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Archway Gallery presents
Country: The Past Preserved in the Northern Rockies
Featuring Photography by Artist Larry
Exhibition April 7 through May 3, 2018
DATE: Saturday, April 7, 2018
TIME: 5 – 8 p.m.
Artist Talk: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston,
Complimentary Valet Parking
& Light Refreshments
Archway Gallery presents Flyover Country: The Past Preserved in the Northern Rockies featuring
photography by artist Larry Garmezy, on view April 7 through May 3, 2018.
The artist will be on hand to visit with guests during the
exhibition opening reception on Saturday, April 7th from 5 – 8 p.m. at the gallery and will talk about
his work at 6:30 p.m.
The remnants of a pioneer past are preserved in the hidden
valleys of the Northern Rockies. There’s a profound beauty in the almost empty,
wide-open expanses portrayed through the images of this show and the large
format of many of the works places the viewer squarely into the landscape. For
Garmezy, the photographs convey, “a healthy dose of respect for the settlers
who survived harsh winters and the hardships of life on a remote frontier.” In
this exhibition, he traces some of the history behind the images and chronicles
small communities which have been left behind in our increasingly urban world. In
the 1970’s and early 1980’s Garmezy spent many summers mapping the geology of
Eastern Idaho and Southwestern Montana. While mapping, he was “adopted” by the
locals; by one specific family in particular. Flyover Country reflects
Garmezy’s re-immersion into the world of his “second family” as the photography
for his current body of work captures the pioneer past he had little time for
as a young geologist. “It’s amazing how well you get to know people and their
link to the land while studying rocks.
In my old Willy’s jeep and on foot miles from any paved
roads, I passed relics of a past far too recent to delay a geologist, but I
remembered the spots knowing that one day I would return,” Garmezy reminisces.
Those hardy people included his “adoptive" mom, who rode on horseback to
attend “The Edie School,” a one-room school house built in 1909, a day’s ride
from the nearest town.
Through digital deconstruction of details in original
photographic images, the fundamental form and texture, color and light emerge
in Garmezy’s work. Seeing rhythms in the natural world is an offshoot of his
geologic background and much of the work captures the unusual and subtle
patterns he finds at every scale of observation from the microscopic to the
grand panorama. He finds solace in the remote landscape and strives to convey
the serenity of these spaces.
Although a life-long photographer with a first showing of
his work in 1976, Garmezy’s art career began in earnest in 2007; since then his
work has been exhibited in juried shows in Seattle and Houston, and has been on
view at numerous venues in the Houston area, including a public commission in Bellaire.
His artwork can be found in homes and offices across the U.S. and Europe.
Garmezy is a member of the Houston Center for Photography and the Houston
Visual Arts Alliance. Flyover Country is his third solo show since becoming a
resident artist at Archway Gallery in November 2011.
Garmezy retired in 2015 from Shell Oil after a 32-year
geologic career, which allowed him to travel the globe. After retirement, he
was honored as a Distinguished Lecturer by the American Association of
Petroleum Geology, and he continues to teach geology at Shell and at numerous
universities across the country.
GALLERY Artist owned and operated since
1976. Archway Gallery, one of Houston’s and the nation’s oldest artist-owned
and operated galleries, is located at 2305 Dunlavy and is open Monday –
Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m. Since 1976, Archway Gallery has been exhibiting
the work of the area’s finest artists, providing a great selection of
affordable, high quality art including sculpture, pottery and painting in a
variety of media and styles. One of the more than 30 member artists is always
on site, providing visitors a unique opportunity to meet the artists who
created the work, offering a personal insight into the process. Each month
features a special exhibition highlighting member artist(s). The public is
invited to the monthly opening receptions that celebrate the new installations
and work, usually held the first Saturday of each month from 5 – 8 p.m. In addition to monthly exhibitions, Archway
also hosts a variety of demonstrations and monthly readings for local writers and
authors, as well as a “Tea and Tour” program, providing visitors with a free
artist-led tour of the current exhibition, followed by tea and
refreshments. With 30 artist-members,
Archway Gallery is THE destination in the Houston area for affordable art directly
from the artist. For more information, visit ArchwayGallery.com or call
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