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2 art exhibitions to open

Stetson University’s Art Department will open its spring season Friday, Jan. 27, with three major exhibitions – Concentrated Color: Watercolors by Oscar Bluemner from the Vera Bluemner Kouba CollectionJudith Page: The Politics of the Personal; and Teapots from the Collection of Arthur Goldberg.

The opening reception will be 6-8 p.m. Jan.27, in the Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center, on the university’s Palm Court, 139 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand. Admission to the reception and exhibitions is free and open to the public.

The Bluemner exhibition will continue through May 2; the Page exhibit will continue through March 2; and the Goldberg exhibition will continue through March 30. The Hand Art Center is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the Stetson University academic year; closed weekends and all national holidays.

Concentrated Color: Watercolors continues the mission of the Hand Art Center to display and investigate the work of modernist painter Oscar Bluemner (1867-1938) that was bequeathed to the university by the artist’s daughter. The intensely colorful watercolors are shown for the first time at Stetson, and most of them were never displayed publicly even during the artist’s lifetime.

Exhibition curator, Dr. Roberta Smith Favis, will present a public lecture about the exhibition on Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the duPont-Ball Library, lower level, Room 25, accessed from the Nemec Courtyard on the north side of the library,134 E. Minnesota Ave., DeLand.

Concentrated Color demonstrates the variety of moods that Bluemner distilled even into the smallest formats, creating effects ranging from radiant and exuberant to somber and mysterious through the force of color alone.He applied this distinctive style to commonplace motifs drawn from the factories, farms, quarries, and small towns of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. In the images in this new exhibition glowing tones transform the most mundane American scenes into resplendent icons of the human spirit.

Judith Page: The Politics of the Personal includes sculpture and paintings from 1986 to 2010. The artist will give a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, also in the duPont-Ball Library, lower level, Room 25, accessed from the Nemec Courtyard on the north side of the library, 134 E. Minnesota Ave., DeLand.