BENNINGTON, Vt. -- Paintings by Gregory Scheckler, professor of art at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are on view Nov. 24 through Dec. 31 in the Regional Artists Gallery of the Bennington Museum.
"Air Quintets and Other Bird Paintings," groups Scheckler’s paintings into three categories: small portrait studies of variety of songbirds, often head studies; medium-sized action portraits, usually with carefully selected props or an individual creature in flight; and larger paintings that present a duet or other grouping of birds.
This exhibition includes the first public viewing of three paintings from the artist’s new "Air Quintets" series. The series features five main characters of four birds plus the air’s quality. Meet the artist on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m., when he hosts an artist’s reception at the Bennington Museum. Well-known for his lively, realistic paintings of birds, his colorful, avian action-portraits serve as an ongoing meditation on the forms and beauties of nature, life, the theory of evolution and theories of representation in visual art.
Currently focused on painting, his creativity has often embraced life studies and pencil sketches, photo sketches, digital sketches, and the artist’s imagination. His paintings mix traditional with contemporary art ideas, methods and materials.
As an artist, Scheckler is focused on painting using well-known traditional art techniques rooted in academic, figurative painting.
He often uses these in experimental ways. As a tenured professor at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, he teaches drawing, painting, photography and composition for the visual arts from a progressive, yet classical, viewpoint.
The Bennington Museum, at 75 Main St. (Route 9), has the largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings in the world as well as the largest collection of 19th century Bennington pottery. On view through Dec. 30 is "Festival of Trees -- Around the World."
The museum is open Thursday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students over 18. Admission is never charged for younger students or to visit the museum shop.
Visit the museum’s website: www.benningtonmuseum.org or call 802-447-1571 for more information.