Have you ever looked back at your school years and wished you could work again with a particularly inspiring teacher?
Well, a group of American University painters—most are graduates of the AU Masters Program in Painting—have had that opportunity every year since 1993. They meet weekly for several months with their former art Professor Luciano Penay in one of the AU art buildings. Once more they benefit from his wit, specialized vision and guidance as they discuss their works. In all art history, one reads of the communities, casual and formal, of artists who thrive on collegial support as they try new ideas, experiment with different media and sharpen their visions. Penay's group has that magic.
All of the members are mature, seasoned artists who have known each other and their body of works for more than 30 years. They have history together which enriches the exchanges in the group because there is a deep mutual respect of disparate visions. We feel very fortunate for the benefits of the group and the continuing mentorship with Luciano Penay, an amazingly versatile artist whose eyes are open to many visions.
In a few weeks, the 14 artists of Group 93 will once again hang an exhibition of ambitious works in the very impressive Katzen Art Center Rotunda. Participating artists are Joan L. Birnbaum, Lucy Blankstein, Holly Bolter, Florence Gang, Michael Graham, Marjorie Hirano, Myrtle Katzen, Lois Mark, Claire Ann Monderer, Ellouise Schoettler, Corinne Szabo, Gloria Turner, Claudia Vess and Amy Barker-Wilson.
Mark your calendars and come to enjoy their art works—it's close-by, at 4400 Massachusetts Ave.
The Magic of Luciano Penay's Group 93
4400 Massachusetts Ave.
Sept. 20 through Oct. 21, 2012
Reception: Saturday, Sept. 22, 4 to 7 p.m.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Parking in the building, free on weekends.