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Rob Evans: Mystery and Metaphor - Four Decades of Work, September 27 - December 7, 2014

Sep 19, 2014 03:36PM ● By Erica Shames
September 27 - December 7, 2014
Rob Evans, a York County based artist, features more than 40 of his pieces made over the past four decades in this special exhibition. Ranging in size from meticulously crafted two-inch square miniatures to monumental triptychs and altarpieces 12 feet in length, the pieces in the exhibit present the viewer with a cross section of themes the artist has worked with over the years. The pieces draw unconventional metaphors from the local, natural landscape, and commonplace people; places and things near his home and studio along the Susquehanna River.
Presented in a broad variety of media — oils, acrylics, pastels, graphite, lithography, watercolor and digital printmaking — these themes include a series of mysterious interiors. The pieces evoke a decidedly narrative quality; images of insects and natural history specimens, figurative works portraying the artist's family, and luminous studies of the Susquehanna River Valley during various seasons and times of day.
Rob Evans grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburbs and received a BFA from Syracuse University in 1981. After graduating from Syracuse, Evans moved to a farm once owned by his maternal grandparents overlooking the Susquehanna River in York County. Evans currently resides there with his wife Renee and two children and maintains his studio in a renovated barn on the property. Evans has had his works acquired by and exhibited in museums around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, San Francisco Art Museums, Portland Art Museum, and the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow. In 2001 he was one of 25 artists included in the landmark traveling exhibition Artists of the Commonwealth: Realism in Pennsylvania Painting 1950 -2000. His works have also appeared on the covers of magazines, PBS radio and television specials, in a recent interview with the Huffington Post, and on the covers of books by some of the nation's most prominent writers and poets.
As an independent curator, Evans recently organized the exhibit Visions of the Susquehanna which toured six venues throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York, as well as a stop at the Governor's Residence. This exhibit was one of the first to examine the lineage of prominent artists from the 1700's to the present who have painted this magnificent river: Benjamin West, Thomas Moran, Jasper Cropsey, George Inness, Charles Demuth, Mark Innerst, Debra Bermingham, and George Sorrels.
Evans has also served on the board of Yorkarts and helped found York's newest art center, Marketview Arts, which recently presented an installation by Emmy award-winning artist Wayne White. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Pennsylvania Arts Experience, a non-profit artist trail running from York to New Hope, PA, promoting artist studios, museums and galleries in the scenic river valleys of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Opening Reception – Friday, September 26 – 5:30 -7:00 p.m.

"Meet and greet" artist Rob Evans while enjoying light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments as you get a first look at this exhibition. Cost is $15 for Members and $20 for Non-Members. To RSVP, call Lindsay at 610-371-5850 x230.
Artist Gallery Talk – Friday, October 24 – 1:30 p.m.
See and hear artist Rob Evans talk about his work as part of your "Senior Series" program. All ages are welcome, and the talk is free with Museum admission and free for Members. No reservation is needed for this program.

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