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2014 “SEASIDE CHARMS” Exhibition

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July 19, 2014 at 3:07 am

Gary Akers featured in Maine Home + Design

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June 1, 2014 at 10:12 am

Akers Egg Tempera 2013 Exhibition

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Akers: The Green Schoolhouse

 

Gary Akers will present his “Egg Temperas” exhibition Saturday, September 7 through 28.  Akers will be on hand each day to meet visitors and discuss his exhibition, which will run from 10 a.m. To 5 p. m. daily at The Green Schoolhouse, a charming restored one-room Finnish school located two miles down the St. George peninsula on Route 131.

This exhibition will feature recent egg tempera paintings. Akers received an international grant in 1976 from the Greenshields Foundation of Montreal, Canada to study egg tempera.  Gary Akers is particularly known for his highly worked paintings in egg tempera, a technique in which dried pigments are mixed with egg yolk and distilled water and layered in thin brushstrokes on a gessoed panel.  Akers’ egg temperas are built up of hundreds of layers, using the technique of cross-hatching, small strokes of color that are layered over one another to achieve subtle effects.

Akers prefer egg tempera to other mediums because it dries to the touch in seconds and more paint can be applied in minutes. It’s this layering -over process that makes egg tempera so unique, each coat of under painting “glows” through subsequent layers.  The result is a luminosity other mediums can’t duplicate. Different types of tempera paint have been used since ancient Egypt.  Today there are only a few artists working in the demanding medium of egg tempera. Akers is carrying on the true Renaissance tradition like the brothers van Eyck and Botticelli.

Richard Lynch, President of Hammer Galleries, N.Y., says of Gary Akers:      

“Whether he is painting in dry brush, egg tempera, or watercolor he applies it with the “Hand of a Master”. With his gentle brush strokes he invites you to a world we all long for; the cool ocean breeze, the ray of light setting on a window box of flowers or the lighthouse standing proudly on the waters edge. He flawlessly captures light and shadows in his subjects, which is preserved for all to absorb and appreciate. Gary Akers’ work encompasses contemporary realism at its best.”

 

Akers’ works have been included in many private collections, including President Ronald Reagan and the Ross Collection, and may be seen in many museums throughout the country; including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO., Ogunquit Art Museum, and the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art in KY.  Two of his paintings are also on exhibit at Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard’s residence in Bamako, Mali.  Akers is an elected Signature Member of the prestigious American Watercolor Society.  Two books about Akers have been published, each with over one hundred of his paintings:  Kentucky Land of Beauty and Memories of Maine.

For more information call (859) 250-0ART or visit GaryAkers.com

 

Akers Egg Tempera Exhibition 2013

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September 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

“CHERISHED MOMENTS”

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Gary Akers will present “Cherished Moments,” an exhibition of more than 20 new egg temperas, watercolors and giclée prints, opening on Saturday, July 20, at the Green Schoolhouse, a restored one-room Finnish school located two miles down the St. George peninsula on Route 131. The artist will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day to meet the public and discuss his exhibition, which will continue through Sunday, August 25.

The show will feature scenes that Akers painted in both Maine and Kentucky; he has painted in Maine every summer since 1976. Akers’ works are in the collections of several museums, and from August 31 through November 3 the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art in Kentucky will be holding a retrospective exhibition of his egg tempera and watercolor paintings.

For more information, call 859-AK0-ARTS or visit http://www.GaryAkers.com.

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July 20, 2013 at 3:39 pm

GARY AKERS EXHIBIT

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GARY AKERS EXHIBIT

SOLO EXHIBITION

OCTOBER 12 – NOVEMBER 6, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN

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August 14, 2012 at 12:51 am

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GARY AKERS “BY THE SEA”

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August 14, 2012 at 12:43 am

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June 11, 2012 at 12:18 am

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Gary Akers: American Watercolor Society 2011-2012

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CONGRATULATIONS GARY AKERS!

Artist Gary Akers has been accepted into
The American Watercolor Society’s 2011-2012 Exhibition
at the Galleries of the Salmagundi Club in New York, NY.

The AWS is the most prestigious watercolor society in the world.

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American Watercolor Society

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May 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Gary Akers Solo Museum Exhibit “Borders of Change”

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Gary Akers "Borders of Change" Poster

Gary Akers “Borders of Change” Poster

 It all began on a cold November day in 1980 when one of his collectors suggested that Akers accompany him on a visit to the Borders Brothers’ farm. It was then that he was first introduced to William, Elmer, and Woodrow, the three bachelor Borders brothers.

Akers stood in awe as he first saw the farmhouse; it was old and weathered and had no running water or electricity, heated with wood stoves and illuminated by kerosene lanterns. This home was a marvelous example of Early American rural architecture and became a second home to him and his art for over a decade. Akers says, “there are a lot of old houses around, but there are not many with this type of life in them.” The Borders farmhouse was an exception, as Akers liked the objects as they were placed in the kitchen, bedrooms, stairways, on the porch, in the cellar, or in the yard. It was these simple objects in everyday use here that caught his eye, and they each began to take on new meanings, showing the life behind them. The Borders brothers themselves and their daily activities were also inspiring, and Akers seemed to glimpse into another world as he watched and visited with them.

The Borders brothers are now gone and their way of life is quickly disappearing. It is because of this that Akers feels a sense of responsibility to record in his paintings scenes of American life, to preserve the past and to enlighten others on this way of life. In this exhibition you will be viewing a world-class collection of paintings from the Borders brothers’ farm that most have never seen. Translated through the artwork are strong emotions; feelings of placidity, tranquility and peacefulness, and a oneness with nature, feelings that the artist himself felt while painting these precious works. You will now have the opportunity to view these powerfully subtle images and experience a glimpse into another world, a world of days gone by. For more information, call The Behringer-Crawford Museum (859) 491-4003 or Gary-Lynn Galleries, Inc. (859) 250-0ART     www.GaryAkers.com

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May 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm