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Early work of Ben Solowey on view Bedminster studio



Ben Solowey’s cast drawings from his time at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts can be seen in “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: The Early Work of Ben Solowey.”

An opening reception for “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: The Early Work of Ben Solowey,” curated by Katherine Eastman, is set for 1 to 5 p.m. June 9, at the Studio of Ben Solowey, 3551 Olde Bedminster Road, Ottsville.

The exhibition runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through June 24. This will be the only time the Solowey home will be open this year.

The earliest works of Ben Solowey (1900-1978) that remain today are those from his time at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). He enrolled in classes in 1919, beginning his formal study of art that would lead to his lifelong career/passion.

Before PAFA students were able to draw live models, they were required to complete “Cast Drawing” class, in which students drew from casts of ancient sculptures.

The ability for students to work from these casts made the experience of “drawing from life” more accessible. Once students became proficient in drawing the cast sculptures, they moved on to drawing from live models.

Late 19th century Academy teacher Thomas Anshutz favored charcoal and relied heavily on high contrasts of light and dark. This contrast of light and dark can be seen in Solowey’s cast drawings that will be on view for the upcoming exhibition.

Call 215-795-0228 or visit solowey.com for information.




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