Houses Landscapes Flowers & Dreams
Graffiti Gallery; National Transit Building
04/20/2018 05:00 pm - 08:00 pm

About Houses Landscapes Flowers & Dreams

The exhibition features an ongoing series by nationally recognized artist, CJ Hurley, has been working on for several years. The work has
been shown in national juried exhibits and has also toured as a solo exhibition in five states. With
nature as the inspiration, the work urges people to view our environment differently. Since relocating
to PA, CJ has been awed by the beautiful landscapes and natural beauty of the area and has several
new PA inspired paintings for this show.


In addition to the exhibit, there will be community
events free and open to the public. This project is supported
by a grant from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.


Opening Reception: “Houses, Landscapes, Flowers and Dreams”
Friday, April 20th
Graffiti Gallery; National Transit Building; 210 Seneca Street, Oil City PA
On display through May 26th. Thursdays 4-6:30; Fridays 3-6:00; Saturdays 11-4:00; or by appointment

Art History Lecture: The Romantic Legacy In Art & Literature
Saturday, May 5th
Student Center Auditorium, Venango College of Clarion University, 1801 SW 1st St. Oil City, PA

In this presentation, CJ will discuss the Romantic Movement of the 18th & 19th centuries, including Art,
Poetry and Fiction. He will offer his insight into Romanticism’s continuing presence in the modern world.
CJ sees Romantic thought as an essential part of being human and has a special regard for
Romanticism’s position regarding nature. This is a topic he often explores in his art and he will close the
talk by relating these themes to his work on exhibit.

Documentary Screening--From Dystopia to Utopia: The Artistic Visions of CJ Hurley
Tuesday, May 15th
Student Center Auditorium, Venango College of Clarion University, 1801 SW 1st St. Oil City, PA

The 25 minute long documentary tells the story of CJ's primary artistic influences - from Buddhism and
his love affair with the art and culture of Japan, to the influences he shared with lifelong friend and
author, S Alexander Smith, who narrates the film.
Viewers will also gain an understanding of CJ's earlier involvement with the "Lowbrow" and "Cartoon
Surrealism" art movements of the 1980's and 90's, and how this subject matter transitioned to his work
today - driven by the values of the Arts & Crafts Movement.


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