University News
For Immediate Release: 
Apr 01 2004

Two-Man Art Show Features Stipplings, Watercolors, Ceramics and Oils

Athens, W.Va. - Princeton native, Peter “Pete” Formato Jr., and Parkersburg native, Nathan Stanley, will be hosting a two-man art show scheduled to open Monday, April 5, in the Arthur Butcher Art Gallery in the Alexander Fine Arts Center at Concord College.

Formato was honorably discharged from the Army in 1992, after serving our country in Germany and Fort Knox. He is double-majoring in studio art and graphic design.

“I have found a market in this area for ‘stipplings,’” stated Formato. “I have completed numerous commissions using this technique. Stipplings are essentially pen and ink renderings using dots to create shadows and light areas. I also enjoy watercolors and ceramics, because I have a lot of freedom with these mediums. My watercolors are all abstract. My ceramics are fired by using either a ‘Raku’ technique or reduction firing in a traditional gas kiln.

Raku is a ceramic firing technique, which was founded in Japan by Raku Chojiro over 450 years ago. This same family through some 15 generations is still producing Raku pottery and there is a museum in Japan featuring their works.

Nathan Stanley is a 23-year-old art education major emphasizing painting and drawing in his works. He enjoys the study of art history, which is evident in many of his pieces.

The pieces to be shown in the gallery are, “. . .ideas of modern art mixed with homage to art history and its great masters. They involve solid silhouettes of famous artworks over abstract backgrounds,” Stanley said. His favorite pieces are those of Kenneth Noland and Frank Stella.

Stanley describes a piece titled “Reach Out And. . .” as, “. . .a hard-edge multi-colored background of lines with a silhouette of God and David from Michelangelo's ‘Creation of Man.’”

The show will be open from Monday, April 5 through Friday, April 16. There will be a reception April 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Formato is exhibiting 11 watercolors, ten stipplings and 11 ceramic pieces. Stanley is exhibiting 11 paintings. The works of art are ready for display, and the majority of the pieces are for sale.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. through 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Special arrangements may be made for a weekend or evening viewing for groups by calling Ms. Karen Hayes, 1-304-384-5360.

For more information about the show or the artists, call 1-304-898-6574 or e-mail p_formato@yahoo.com.

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