New Drawings and Paintings on display April 4 - April 30 at UMass Medical School

March 23, 2001

WORCESTER, Mass. - Featuring the latest work of two notable Massachusetts artists, New Drawings and Paintings will be on display in the Medical School lobby from April 4 - April 30. A collaboration by artists Carrie Crane and Michael D. Stevens, the exhibition will feature a number of unique series, with the individual drawings and paintings ranging from the purely representational to the surreal and abstract.

Carrie Crane views her work as a continual drive to solve the problems of color, shape and composition. While her compositions range from chaotic abstracts to more subtle landscapes, she notes that there are certain consistencies that define her work, including carefully constructed volume and texture. For this exhibition, Crane will display two series, the Tuber and Dot series and the Farmscape series. While Tuber and Dot involves a fairly mechanical process that results in abstract images, the Farmscape series uses some of the same techniques to create somewhat surreal, yet clearly definable landscapes.

Crane is a well-known Boylston artist who has displayed her work in Central Massachusetts, Arizona, and Russia. With her bachelor of art's degree in geography from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Crane has most recently shown her work in Art for Aids Sake: a benefit for Aids Project Worcester; Mingling Voices: a one person exhibition at Quinsigamond Community College; and the ARTSWorcester Biennial. She is currently a member of the ARTSWorcester board of directors, a participating mentor in the Art-All-State program at the Worcester Art Museum, and the co-founder of Crazy Arts, a community art education program.

Michael D. Stevens will display twenty-four paintings including his most recent acrylics, "Hallowed" and "Moon." A Worcester artist, Stevens has displayed his work across the region. Recent exhibits include the New Village Gallery in Fiskdale, the ARTSWorcester Biennial, and Art for Aids Sake. He is the recipient of an Honorable Mention at the 1997 ARTSWorcester Biennial and the 1992 recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship.

New Drawings and Paintings will be on display through April 30 and is open for viewing 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, April 4 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Three additional exhibits on display throughout the month include: "Courtyards and Flowers," watercolors by Rita Galvin in Level I of the Benedict Building; "Block Island Views," watercolors by Annette Rusin in Clinic III, Level I of the University hospital; and "Paintings Without Borders," watercolors by Doris Carter in Levels II and III of Two Biotech. These exhibits are open for viewing during regular business hours.

"What's on View at UMMS Galleries" is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School Committee for Arts & Humanities. Exhibits featured in the Benedict Building, Clinic II and Biotech II are also made possible in collaboration with ARTSWorcester.

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