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Arts and Entertainment

January 24, 2014

Exhibits to open at SUNY Oneonta

Two exhibitions, featuring work by abstract painter Richard Saba and wildlife artist Dave Kiehm, will open in the State University College at Oneonta’s art galleries Monday.

“Remembering the Future: Richard Saba” will run through March 13 in the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery. The exhibition features 17 large, abstract paintings in Saba’s rich colorful style. “The First Seven Years: The Wildlife Art of Dave Kiehm,” featuring paintings, drawings and watercolors from the Oneonta artist, will run through March 7 in the Project Space Gallery.

An opening reception with refreshments and music is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, and Saba will present a gallery talk about his work at 6 p.m. A closing reception with light refreshments and a gallery talk by Kiehm is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Project Space Gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

Saba, who lives and works in Cherry Valley, has shown his work nationally and internationally, including at The National Academy of Design Museum in New York and the Comart Gallery in Lindau, Germany. A multiple recipient of the Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant, Saba is represented by the Baker Sponder Gallery in Boca Raton, Fla., and Robert Allen Fine Arts in Sausalito, Calif. 

Kiehm has shown his work extensively in the region, and he was named 2013 Wildlife Artist of the Year by the British Broadcasting Corp. His “Foundation Wall” oil painting, chosen from more than 1,400 entries in the International Artist Category-Birds, was featured in the September 2013 issue of BBC’s Wildlife magazine and will be showcased at the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society’s annual wildlife art exhibition. 

Both galleries are in the college’s Fine Arts Building. They are free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, when the college is in session, and during special events. For more information about the gallery or upcoming exhibitions, call Gallery Director Tim Sheesley at 436-2445 or 436-3456 or visit www.oneonta.edu/academics/art/gallery.html

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