BEDFORD, Pennsylvania. This exhibition combines realism and mystery.
Michael Mosorjak’s exhibition “From Conservator to Artist” will be on display until July 17 at the South Alleghenies Art Museum in Bedford, located in the Anderson House at 137 E. Pitt St.
Mosorzhak, a Jonestown resident, is a contemporary oil and gouache artist.
His realistic images have won him popularity among art collectors.
He also teaches art history and basic drawing, and lectures on painting conservation.
In addition to painting and teaching, Mosorzhak is an art restorer for private collectors and public museums.
“He is such an amazing artist and the quality and level of his experience and presence in the art community is huge,” said Christy Draves, SAMA-Bedford website director.
“Most people know him as a restorer, so if you have a problem with your art or needs to be fixed or cleaned, he will be the person artists are lucky enough to present their art to. But he also has an amazing talent for creating art.”
She said that looking at Mosorzhak’s work, you might think that you are looking at a photograph.
“These are some of the most realistic, vibrant, complex and accurate pieces you’ve ever seen,” Draves said.
“His work and process gives the impression that you can walk right into it.
“He focuses on two paintings a year and he will work from big brushes to small ones, getting more and more complex.”
Draves said that Mosorgak’s paintings, which are dominated by landscapes, almost always contain anomalies.
“It’s not just a phenomenal piece of art – it adds this whole side of mystery and magic, and there’s a lot of fun in his paintings,” Draves said.
“Autumn paintings show the dramatic, golden light and rich colors of landscapes that convey the beauty of Pennsylvania.”
The exhibition features 31 works, including one unfinished work.
“You can see his style and technique and also his method because he has a grid and he moves up and you can see the mystery he adds,” Draves said.
She said Mosorjak will work on the painting throughout the exhibition and will hold a master class from 6 to 8 pm on July 8, where the public is invited to observe his oil painting method, process and ask questions.
“It provides educational material on how he does his job and broadens his experience,” Draves said.
The cost is $10 and registration is required at www.sama-art.org/event-list.
Mosorzhak received a bachelor’s degree in painting and printmaking from Boston University and a master’s degree in painting conservation.
He is the author of Why? … The Book of Answers” and his autobiography “Fifty Years of a Picture Restorer”.
“I hope people understand that just because we’re in rural Bedford County doesn’t mean we can’t have world-class artists who not only showcase their art, but live here,” Draves said.
“We hope that when people come, they will learn something new and want to come back.”
Together with the exhibition from 13:00 to 15:00 on June 18, a master class on rubbing leaves and flowers with a pencil and watercolor for all ages will be offered.
“We’re going out into the yard and picking out fun things to work with, and we’ll be making our own little flower garden,” Draves said.
“They will take parts of nature and then turn them into art.”
The workshop is free, but registration is required at www.sama-art.org/event-list.
Museum opening hours: from noon to 16:30 from Tuesday to Saturday.
Entrance to the exhibition is free.
For more information, call 814-589-3020 or visit www.sama-art.org.