Fairfield University Art Museum Presents Michael Gallagher — Sketching the Landscape: A Plein Air Journal

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Fairfield University Art Museum Presents Michael Gallagher — Sketching the Landscape: A Plein Air Journal

FAIRFIELD, CONN. (April 1, 2017) – The Fairfield University Art Museum presents a new exhibition, “Michael Gallagher — Sketching the Landscape: A Plein Air Journal” on view from Friday, April 21 through Friday September 8, 2017, in the museum’s Bellarmine Hall Galleries on the campus of Fairfield University.

An opening reception, free and open to the public, will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.

In his professional life as one of the world’s foremost paintings conservators, Michael Gallagher has worked on masterpieces by such luminaries of European art as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Poussin, Rubens and Velázquez. Calling on specialized knowledge of materials and techniques used by painters at different moments in history, his sensitive interventions have helped recover the artists’ intentions, revealing luminous surfaces and lost details of panel paintings and canvases that had been compromised by damage and obscured by later overpaint and darkened varnish.

In his private moments, Gallagher has long sketched and painted landscapes—poetic, evocative and light-dappled scenes of rolling hills, sparkling seasides, rocky outcroppings and moody forests. Done in vastly diverging locales in different continents and hemispheres, at different times of day, and in all four seasons, his plein air watercolors and oil sketches capture a nuanced sense of place, at once changing and immutable, undisturbed by human presence. Discretely observed and inflected by a reticent silence, these ruminations on the landscape in its myriad manifestations form a journal of visual responses, chronicled over time.

In conjunction with the exhibition the museum is offering a Family Day, the theme of which is “Sketching the Landscape,” on Saturday, April 22, from 1-4 p.m. (2 sessions). Guests will enjoy arts and crafts activities and a child-friendly gallery tour.  Advance registration for this event is required (fuam.eventbrite.com).

A lecture by the artist on his career in paintings conservation is being planned for September. These programs are free and open to the public.

This exhibition is made possible by generous support from the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation. TownVibe is the exclusive media sponsor of the 2016-17 season in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries of the Fairfield University Art Museum.

The Fairfield University Art Museum’s Bellarmine Hall Galleries are located in Bellarmine Hall on the campus of Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, Connecticut, and are open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on select Saturdays. July hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The museum is closed in August. Admission is free. The museum’s Walsh Gallery is located in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. It is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 4 p.m., when classes are in session. 


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Fairfield University is a Jesuit University, rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 36 states, 47 foreign countries, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are enrolled in the University’s five schools.  In the spirit of rigorous and sympathetic inquiry into all dimensions of human experience, Fairfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and engage in open conversations. The University is located in the heart of a region where the future takes shape, on a stunning campus on the Connecticut coast just an hour from New York City.

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