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Reception for British Artist Guthrie Thursday

September 8, 2009

Derek GuthrieHANCOCK, MI - An exhibit of work by Derek Guthrie, British artist, art critic, and co-founder of the influential art magazine New Art Examiner, is featured at the Finlandia University Gallery, Hancock, through this Friday, September 11.

The exhibit is the first of Guthrie's artwork in decades and the United States premiere of these paintings, all created since 1995.

A closing reception for the artist will take place at the Finlandia University Gallery Thursday, September 10, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. An artist talk will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Guthrie Artwork - Untitled, 1998Michigan Technological University will sponsor a lecture by the artist Monday, September 14, 7:00 p.m., at the Forestry Building Auditorium, Houghton.

Guthrie and his wife, Jane Addams Allen, founded the New Art Examiner in Chicago in 1973. Known for decades in Chicago for his work in art criticism, Guthrie is credited with having helped introduce a new set of writers that would become prominent in their field.

After retiring in 2001, Guthrie and his wife moved to Cornwall, England, where he began to paint again after a hiatus of many years. In 2004, Guthrie's wife died after a long struggle with illness. Through his current paintings Guthrie has drawn strength from the Cornwall landscape and renewed his interest in Eastern art and the oriental brush.

Guthrie Artwork - Trees of MourningThe Guthrie exhibit is sponsored by the Finlandia University Gallery, the Finlandia University Campus Enrichment Committee, and Michigan Technological University.

The Finlandia University Gallery is in the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy Street, Hancock. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Please call 487-7500 for more information.