South Puget Sound Community College kicks off the 2010-11 season at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts Gallery with “Illusion/Allusion: Paintings by Barlow Palminteri and Ron Hinson.” The exhibit opens on Wednesday, Sept. 22.
Artists currently living in the Olympia area, Palminteri and Hinson have exhibited their works at local galleries, including the former SideDoor Studio and the Childhood’s End Gallery. Hinson, a former art history professor at South Puget Sound, has previously shown work at the Minnaert Center Gallery.
Palminteri often paints large, colorful narrative pieces highlighting domestic life, while Hinson works more in abstract painted constructions. But what makes this dual exhibit so unique is not their differences, but their similarities. In the last few years, the artists began visiting one another’s studios, sharing not only their artwork, but also their ideas, methods and styles of work.
Born of this relationship was “Illusion/Allusion,” allowing the observer to view the paintings for different aesthetic styles and themes, but also for their common artistic processes. The exhibit will feature several large paintings by both artists, as well as one work-in-progress by both Palminteri and Hinson.
The exhibit will be on display from Sept. 22 through Oct. 28. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Minnaert Center Gallery. Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information about the exhibit or about the Minnaert Center Gallery, call (360) 596-5527 or e-mail .