Gahanna’s Griffin Gallery Showcases Work by Columbus Artist Emerson Burkhart

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A remarkable collection of work by famed Columbus artist Emerson Burkhart (American 1905-1969) will be on exhibit in Gahanna, Ohio, October 2-31, 2015.

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Griffin Gallery at Creekside is proud to present the special exhibition titled, “Emerson Burkhart: Reflections of His World – Columbus and Beyond,” at the gallery located at 77 Mill Street.

The gallery is collaborating with Burkhart historian, Geoff Hetrick, who is curating the works to be included in the exhibition. Visitors can expect to see 30+ paintings, many of which have not been exhibited in the past. A number of the works will be available for sale. Two of his best paintings, “The Light is Greater Hence the Shadows More,” first version, as well as “And We Love Our Luxuries” will be included in the exhibition.

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Burkhart was well known around Columbus and pursued his passion of capturing Central Ohio life as he saw it. He is best known for his depiction of Columbus area street scenes, self-portraits, country landscapes, several important portraits of African-Americans and paintings he produced while serving as artist-in-residence on global educational trips with the International School of America.

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“I am very excited to bring a wonderful collection of Burkhart paintings to Griffin Gallery at Creekside,” said Hetrick. “Many of the works have not been exhibited previously and come from collections here in Central Ohio, across the country and from an owner in Europe. The gallery team and I are committed to helping the public understand that much of the art produced by Burkhart was of equal quality to works created by other important regional painters of the ‘30s, 40s, and ‘50s such as Ivan Albright, Thomas Hart Benton, Clyde Singer and others.”

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Hetrick will be speaking at the opening reception to be held on Friday, October 2nd from 6- 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, please contact the Griffin Gallery at Creekside: (614) 385-3600 or director@ggcreekside.com

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Griffin Gallery at Creekside was established in 2014 by Gahanna resident Lew Griffin. His vision is to represent local artists, as well as showcase the work of historical artists with ties to the Midwest. The business model of the gallery is unique as all profits are directed to local charitable organizations.

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