Old Lyme, Conn. ─ An opening reception for an exhibition of the sculpture of Dr. Wayne O. Southwick and his mentors, sculptors Bruno Lucchesi and Don Gale, will be held at the Chauncey Stillman Gallery at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts on Friday, December 4, 2009 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend the reception, which runs through January 30, 2010. All the artists will be present at the opening reception. The exhibition is generously sponsored by the Homeland Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Southwick received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska and his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He served his medical internship and surgery residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. After serving in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in Bethesda, Maryland and Korea, Dr. Southwick returned to Johns Hopkins as assistant resident and resident, then instructor and assistant professor. Dr. Southwick’s distinguished career in medicine culminated with his appointment as Professor and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine, a position he held until his retirement. In 1993, he was appointed Professor Emeritus at Yale. Dr. Southwick has published over 100 articles in the medical literature with colleagues, and has received many honors and awards.
Following retirement, he turned his attention to sculpture through classes and mentoring at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. He studied under the world-renowned Italian sculptor Bruno Lucchesi and also Don Gale, Professor of Sculpture at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.
Bruno Lucchesi will curate the exhibition. He and his wife Ann Rosow-Lucchesi, also a noted sculptor, and Don Gale will attend the opening. Sculpture by Dr. Southwick’s mentors, Bruno Lucchesi and Don Gale, will also be on display at the exhibition.
Lucchesi has been called “the last of the Renaissance sculptors.” He studied at the Art Institute of Lucca in his native Italy then moved to Florence, where he began a teaching career which continued in the United States at the New School for Social Research and the National Academy of Design. Commissioned sculptures by Bruno Lucchesi can be found at churches in Lucca, Italy, office buildings in Manhattan and various other locations throughout the U.S. and Italy. His work is included in many of the United States’ premier public collections. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Canada and Italy, including a solo exhibition at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2002.
A new book on Lucchesi by David Finn was published by Ruder Finn Press in New York in 2009. It is titled Bruno Lucchesi: Celebrating the Beauty of Everyday Life. The book will be for sale during the opening reception and Mr. Lucchesi will be available to sign copies.
Don Gale received his BFA and MFA from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. He also attended the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, where he studied under the galedirection of Lorser Feitelson, pioneer American post-surrealist. He is a fellow, member, and former vice-president of the National Sculpture Society and a member and former member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Sculpture Guild. Gale was also appointed to serve as a delegate to the Fine Arts Federation of New York City. He is represented by galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona and New York City. His work has been widely selected for public collections and commissions, including the Mohegan Sun in Norwich, Connecticut.
Also opening on December 4th in the Sill House Gallery at Lyme Academy College is the Student Holiday Art Sale. Always popular, this sale provides a perfect opportunity to jump-start the holiday gift shopping season. The sale, which is run by and benefits students of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, will be open through December 12, 2009.
Both the exhibition and sale are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.
The college is located at 84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme.
For more info, go to www.lymeacademy.com