Posted: Tuesday Jan 15, 2013
Jan. 15, 2013
An exhibition of paintings by Bedford artist Kevin Kutz entitled “Landscapes and Roadside Attractions,” will open in The Saint Vincent Gallery with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.
The exhibition will feature paintings by Bedford artist Kevin Kutz of typical western Pennsylvania landscapes and roadside sites and attractions along the Lincoln Highway. Viewers familiar with U.S. Route 30 between Latrobe and Bedford will recognize various scenic views as well as Story Land, Hi-Way Drive-In, the Coffee Pot restaurant, the Lincoln Motor Court and Shirey’s Motel. Some of these roadside attractions no longer exist. Artwork for the exhibition has been lent by the artist, private collectors and the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.
The exhibit will continue from Friday, Feb. 1 to Sunday, Feb. 24 during regular gallery hours of 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. The gallery is closed on Mondays. Admission is free and open to the public.
Kutz was born in 1955, in Pittsburgh. He began oil painting at the age of 18 under the tutelage of Jean Slenker in Somerset. His adoptive parents, Eugene and Barbara Kutz, nourished his creative urges and talents and funded his education at the Kiski School and Carnegie Mellon University, where he had the opportunity to study with Herbert Olds and Douglas Wilson. While at school, he favored wandering the vicinities of Pittsburgh filling sketchbooks and says of his time there, "I realized I was going to art on my own after becoming aware of self and the artists' responsibilities."
Further instruction consisted of study under 82-year-old Robert Brackman, a former student of Robert Henri and George Bellows. In his late 20s, Kutz met and worked briefly with Raphael Soyer in New York City. From that point on, he became an artist who interprets and depicts life in various mediums and styles. "I ain't got no style," he claims, "…just like my fiddle playing, where a 150-year-old fiddle tune appeals to me as much as electric improvisational jazz violin. I'm not designed for fame and have no desire of that.”
In 2009 he received a grant from The Eben Demarest Fund, which donates money to artists who have pursued their craft but never really emerged into the “big time art scene.” With this grant, Kutz has been able to follow a life-long dream of traveling to paint. In this case he is venturing to the places that Thomas Cole painted. Cole was the first major American landscape painter and father of America's first art movement: The Hudson River School.
Kutz currently resides in Bedford County and continues to use his ever-flowing talent and passion to create amazing works of art on a full-time basis. He exhibits extensively throughout Pennsylvania, and as far away as Vermont. Kutz is also an accomplished musician and plays the fiddle, banjo and mandolin. He has performed with many known musicians throughout the Pennsylvania area over the years including Pat Watson and the super-group "Wild Turkey." Since early 2006, he has recorded and performed in Bedford County's "The Coal Mountain Ramblers" and continues to do so simply out of love for the music.
Mary Thomas, art critic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, commented, “Kutz treats space as a signifier. Through use of cropping, dramatic perspectives, non-traditional angles, and long views or close-ups, he instills in his subjects political, societal, psychological and metaphysical underpinnings.”
Further information about the exhibit is available by calling 724-805-2197 or visiting the web at http://gallery.stvincent.edu.
Photos 1: “Hi-Way Drive-In Closed,” oil on panel, Collection of Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor
Photo 2: “Pot Reconstruction,” oil on panel, Collection of Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor
Photo 3: “Will’s From Glade Pike,” oil, Collection of the Artist
Photo 4: “Spring to Summer,” oil, Collection of the Artist
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