June 25, 2012 – PHILIP MORTON GALLERY is pleased to announce a joint exhibit with Gary Fisher and Rob Vander Zee – with an opening night’s reception in conjunction with neighboring men’s fashion retailer, Universal Gear.
Gary Fisher and Rob Vander Zee return to Philip Morton Gallery June 29-July 12 – kicking off the show with an opening reception at two locations this Friday, June 29.
A long-time environmental enforcement attorney with the US Justice Department, Gary Fisher started painting 30 years ago and now works as a professional artist in Rehoboth Beach and Washington, DC, with much of his work consisting of commissioned pieces. His works are in many private collections and corporate collections, has exhibited in numerous galleries and public establishments throughout Washington, DC, Maryland and Delaware. He has been featured in exciting special exhibits at the Children’s National Medical Center, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and embassies and US Government buildings. In 2001, Mr. Fisher was selected by the US State Department for participation in the prestigious “Art in Embassies Program”. Mr. Fisher’s work was displayed in several US Embassies around the world until 2005.
His works have been featured in Delaware at The Philip Morton Gallery, The Blue Moon Restaurant, Dos Locos, Detail Gallery and the Peninsula Gallery and is carried by Art Quiver, a prestigious On-Line Gallery.
He has participated in many community-based projects, painting an elephant for Washington’s “Party Animal” project in 2002 and Rehoboth’s “Dolphin’s Around Town” project in 2003. He is a member of the Rehoboth Beach Camp Rehoboth Art Steering Committee and regular donates his art to Camp Rehoboth, HRC, Food and Friends in Washington DC and numerous other charitable organizations.
Gary is a native of Wyoming and received both his B.A and JD from the University of Wyoming. He studied art at the Corcorran School in Washington, DC and is a graduate of the Vander Zee School of Art in Alexandria, Virginia. He currently resides in Washington, DC and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Rob Vander Zee travels the world in search of inspiration for his paintings. During his travels, he carefully studies each environment – taking photographs, making notes in art journals, and mentally absorbing as much of the feel and flavor of each place as his mind can hold. Recent trips to France, Germany, Italy, the Galapagos Islands, and the Ecuadorian rainforests have been fertile grounds for his imagination, inspiring his current museum series, “Visions of Paradise”, and his most recent abstracted landscape paintings.
Rob’s “Visions of Paradise” series has traveled to museums throughout the United States from 2011-2012 and will continue through 2013. “Visions of Paradise” was exhibited at the Pensacola Museum of Art in Pensacola, Florida and the William King Museum in Abingdon, Virginia, Goddard Center for Performing and Visual Arts in Ardmore, Oklahoma and the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida in Pensacola, Florida. The exhibition will continue at Ferris State University’s Rankin Art Gallery in Big Rapids, Michigan, The Anderson Center for the Arts in Indiana, and Kent State University in Ohio.
In the spring of 2009, Rob was invited to exhibit his work in Vilnius, Lithuania as a part of Europe’s Centennial Celebration of the Arts. In the summer of 2009, Rob was invited by the Itchimbia Cultural Institute of Ecuador to live in residence at the Casa des Artes and to display his paintings at their national gallery. In 2008, Rob’s work was accepted at the ArtAttack Gallery in Dubai. In 2005, Rob participated in a visiting artist program in Tallinn, Estonia, and exhibited his paintings from the trip at the Estonian Embassy in Washington DC.
Rob will open a studio in New York City in the Fall of 2012, in addition to continuing with the Vander Zee School of Painting in Alexandria, VA. In 2005, Rob opened the doors to the Vander Zee Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. A year later, he started the Vander Zee School of Painting. Rob now has a following of forty students whom he mentors as they develop their skills as painters. After the success of the Vander Zee School of Painting, Rob looks forward to his move to New York City.
Whether it’s working on his own paintings or educating others about art history, art theory or painting techniques, Rob has an absolute passion for painting. He has dedicated his life to this pursuit. This passion shows in his personality as well as the quality of work that he produces. His paintings have found their way into many national and international collections.
An opening artists’ reception will be held at the gallery and Universal Gear this Friday, June 29 6pm to 9pm. The gallery will offer a variety of abstract and figurative works and Universal Gear (directly across the street at 46 Baltimore Avenue) will be hosting smaller figurative works by the artists, some of which will be featuring model and Universal Gear Manager, Denis Dmitriev. Models will be on-site, promoting Universal’s new men’s fashion lines.
For a preview of the artists’ works for this particular show, please visit the Philip Morton Gallery page on Facebook and www.philipmortongallery.com.
The Philip Morton Gallery offers works by over fifty artists with an emphasis on original modern paintings, sculpture, mixed media and glass. The gallery was recently awarded Delaware Today Magazine’s “Best of Delaware” Best Art Gallery Downstate. The gallery is located at 47 Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, between Aqua and The Blue Moon. 302.727.0905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Universal Gear is a contemporary men’s retail store with locations in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, New York and Washington DC, featuring clothing and accessories from leading fashion designers such as Diesel, G-Star, Ben Sherman, Energie, Scotch & Soda, Andrew Christian, Rock Revival, John Varvatos Converse, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker, Levi’s, Adidas and 2(x)ist among others. www.universalgear.com