Monday, April 23, 2012

“West Coast / East Coast” - May Exhibition at Bernardsville Library

Bernardsville Library is pleased to present “West Coast / East Coast,” an exhibition of paintings by Dennis McKee. The exhibition will be on view during the month of May with an opening reception for the public on Sunday, May 6 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. There is no charge to attend and no sign-up is needed.

A resident of Madison, Mr. McKee has been a graphic designer all his working career, designing brochures, identity packaging and websites. After 30 years of commercial design success, he decided to turn his talents toward fine art oil painting, mostly landscapes. He began painting in 2002, and his painting education has been acquired through independent, self-directed training. He has studied with Elio Camacho, whose mentor was Ovanes Berberian, a Russian impressionist.

A year and a half ago, Mr. McKee and his wife moved from Northern California to New Jersey. Having painted outdoors for five years in California, he has now turned his attention to the scenery of the Northeast with a definite shift in color and composition in the East as compared to the West. He sees far more greens and cooler colors here.

Mr. McKee paints exclusively in oil, usually on primed MFD board. Most of his paintings are done 70% plein air and 30% in the studio. “I try to keep my colors intense and vibrant, with bold brushwork to express the vibrancy and the energy of the natural world,” said the artist.

The show will be on view in the library’s Community Room during regular library hours unless a meeting is in progress. For further information, please call the library at 908-766-0118.

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