The 76th Members Fine Art Exhibition opens Friday, July 18, in the Corkran, Tubbs and Ventures galleries at Rehoboth Art League in Henlopen Acres. The league has selected John Schisler as the featured artist. Schisler won Best in Show - the Sarah Ethel Tunnel Award - at the 2013 Fine Art Exhibition with his painting “Lemon Appeal.”
Schisler began painting at the Conrad Miller Studio in Fells Point, Md. at the age of 17. At the Conrad Miller Studio, Schisler studied the use of Maroger mediums and the techniques of the Dutch Masters through the teaching of Nancy Lee Conrad and Melvin Miller who were both students of Jacques Maroger. He learned to make and use black oil, which is used as a basis for the mediums of such masters as Titian, Rubens and Rembrandt. The advantage of this medium is the ability to obtain the qualities of color, shadow, and brilliance found only in their paintings.
His style is classical realism. Keeping with the tradition of the old masters, he makes the black oil that is then used to make medium as well as oil paint by mixing with powdered pigments. He also makes his own mastic varnish. In early 2011, Schisler began to pursue a full time career in art. Along with painting, he also teaches his traditional painting techniques at his home studio in Georgetown.
The judge for the Fine Art Exhibition will be Carl Goldhagen. Godlhagen is an artist living and working in New York City and Girdletree, Md. He has exhibited both his painting and photography in New York City and Berlin Germany, and in cities across the United States including Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Santa Fe and locally at Salisbury University and the AI&G in Salisbury. He holds a position in the Salisbury University Art Department as a lecturer in drawing, photography and painting. His recent work can be seen on Facebook and on his website at carlgoldhagen.com.
The Members Fine Art Exhibition will run through August 24 along with Flying In & Out of Margins: Prints and Drawings by Oscar Gillespie in the Homestead. The opening Friday, July 18 from 5 to 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.
The Rehoboth Art League is a membership-based nonprofit arts organization dedicated to teaching, preserving and inspiring the arts in the region. For additional information on the art league, its classes, events and exhibitions, visit the website at rehobothartleague.org or call 302-227-8408.