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Local Artist Allen Fowler Exhibits “Landscapes and Sculpture” in Geissler Gallery

Allen FowlerStoneleigh-Burnham School’s Winter Art Exhibition will feature the artwork of Turners Falls artist Allen Fowler. The exhibition, titled “Landscapes and Sculpture,” will run January 16 through February 17 in Geissler Gallery. The opening reception for the exhibition will be held on January 16 from 6-7:30 p.m in the gallery.

“Landscapes and Sculpture” will feature about 35 pieces. The majority of the work is acrylic and mixed media collage on panel with a few pieces of oil on canvas and sculpture of wood and found objects.

“I have an affinity for Abstract Expressionism and use its gesture and energy to represent the landscape,” Fowler said. “In equal measure, I have always been struck by our need to slice, dice and structure the world around us from our gridded cities to the geometry we compose on farm fields. The bulk of this exhibition seeks to distill that relationship down to its essential impulses – the persistent character of the organic and the equally relentless human desire for structure and design.”

Fowler will hold a gallery talk, titled “The Landscape as Icon,” on January 15 at 7 p.m. Fowler will discuss his earliest representational work, the influence of art school, interactive examples of the optical effects of line and color, his major influences, his interest in abstraction and the landscape as abstraction, the influence of found object sculpture on his work, and the importance of iconography.

Recently, Fowler has shown his work at exhibitions at Great Falls Harvest, The Rendezvous, and Loot: Found and Made, all in Turners Falls, as well as Provisions in Northampton and Element Brewing Co. in Millers Falls.

Fowler’s artwork was featured on a special bottle of beer that was one of five bottles decorated by Massachusetts artists to celebrate Element Brewing Co.’s fifth anniversary last year. The bottles were raffled off with proceeds benefiting the Great Falls Discovery Center and Turners Falls RiverCulture. The bottle label was a reproduction of a section from a landscape painted by Fowler. Included in the prize of winning that bottle was the painting upon which the label was based. This fall, Fowler helped fellow artist Anja Schütz paint a crosswalk she designed at Unity Park in Turners Falls.

Fowler earned a Master of Fine Arts in painting at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1995. He holds a master’s in English from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

The Geissler Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and is located at 574 Bernardston Road, Greenfield, MA 01301. For more information, please call 413-774-2711.