Stanek Gallery Presents New and Exclusive Body of Work by Francis Di Fronzo alongside the Fine Art Photography of Victoria Browning Wyeth in “Storytellers” Exhibition
Gallery Director, Katherine Stanek, recognized the organic connection between the two artists, which inspired the pair’s first dual exhibition
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE(PHILADELPHIA, PA) July 23, 2018– Stanek Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming two-person exhibition “Storytellers”. Accomplished contemporary painter, Francis Di Fronzo, has created an entirely new body of work exclusively for this show and will be accompanied by the captivating photographs of Victoria Browning Wyeth, granddaughter of icon, Andrew Wyeth, depicting the life and world of the Wyeth family from a personal and unique perspective.
Di Fronzo and Wyeth are drawn to the same vast spaces and intimate storylines found in the work of Pennsylvania native and iconic artist, Andrew Wyeth. Motivated by the desire to tell their own stories, both artists found their artistic voice in their youth developing their unique approach dominated by personal experiences and imagination.
Di Fronzo’s works, though realist in nature, are founded in entire narratives created by the artist himself and come to life with vibrant color and haunting beauty. Wyeth's black and white photographs present a unique view from the life and experiences of the only grandchild of Andrew Wyeth. Through intricately painted scenes and poetically composed photographs, viewers are invited into the lives and imaginations of these two great artists.
Exhibiting for the first time in a commercial gallery, Victoria Browning Wyeth began photographing her grandfather and her surroundings in her early teens, and quickly developed a unique talent and perspective. Growing up in a household filled with big stories and even bigger names, Wyeth has carved out a unique identity and vision, handling her legacy with great energy and grace. The photographs in this show provide an insight into the Wyeth world, through a remarkably distinct lens.
"I first met Victoria Wyeth while exhibiting the work of Francis Di Fronzo at the Stanek Gallery," said gallery founder, Katherine Stanek. "After learning of the experiences that motivated each artist to tell their stories in their own medium, I began to see the organic connection between their works and knew the two must meet." The "Storytellers" exhibition evolved from this introduction.
Profound in content and expertly rendered in paint and captured on film, “Storytellers” is a testament to the history and continued excellence of the fine arts in Philadelphia. The exhibition kicks off with an opening reception during Old City Philadelphia’s First Friday September 7th from 6:00PM - 9:00PM. The exhibition runs through October 27th, 2018.
Wyeth will speak about the life and influence of her grandfather, providing an intimate look into the artist’s world, and her own path as an artist, in a special lecture entitled “My Andy”, accompanying the exhibition.
Opens First Friday September 7th, 6PM -9PM
Continues through October 27th, 2018
“My Andy”, Lecture with Victoria Browning Wyeth
Saturday, October 13th, 1PM-3PM
242 N. 3rd St,
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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