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Meet the Artist: Ray Kass

Friday, November 01, 2019

6:30pm - 7:30pm

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Meet one of our region's most respected artists, Ray Kass, whose new exhibition riverrun debuts during this special November 1st Art by Night. 

Kass will discuss the three new large-scale watercolor polyptychs he created specifically for exhibition at the Taubman Museum of Art. These will be shown with tools and materials used in his complex working methods, as well as smaller works. Kass’s work hints at natural elements, combining earth, air, fire and water as both medium and subject.

riverrun: New Works by Ray Kass will be on view November 2, 2019–April 11, 2020, in the Carilion Clinic Gallery.

Registration for the Art by Night talk is $8 for adults; $5 for students and educators; $4 for youth 17 and under; and free for members. 

About the Artist:
Trained at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kass initially learned to paint in the strictly abstract style that was the standard in the 1960s. His keen interest in the natural world led him to teach himself to paint in a more realistic manner, and subsequently he has sought to balance his subject's appearance with the expression and structure obtained by abstracting the subject's essential forms.

He is Professor Emeritus of Art at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, and founder of the groundbreaking Mountain Lake Symposia and Workshops, which have brought internationally respected artists and critics to the New River Valley, such as painter Wayne Thiebaud, composer John Cage, sculptor Anthony Caro, and critics Donald Kuspit, Clement Greenberg, and Suzi Gablik.

He has a lengthy exhibition history, including solo exhibitions at Japan Art Forum, Kyoto, Japan; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, Virginia; and the Allan Stone Gallery, New York City.