Written by Christopher J. Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University is hosting Maurice Sapiro's "Where the Land Sweeps the Sky" in the Akus Gallery from Oct. 24-Dec. 12. The opening reception will take place on Oct. 24 from 4-7 p.m.
Sapiro specializes in tonal landscapes, skyscapes, dreamscapes, sunsets, clay sculpting and woodland sketches. The gallery will feature more than 80 paintings including both a handful of Sapiro's pour paintings and a selection of his tonal landscapes.
"I paint from imagined memory," said Sapiro. "My source of inspiration comes not from Nature, but from the limitless potential inherent in the oil paint process. Even though oil has been used as a paint medium for over 500 years, its full potential is yet to be exhausted . . . It is also the only medium that keeps its color, value and hue when dry. The abstract elements in my paintings become visible when viewed up close. But when viewed 10 steps back, these isolated elements, these flecks of pigment, fuse in the viewer's eye and mind, and as if by magic, decoration becomes representation, abstraction becomes reality."
Sapiro has been painting for more than 60 years and his work has been exhibited in New York City at The National Academy of Design, The National Arts Club, The City Center Gallery and The Forum Gallery. He has published articles and two books on clay-form modeling methods; built his own harpsichord; taught himself a high level of color photography; and does his own color processing. His books have sold more than 48,000 copies and have been considered authoritative classics in the classroom and the studio for more than 30 years.
The Akus Gallery is located in the lower level of Shafer Hall at the corner of Windham and Valley Streets in Willimantic. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1-7 p.m. on Thursday and 2-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call (860) 465-4659 or visit www.easternct.edu/akusgallery.
For more information on Sapiro's work, visit http://mauricesapiro.com/.