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April Issue 2000

Somerhill Gallery in Chapell Hill, NC, Features Works by John Beerman

Somerhill Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, announces its fourth one-person exhibit for North Carolina native John Beerman. New landscape paintings on canvas and unique monoprints and etchings will be featured in the South Gallery through Apr. 21, 2000.

The American landscape is the focus of Beerman's paintings and monoprints. Using a rich, warm selection of colors, Beerman captures the feelings, atmosphere, and ties that link the earth to the sky above it from the rolling terrain of the Hudson River Valley to the lush countryside of the North Carolina piedmont. He strives to capture in each work the spirit of the land and its influence upon those who inhabit it.

Included in this group of works is a new selection of monotype prints. This series was completed just recently, in collaboration with Sylvia Roth of Hudson River Editions, especially for inclusion in this exhibit.

A North Carolina native, Beerman is a resident of New York state. He has been honored with many one-person exhibits including ones at the North Carolina Museum of Art (1992), Raleigh, NC, and the Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art in Greensboro, NC. Beerman's previous one-person exhibit at Somerhill Gallery in 1994 continued its tour to the St. John's Museum of Art in Wilmington, NC, and at the Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville, NC.

In the Mar./Apr. 1996 issue of Southern Accents, North Carolina Museum of Art curator of Modern and American art John Coffey remarks about Beerman, "John is clearly observing nature and translating it into a sort of hyperreality. Rather than simple reportage, John's landscapes communicate his response to the sensations he feels when he paints a scene."

Group exhibits across the United States have included works by Beerman. Among them are ones at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Numerous collections across the country include works by Beerman. Among them are, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh; the St. John's Museum of Art, Wilmington; the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX; the Chemical Bank, Chase Manhattan Bank, General Mills in Minneapolis Minnesota; and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. In addition, the North Carolina Governor's mansion displays a North Carolina landscape painting by Beerman in its South Parlor.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings or call the gallery at 919/968-8868.

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