Abstract impressionism, B&W photography to be featured in Friedman Art Gallery

David Klevinsky's work will be featured in the Friedman Art Gallery.

The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University will present “KLEVINSKY: Mixed Media,” an exhibit of abstract artwork of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., native David Klevinsky. In addition, the exhibit of black-and-white photography, “Philip Dente: Found Places,” will be on display in the adjoining MacDonald Art Gallery.

The exhibits will open with a Meet the Artists Reception on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 5-8 p.m. and will be on display through Dec. 13. The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
“The exhibitions are two distinctly different artistic interpretations of subject matter and composition being presented at Misericordia University,” says Brian Benedetti, art gallery director. “Mr. Klevinsky’s work has roots in abstract impressionism and minimalism, influenced by the work of internationally renowned Franz Kline, as well as Abby Sagiamo, Salvatore Cartaino and Babe Shapiro.
“Klevinsky’s works lead the viewer on a mystical adventure and seems to shout out his personal mission statement, ‘to see, to think, to do,’” Benedetti adds. “While contemporary visual art has long been discussed and both loved and reviled for decades, the mixed media works of Klevinsky lead viewers on his personal interpretative journey of life, experiences and inspirations.”
Known as a prolific artist, Klevinsky earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Marywood University. He also studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the University of New Mexico.
Dente is a master photographer having earned a Master of Fine Arts from Ohio University and a Master of Art from the University of Michigan. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University. Dente has been a photographer for 35 years and has lived and extensively photographed in the states of Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Ohio and Maryland. Born in West Pittston, he recently returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania after being away from the area for 25 years.
Dente has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and is a former teacher of photography at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Lehman, Pa., and at The Maine Photographic Workshops, Rockport, Maine.
“Dente’s photographic work offers value contrast, pattern, design and symmetry with images of the present, the past and perhaps of mystery,” Benedetti says.
This summer Dente earned a first place award from among nearly 1,000 entries, in the New York Center for Photographic Arts International Juried Exhibit and became one of 14 international photographers listed on the United Kingdom Urban Landscape site,
Dente explains that the images in his exhibition, “Found Places,” are indicative of his personal philosophy and artistic compass. “We are surrounded by incredible things. I don’t go looking for photographs but, rather, photograph from where I happen to be,” he said. “If something catches my eye, or my interest, that is enough reason to take the photograph. Over a period of time you discover a consistency in those subjects that catch your attention and interest. It is in the resulting consistent body of work that you are defined.”
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