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Three artists featured at Gammage exhibit

May 03, 2010

Watercolors, oil on canvas, and artworks of paint, canvas, wood and plastics by artists Lewis Barrett Lehrman, Junjie Verzosa and Michael Wolff will be featured May 12 through June 21 at ASU Gammage.

Lehrman, a Scottsdale resident, will show an eclectic selection of his representational watercolor paintings.

“Many of these have been painted using an Oriental technique learned more than two decades ago from a master of the medium, and which afford an impressionistic dimension to my paintings,” Lehrman said.

Lehrman has taught at the Scottsdale Artists School since 1992 and is the author of six best-selling books for artists. He also was founding American editor of International Artist Magazine. Lehrman creates “artistic travel journals” during his journeys around the world with his wife, Lola.

Verzosa, of Phoenix, was born in Manila and lived in Canada for 15 years before moving to Arizona. He has been painting since he was a child, and was named one of the "Ten Outstanding Ten Year Old Artists" of the Philippines.

Verzosa explores the clash of cultures in some of his works. He integrates ancient and modern cultural symbols and motifs in his paintings, and said he thinks about and visualizes his work for many hours before putting it on canvas.

When asked what inspires him to paint, he answers: “I am inspired by my own art.”

Despite the fact that Wolff, of Chino Valley, calls himself “an unknown artist with no particular knowledge or skills, whose artistic career is essentially going nowhere,” he has exhibited his work at the Prescott Fine Arts Association Gallery, the Mountain Artists Guild Gallery and several other Prescott galleries.

Wolff, a professional real estate appraiser, has long been interested in art, and has taken several sculpture and ceramics classes at Yavapai College over the last few years.

He calls his works “an abnormal and eclectic mix of contemporary and modern styles called ‘neo-traditional realistic abstractionism.’”

Wolff uses paint, wood, plastic, ceramics, wire, metal and found objects in his works, which often have an environmental/ecological direction to them.

Exhibit hours at ASU Gammage are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays, or by appointment. Due to rehearsals, event set-up, performances, special events and holidays, it is advisable to call (480) 965-6912 to ensure viewing hours, since they are subject to cancellation without notice.

Visitor parking is available at meters around the perimeter of ASU Gammage. Entrance is through the East Lobby Doors at the Box Office. For more information call Brad Myers at (480) 965-6912 or (480) 965-0458.