There will be a reception Friday, February 8, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, a gallery talk by Curator Michael Giaquinto Wednesday, February 20, 2 pm, and the show will remain up through March 10.
Born in Naples, Italy, Professor Smith grew up in Yarmouth on Cape Cod where he took a workshop with Provincetown impressionist Henry Hensche while still a high school student.
After receiving a BFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MFA from Brooklyn College (City University of New York), Professor Smith taught at Queens College (CUNY) for 12 years before relocating to Baton Rouge to teach painting at LSU.
In Louisiana, Professor Smith discovered an exotic new world as he explored bayous in his kayak. He became enthralled with the lush landscape, inspired by the work of 19th-century ornithologist and artist John James Audubon, and keenly aware of the impact industry is having on the region’s abundant bird population.
Despite Professor Smith’s concern with naturalism, his vision also owes an artistic debt to surrealism and magic realism.
To read more about the show, visit http://www.ccmoa.org/Upcoming-Exhibitions.asp
To read Andre Van Der Wende’s review of the exhibit, visit http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130214/ENTERTAIN/302150302&emailAFriend=1
To see more of Professor Smith’s work, visit www.sorengallery.com
CONTACT: RENEE SMITH (225) 772-6296 /firstname.lastname@example.org