Bedford Museum showcasing the work of Johnstown curator, artist | Entertainment
BEDFORD, Pennsylvania – Realism and mystery come together for this exhibition.
“From Conservator to Artist,” an exhibition by Michael Mosorjak, will be on view through July 17 at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Bedford, located in the Anderson House, 137 E. Pitt St.
Johnstown resident Mosorjak is a contemporary artist, practicing oil and gouache painting techniques.
His realistic renderings won him a following among art collectors.
He is also a professor of art history and basic drawing, as well as a lecturer on painting conservation.
In addition to his painting and teaching, Mosorjak is an art restorer for private collectors and public museums.
“He’s such an incredible artist, and the quality and level of his expertise and presence in the arts community is tremendous,” said Christi Draves, SAMA-Bedford Site Director.
“Most people know him as a conservator, so if you have a problem with your art or it needs to be fixed or cleaned up, he would be the person the artists would get a chance to present their art to. But he also has this incredible talent for producing art.
She said looking at Mosorjak’s work is like looking at a photograph.
“It’s one of the most realistic, vivid, intricate and precise pieces you’ve ever seen,” Draves said.
“His work and his process feel like you could walk into it.
“He focuses on two paintings a year, and he will work from large brushes to small, increasingly complex ones.”
Draves said Mosorjak’s paintings, which are mostly landscapes, almost always contain an anomaly.
“It’s not just the phenomenal artwork – he adds all this mystery and magic, and there’s fun in his paintings,” Draves said.
“Autumn paintings show the drama, golden light and rich colors of landscapes, capturing the beauty of Pennsylvania.”
The exhibition includes 31 pieces, including an unfinished work.
“You can see his style and his technique and his method because he has a grid and he progresses and you can see the mystery he adds,” Draves said.
She said that Mosorjak will work on the painting throughout the exhibition and will hold a workshop from 6-8 p.m. on July 8, where the public is invited to observe his method and process of oil painting and pose. Questions.
“It provides this educational piece of how he does his job and deepens the experience,” Draves said.
The cost is $10 and registration is required at www.sama-art.org/event-list.
Mosorjak earned a bachelor’s degree in painting and printmaking from Boston University and a master’s degree in painting conservation.
He is the author of “Why Do? … A book of answers”, and an autobiography, “Fifty years a curator of paintings.
“I hope people understand that just because we’re in rural Bedford County doesn’t mean we can’t have world-class artists, not only showing their art, but living here,” Draves said. .
“We hope that when people come in, they’ll learn something new and want to come back.”
In parallel with the exhibition, a workshop for the general public in the rubbing of leaves and flowers in pencil and watercolor will be offered from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on June 18.
“We go out in the yard and pick some fun things to work with and we’ll create our own little flower garden,” Draves said.
“They will take parts of nature and then turn them into art.”
The workshop is free, but registration is required. www.sama-art.org/event-list.
Museum hours are 12:00-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Admission to the exhibition is free.
For more information, call 814-589-3020 or visit www.sama-art.org.