The Northville Art House presents RURAL CHARM: Michigan Landscapes by Tom Tomasek and Alan Maciag
RURAL CHARM: Michigan Landscapes by Tom Tomasek and Alan Maciag
June 7 – 29, 2019
The Northville Art House presents RURAL CHARM: Michigan Landscapes by Tom Tomasek and Alan Maciag. The exhibition, which opens with a public reception on Friday, June 7 from 6 – 9 pm and runs through June 29, features plein-air and studio oil and pastel compositions by two award-winning artists highlighting rural landscapes of Michigan.
Growing up in Michigan, Tom Tomasek developed an incredible appreciation for the beautiful places like the Great Lakes, but also the ordinary views, like the farm fields people drive by every day. His pastel compositions depicting Michigan landscapes and nature are known for highlighting the interactions between land, sky, water and light.
With over twenty years of professional art experience, Tomasek has participated in numerous exhibitions including at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City, the Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, the Saginaw Art Museum in Saginaw, and the Governor’s Residence in Lansing. His work has been selected for publication in Pastel Journal Magazine and in the book, The Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.
“I am trying to capture not just a view, but also a feeling that a place evokes. When I finish a painting, my hope is that it enables me to return to that place and moment. I’m especially happy when others who view my work can also feel a sense of that place and time,” reflects Tomasek.
Alan Maciag is a 1974 graduate of Central Michigan University with a Masters Degree in Art Education. He retired after teaching art for the 32 years in the Frankenmuth School District.
An avid drawer, Maciag has captured visual memories of past vacations and camping trips throughout Michigan, filling numerous sketchbooks. These sketches have served as valuable subject matter for many of his oil paintings. Maciag’s oil landscapes strike a balance between form, distance, color and content, creating a sense of calm and bucolic reverence for the rural heritage of Michigan, the wonderland of its vacation lakes, or the sanctuary within a garden or public place. He paints in his studio and travels through the state painting on location. His inspired works are numerous and are in private collections and galleries in California, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Germany and France.
Maciag states, “I use no formulas for painting, but have have learned to trust my own vision to find the truth before me.”
The Northville Art House is a non-profit organization that operates as a 170(c)(1) governmental department of the City of Northville, MI. The Art House has been a gathering place since 2005 with the mission to cultivate the arts through creative experiences and educational programs in the community. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday 12:00 – 5:00 pm, Saturday 12:00 – 4:00 pm, First Fridays 6:00-9:00 pm, and special events as advertised. The Northville Art House is located at 215 W. Cady Street, Northville, MI 48167, (248) 344-0497, and online at www.northvillearthouse.org.
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