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British Artist Derek Guthrie at Finlandia Gallery through September 11

Exhibit Dates: July 23 to September 11, 2009

August 10, 2009

Derek GuthrieHANCOCK, MI - Derek Guthrie, British artist, art critic, and co-founder of the influential art magazine New Art Examiner, premieres his artwork in the United States at the Finlandia University Gallery, Hancock.

The exhibit is the first of Guthrie's artwork in decades.  Featured at the gallery until September 11, the exhibit comprises work created since 1995.

In 1973, Guthrie and his wife, Jane Addams Allen, founded the New Art Examiner in Chicago. Known for decades in Chicago for his work in art criticism, Guthrie is credited with having helped introduce a new set of writers that would become prominent in their field. 

Guthrie Artwork - Untitled, 1998After retiring from his career at the Examiner in 2001, Guthrie and his wife moved to Cornwall, England, where he began to paint again after a hiatus of many years. "I returned to Cornwall with my late wife, Jane Addams Allen," Guthrie writes in an essay for a catalog of his work. "This also marked a retreat from our public life as art critics; we were worn out."

In 2004, Guthrie's wife died after a long struggle with illness. "This work addresses that coming to terms with a new life in Cornwall, Jane's death, and my subsequent survival," Guthrie writes. "I drew strength from the landscape and the mighty force of the sea."

A closing reception for the artist will take place at the gallery September 10, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. An artist talk will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Michigan Technological University will also sponsor a lecture by the artist on Monday, September 14, 7:00 p.m., at the MTU Forestry Building Auditorium, Houghton.

The exhibit of work by Derek Guthrie is sponsored by the Finlandia University Gallery, the Finlandia University Campus Enrichment Committee, and Michigan Technological University.

Guthrie Artwork - Trees of MourningThe Finlandia University Gallery is in the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy Street, Hancock. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., or by appointment. Please call 906-487-7500 for more information.

Cutlines: Photo 1: The artist Derek Guthrie; Photo 2: Trees of Mourning II, 15.3"x 19.7", 2003; Photo 3: Untitled, 1998