Saper Galleries celebrates 25th anniversary
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Saper Galleries is celebrating 25 years in business with an exhibition for French artist Laurent Schkolnyk, a master of the creation of mezzotint etchings. The show kicked off with a reception that featured a demonstration of the technique by the artist. On display are 50 of Schkolnyk’s still life images.
Gallery owner Roy C. Saper bought his first Schkolnyk mezzotints soon after he created the gallery in 1978. “When one sees how difficult a process it is to create such beauty in the mezzotint medium, one is awestruck at their magnificence,” Saper said about the Schkolnyk engravings. “His imagery conveys intense emotion, and the beauty of his mezzotints is everlasting. I love them, and I knew long ago that I wanted to show the Schkolnyk mezzotints for our 25th-anniversary exhibition.”
Schkolnyk studied drawing and etching at the Beaux Arts School in Nantes, France, from 1971 to 1978. Since the 1980s, he has exhibited throughout Asia and in France. Several U.S. exhibitions have been followed with Schkolnyk mezzotints being added to collections of the Cleveland Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Portland Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Bilbiotheque Nationale in Paris. For more information, visit the gallery Web site at www.sapergalleries.com.
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