Meet the Artist. Food and drink provided. Free and open to the public.
Exhibition runs: February 1 through 24, 2013. Gallery Hours: Tuesdays through Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Closed Mondays.
The exhibition features paintings by Bedford artist Kevin Kutz of typical western Pennsylvania landscapes and roadside sites and attractions along the Lincoln Highway. Viewers familiar with U.S. Route 30 between Latrobe and Bedford will recognize various scenic views as well as Story Land, Hi-Way Drive-In, the Coffee Pot restaurant, the Lincoln Motor Court and Shirey’s Motel. Some of these roadside attractions are no longer extent. Artwork for the exhibition has been lent by the artist, private collectors and the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.
Marty Thomas, art critic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, writes about Kutz’s work: “Kutz treats space as a signifier. Through use of cropping, dramatic perspectives, non-traditional angles, and long views or close-ups, he instills in his subjects political, societal, psychological, and metaphysical underpinnings.”
Kevin Kutz was born in 1955, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He began oil painting at age 18 under the tutelage of Jean Slenker in Somerset. His adoptive parents, Eugene and Barbara Kutz, nourished his creative urges and talents and funded his education at the Kiski School and Carnegie Mellon University, where he had the opportunity to study with Herbert Olds and Douglas Wilson. While at school, he favored wandering the vicinities of Pittsburgh filling sketchbooks and says of his time there, "I realized I was going to art on my own after becoming aware of self and the artists' responsibilities."
Further instruction consisted of study under 82 year old Robert Brackman, a former student of Robert Henri and George Bellows. In his late 20's, Kutz met and worked briefly with Raphael Soyer in New York City. From that point on, Kevin became an artist who merely interprets and depicts life in various mediums and styles. "I ain't got no style" he claims, "…just like my fiddle playing, where a 150 year old fiddle tune appeals to me as much as electric improvisational jazz violin. I'm not designed for fame and have no desire of that.”
In 2009 he received a grant from The Eben Demarest Fund, which donates money to artists who have pursued their craft but never really emerged into the 'big time art scene.' With this grant, Kevin has been able to follow a life-long dream of traveling to paint. In this case he is venturing to the places that Thomas Cole painted. "Cole was the first major American Landscape Painter and father of America's first art movement: The Hudson River School.”
Kevin currently resides in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, and continues to use his ever-flowing talent and passion to create amazing works of art on a full-time basis. He exhibits extensively throughout Pennsylvania, and as far away as Vermont. Kevin is also an accomplished musician, and plays the fiddle, banjo, and mandolin. He has performed with many known musicians throughout the Pennsylvania area over the years, including Pat Watson, and the super-group "Wild Turkey." Since early 2006, he has recorded and performed in Bedford County's "The Coal Mountain Ramblers" and continues to do so simply out of love for the music.