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Payne Gallery to Exhibit Daniel Anthonisen’s Depictions of the Delaware River

Rivertime Offerings : Paintings, Drawing, and Wood Engravings opens January 28

Bethlehem, Pa., January 7, 2010—Payne Gallery at Moravian College will exhibit the works of Daniel Anthonisen, a landscape painter who follows in the legacy of Bucks County Impressionists.  Rivertime Offerings:  Paintings, Drawings and Wood Engravings by Daniel Anthonisen, marks the artist’s fifth solo exhibition. The exhibit opens January 28th, with a reception in Payne Gallery from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.

Approximately 40 pieces of art, inspired by the beauty of the Delaware River and its surrounding area, will be displayed through March 7, 2010.  The exhibition includes new work as well as pieces from private collections around the country.  This show will be the artist’s first retrospective and marks Anthonisen’s inaugural solo exhibition at a public institution. Visit his website at: http://www.danthonisen.com/.

On Saturday, January 30 at 2:00 p.m., Anthonisen will give a gallery talk and discuss the exhibit’s key paintings, share his vision of the creative process, and respond to questions.  The public is welcome to attend this free talk.

Anthonisen explores the movement of life and consciousness through his work. Yet he has a vision and sensitivity to his natural surroundings that are uniquely his own. He is intrigued by the river’s constant flux and flow as well as its timeless quality. “For me, rivertime is an escape to reality rather than from reality—it is about embracing truth,” he explains.

The river has always played a prominent role in Anthonisen’s life.  Growing up in Bucks County, Pa., he spent many days fishing and playing by the Delaware with friends. While developing a study for a large work, Anthonisen chanced to meet fellow river enthusiast, David Leidich, assistant director of Payne Gallery. Leidich says “…when I saw Daniel sitting in the weeds working on a sketch for a large painting, I was well aware of the tradition of plein-air painting along the Delaware, as well as committed to keeping that tradition alive.  What I was not aware of was that I was now face to face with the living tradition."

Curator and frequent lecturer and writer on art history, Diane P. Fischer says, “…although rooted in the Pennsylvania landscape tradition of a century ago, Anthonisen’s work is definitely a product of the current century. As such, Anthonisen naturally ‘samples’ various ideas and visual references from myriad sources to combine in his work. But he does so on his own terms, rejecting the practice of ironic distancing popular with some of his contemporaries in favor of a sincere return to beauty and content. …. [he has] the rare confidence to eschew the latest fashions in art in favor of creating something more durable."

Anthonisen’s work has been exhibited in New York at the Salmagundi Club, The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, and in Pennsylvania at Muhlenberg College, James A. Michener Art Museum, Travis Gallery, Woodmere Art Museum and Bucks County Community College. His work is represented in private collections throughout the country. The James A. Michener Art Museum purchased his work for their permanent collection. In 2002, he was awarded a grant from The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Payne Gallery is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian College, in historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Gallery is open from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday and from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.  The gallery is closed Mondays, major holidays, and during school breaks. Admission and parking are free, and the Gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.

For more information, contact David Leidich, assistant director of Payne Gallery at 610-861-1667, dleidich@moravian.edu or visit www.moravian.edu.