Renowned Seattle Art School’s Students and Alumni to Display Art in Maryhill Museum Exhibition

Gage Academy of Art, best known for their atelier approach (studio apprenticeships under the guidance of master artists) will feature works by students and alumni in a museum exhibition opening on June 25.

ATELIER PROCESS & PAINTING: An exhibition of student and alumni art from Aristides Atelier at Gage Academy of Art M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center at Maryhill Museum of Art, June 25-July 31, 2018

Presented in connection with an exhibition featuring the art of Richard F. Lack (1928-2009), a significant and prolific American realist from the last half of the 20th century, art students of Gage Instructor, Juliette Aristides will display their work at Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Washington.

The new exhibition, focusing on American Classical Realism, will connect the history of the movement founded by Richard F. Lack, to the future of the movement being carried forward by Gage artists. “To see your students go from the classroom into a museum exhibition is rare, and a testimony to the skill and talent of the artists,” said Juliette Aristides, founder of Aristides Atelier at Gage Academy of Art, who will also be included in the exhibition, “we are a part of the story of classic realism in America.”

Richard Lack and his mentor, the Boston painter R.H. Ives Gammell, called their artistic approach Classical Realism, which balanced combinations of realistic technical mastery with imaginative, dream-like inspiration. “Like Lack and Gammell, who were academic realists at the time of abstract expressionism, our students are also bucking the trend. In an age when technology allows you to make an image in an instant, our artists are doing something distinctly different and disciplined,” said Aristides. “Carrying on the realist tradition is what led us to this uncommon opportunity to exhibit artwork in connection to Richard Lack’s display at Maryhill Museum.”

Louise Palmero, Curator of Education at Maryhill Museum of Art, who orchestrated the exhibition said, “This exhibit aims to educate viewers on the atelier process and the teaching methods used. With help from the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art, Master Juliette Aristides, and her students, we will showcase sketch-to-finished paintings, illuminating this time-honored method. We’re sure it will create an interesting experience for our visitors.”

Maryhill Museum of Art is located in Goldendale, Washington and is open daily to the public between 10 A.M. and 5 P.M. The Atelier Process & Painting exhibition will run from June 25 to July 31, 2018. Opening Reception: Saturday, July 7 | 5 to 7 P.M. will take place for students and artists of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy.  The public is invited to learn about the atelier process, and to meet students and artists. 

About Gage Academy of Art: Gage believes that artists are made, not born, and offers instruction in the principles of drawing, painting and sculpting, to all ages and skill levels. The school has two campuses in Capitol Hill and Georgetown and offers flexible class schedules with a variety of options ranging from weekend workshops to full-time study.

About Juliette Aristides: Juliette Aristides is a Seattle-based painter who seeks to understand and convey the human spirit through art. Founder and instructor of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA, she teaches workshops both nationally and internationally. She is the author of The Classical Drawing Atelier, The Classical Painting Atelier, and Lessons in Classical Drawing published by Watson-Guptill, NY and a frequent contributor to Artist’s Magazine. Aristides’ work has been featured in magazines such as Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, American Artist, and Gulf Connoisseur Magazine. She exhibits in one-person and group shows nationally.

About Maryhill Museum: Housed in a beautiful Beaux Arts mansion on 5,300 acres overlooking the Columbia River, Maryhill Museum of Art has been open to the public since 1940 and remains one of the Pacific Northwest’s most enchanting cultural locations. The museum boasts a world-class permanent collection, rotating exhibitions of the highest caliber, and hosts educational opportunities and exploration for all ages.

Interview Contacts:

Juliette Aristides, Aristides Atelier, Gage Academy of Art: 

Stefano Catalani, Executive Director, Gage Academy of Art:

Louise Palmero, Curator of Education, Maryhill Museum of Art:

Artwork from Aristides Atelier students. Click on photos below to view the full image. 

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Top left: “Wendy” by artist Elizabeth Zanzinger. Top right: “Liz” by artist Kevin Miller. 2nd row left: “Still life with eggs” by artist David Dwyer. 2nd row right and following: Series of sketch-to-painting work done by artist Jonathan Hodge.
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