Library Hosting Exhibit, Reception For Athens Artist

Bryan Gibson

Updated Tue, Jan 29, 2013 2:42 pm
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John McVicker
John McVicker, "Flirtatious Branches," 2010

Throughout January, Athens Public Library patrons have enjoyed Recent and Abstract, a month-long exhibit of John McVicker's paintings.

Now, as the show comes to a close, local residents will have the opportunity to meet the artist this Wednesday at the library.

McVicker, who lives in Athens, is appreciative of the feedback he's received since the exhibit went up on Jan. 5.

"The comments have been fairly the guest book I put out at the library, on Facebook and in person," he said. "People often comment on the colorfulness of it all, which suits me fine."

McVicker added that he attempted to create a feeling of movement with his recent paintings, which "emphasize color and rhythm."

His work has been exhibited in Boston and New York City galleries and is currently being featured in collections in Switzerland, France and the United States.

Recently retired from Ohio University, McVicker plans to keep busy in 2013. Along with an upcoming exhibit in Nelsonville, he's looking forward to a summer show in Belgium with the composer-musician John Zorn.

"John's an old pal and included me in his online gallery, Obsessions Collective," he explained. "In mid-July, I'm part of a group show in Ghent, Belgium, which is honoring John. It's part of the Ghent Jazz Festival. Apart from that, gotta get more pictures painted."

The Recent and Abstract reception takes place Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Athens Public Library, located at 30 Home Street. Refreshments, as well as selected pieces, reproductions and greeting cards, will be available.

Slideshow: John McVicker: Recent and Abstract

John McVicker

A Floating Waltz, 2012

John McVicker

Deep Sea, 2011

John McVicker

Deeper Sea, 2012

John McVicker

Green Swoosh, 2012

John McVicker

In the Hall, 2011

John McVicker

Out of the Blue, 2012

John McVicker

Paul's Jewels, 2012

John McVicker

Pink Confetti, 2012

John McVicker

Polka Party in Pink, 2010

John McVicker

Windows, 2012

John McVicker

Recent and Abstract, Athens Public Library