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April 2013

Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Offers Works by Gary Bodner and Mel Rea

Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will present Bodner and Rea at Shain, a new collection of work by Mel Rea and Gary Bodner, on view from Apr. 18 through May 2, 2013. A reception will be held on Apr. 18, from 6-8:30pm.

Gary Bodner is the quintessential renaissance man. He is interested in everything from architecture to art and for the past twenty-five years, he has practiced medicine in Atlanta, GA, specializing in Obstetetrics and Gynecology. Reaching the pinnacle of achievement in all of his fields of interest is an onging, lifetime project. Bodner studied architecture at Miami University of Ohio before entering Chicago Medical School. He earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine.

Due to his enormous energy and passion for his art, Bodner finds time to paint early in the morning, and late in the evening and on weekends. He describes his work as strong and colorful with an expressionistic style. “The power of juxtaposing or placing one color on top of another to create an image is what drives my paintings,” he says. Primarily Bodner considers himself a colorist and is constantly looking for the interplay of colors on his canvases. He says he has been inspired by works of Cezzanne, Van Gogh and Philip Johnson, architect.

Mel Rea is an abstract and encaustic artist. She has already exhibited alongside such art luminaries as William Morris, Lino Tagliapietra, and Dale Chihuly – and she is still just in her 30s. Discovered fresh out of art school and placed opposite these and other significant artists, Rea’s artwork has been in distinguished company for some time now.

When you behold her work for the first time, these twin aspects are overpoweringly apparent: its quiet depth and the astonishing freshness of vision. At first you are captivated by the persona of her creation, you notice the details, the tentative hands, the sublime face, the style of dress, the inventive accoutrements . . . But what remains is the stillness. This is work to linger over for a lifetime.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/334-7744 or visit (www.shaingallery.com)..

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