Bi-Coastal Inspiration

January 30, 2004

Painters Gregory Crane and Sean Mellyn, both instructors in the BFA Illustration Department, will be showing their work in exhibitions opening early February.

Crane, who is also an instructor in the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department, will have his first show with Hirschl & Adler Modern Galleries, Gardens and Vistas, from February 5 – March 13. The work in Gardens and Vistas consists of paintings Crane has created over the last six years. Born in Washington state, Crane often makes the lush, expansive landscape of the Pacific Northwest the subject of his work. Now living in Brooklyn, however, Crane is also inspired by the more humble and contained spaces of urban neighborhood gardens. There will be a reception for Crane on Thursday, February 5, 5:30 – 7pm at Hirschl & Adler, 21 East 70th Street. To see some of his work, visit Crane’s web site, which went live on January 19.

“My art making is all sugar to me, a giant dessert at the end of a giant meal,”says Sean Mellyn, a New Englander from Providence, Rhode Island, who will show new prints and works on paper from February 6 – March 2 at Michael Steinberg Fine Art, 526 West 26th Street, 9E. Mellyn’s parents, who were experimental filmmakers, instilled the creative bug early by including the family in their projects. One memorable scene, Mellyn recounts, was on a trip to Cape Cod in ’72 when the whole family was asked to act out the spaghetti and meatball dinner they were about to eat. Celebrate with Mellyn at the reception on Friday, February 6, 6 – 8pm.

Image: Gregory Crane, Orchard (Mike and Ann’s), 2003

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