision. Miller states,” As a visual arts teacher, I tell my students that being an artist is about learning how to see.   In fact, I feel that my job, more than teaching them how to draw or paint, is to teach them how to see.   The artist in me is always looking, scanning and searching for the beauty that can only be found if you deeply observe and that is what I try to create with paint.  Slowing down and noticing these beautiful and sublime moments that are all around us every day is one of the greater joys of life.   These moments can be a connection to something much deeper and more meaningful than the sum of their parts.  My hope is that my work will inspire as meaningful an experience in the viewer." Dan’s serene water scenes and sparse fields are comforting and reflective; easy to get lost in their timeless and still quality.

Where Dan has invigorated his work Krista Townsend has done an about face as well and we are so proud to be hosting her first solo exhibit with us!  Krista’s tight work of city scenes from Charlottesville to Philadelphia have given way to loose paintings of walks in the woods, mountainsides and shorelines. Her expressive and impressionistic gesturing is all the more vivid with her bold colors. Krista,”...seeks to create wonder and connection in each moment. There is humor and curiosity in the everyday that is worth pausing for and absorbing.”

Krista & Dan’s styles are very different but they are obviously coming from the same place. What a great way to end the year with work that helps you put that pause button on life and contemplate what is real and what is not. What you need and what you don’t. So for the last show of 2016, the glave kocen gallery truly wants to as always bring you comfort and joy!

For more information please contact bjkocen@gmail.com

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Stanley Rayfield article
 
 
News

Artist Stanley Rayfield's 'off the charts' potential land him in VMFA collection
September 23, 2016

Stanley Rayfield opens exhibit at RTD

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Top of RVA_s Muralist crop discusses local mural scene_ new group show at glave kocen gallery
 
  RVA MAGAZINE: Top of RVA's Muralist crop discusses local mural scene new group show at glave kocen gallery
July 21, 2016

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Retrospective works by Wurtzel and DelGrosso
 
  READ: Retrospective works by Wurtzel and DelGrosso
May 5, 2016

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