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Still Life Exhibit
September 2, 2006 - October 28, 2006


"Helping Hands Still LIfe" Oil on canvas 26" x 28"

A still life exhibit at the Schweinfurth Art Center Gallery, 205 Genesee St, Auburn, NY 13021- September 2 - October 28, 2006 will include about 8 oil and pastel still life paintings by Brian Keeler in this group show. For info call Stephanie Schuster at 315-255- 1553 or mail@schweinfurthartcenter.org OR visit www.schweinfurthartcenter.org


Annual Open House
October 6, 2006 - October 8, 2006


"Down RIver View with Heron-Wyalusing, PA" Oil on canvas 46" x 50"

Annual Open House - The Brian Keeler Studio-Galley at 101 School Lane in Wyalusing will be open for visitors during the 13th Annual North Branch Art Trail and Festival. The art trail weekend occurs on October 6, 7 and 8th this year and promises to be the best one yet. In the studio you will view works in progress and many beautiful paintings, pastels, watercolors and prints to add to your collection of fine art. Works from Italy and regional landscapes will be part of the displayed selection. The hours for the weekend will begin on Friday October 6 starting at noon and going to 6 p.m. (this is actually a great time to come, when Brian will be in the gallery and the pace more relaxed). On Saturday an attendant will be operating the studio as Brian will be participating in the triathlon and dance performances. On Sunday, a more relaxed day, ideal for looking, open from noon to 5 p.m. To view all the great art and music events planned for this weekend go to www.wyalusing.net.


The Art of Everyday Life- Genre Art Northeast Show
August 5, 2006 - September 20, 2006


"Philadelphia Swimmers" a 36" x 40" oil painting by Brian Keeler is part of the Genre Art Show at the Blue Heron Gallery in Wyalusing.

The 'Everyday Life - Genre Art Northeast' show will feature 20 artists from throughout the PA and NY area, all portraying the motif of everyday life, or genre art as it is categorized. The opening reception in Wyalusing, is also a gala fund-raiser for the gallery that is open to the public, with special culinary treats and great swing and jazz music for dancing by the Brian Murphy Combo of Sayre, PA. The evening's festivities will include the release of a new catalog published by Wyalusing's River Light Press that will include full color reproductions of art by each artist as well as poems by several regional poets, also addressing the theme of everyday life. The catalog will be available at the gallery for $16 and several of the poets will read selections from the catalog at 7 p.m. A donation of $10 per person is requested for the evening and information about the show can be obtained by calling 746-4922 or wchamber@epix.net or visit the gallery web site at www.blueheronart.org.


Celebration of the Arts Festival
September 8, 2006 - September 10, 2006


"Seneca Sunburst Still Life with one roll of Acid Free Masking Tape" This oil painting (38" x 40") by Brian Keeler will be among those shown in the COTA arts fest.

Brian Keeler will be displaying his art at the Celebration of the Arts (COTA) festival at Deleware Water Gap, PA during the weekend of September 8,9 & 10. This outdoor show features many artists and craftsmen, plus the incredible jazz music. So come for the music and art ( and dancing too) as the display will be very near the stage. See some of Brian's new small scale landscapes in this show. For info about the fest, (you need to purchase tickets), go to http://www.cotajazz.org/


“Streams of Light- Images of our Rivers and Towns” Art of by Brian Keeler
June 16, 2006 - July 15, 2006


A recent river image by Brian Keeler "Still Life with Misty Riverscape" Oil and Acrylic - 36" x 40"

The Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network is proud to present, “Streams of Light – Images of our Rivers and Towns”. This special exhibit of artwork by Wyalusing, Pennsylvania artist, Brian Keeler, will be on display at the Pittston Memorial Library June 16, 2006, through July 15, 2006. The exhibit coincides with the annual, “River Fest” event, celebrating the natural beauty of the Susquehanna River. Featured among this year’s activities is a walking tour of historic Pittston, highlighting several of the city’s churches, which are also captured by Mr. Keeler on canvas. A “Gala Opening Reception” for the artist, with proceeds benefiting Library, and sponsored by the Women’s Network, is planned to take place on the evening of Friday, June 16. Invitations will be issued to members and friends of the Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network. For further information about this event please contact the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce at 570 655 1424. The Pittston Memorial Library is located 47 Broad Street and is open Monday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The walking tour is planned for Sunday June 18, with departures at either 1 or 3 p.m. The tours will begin in front of the First Baptist Church on Water Street. Those attending should wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes appropriate for churches. There is no fee for the tour but donations to the various churches will be accepted. Brian Keeler has focused on the Susquehanna River as one of his main sources of interest for many years and this show will present some of his newest work and some pieces from previous years. He derives the primary source of inspiration for his river images from the beautiful stretch of river in Bradford County, but he has also depicted the river shores in the Wyoming Valley and Pittston in particular. His oil paintings are often begun with quick pencil sketches or studies done in pastel or with oil, usually in a smaller scale on location. He values the time on the river as an important part of the picture-making process. Sometimes stopping to paint while driving past a favorite location or in a kayak when he paddles out to paint these studies from direct observation, they all have their own way of contributing to studio paintings. His outdoor painting is done very much in the tradition of the Impressionists or like the original plien aire painter, the 19th century French artist, Corot. After making studies outside, Keeler then goes back to his studio and creates larger format oils based on these first-hand compositions and from photos he takes during the days on the river. He feels that there is something irreplaceable about being outside and experiencing nature first-hand while creating paintings in a single sitting. Feeling the air, hearing the ambient sounds of nature and even the background sounds of traffic, lawnmowers and people, seeing the effects of light and serendipitous occurrences of nature all contribute to an emotional connection to his subjects. As the title of this exhibit suggests, one of the artist’s main attractions to any given landscape is the quality of light and the play of light on shorelines, clouds and topography. He especially enjoys the contrasts of the area’s older buildings in combination with newer more banal architecture, set against that natural beauty of the river’s edge. Although this show concentrates on area riverscapes, Keeler is also well known as a painter of fine portraits, still lifes and figurative paintings. Keeler’s work has won wide acclaim over the years and his paintings. Many individuals, corporations, museums in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and throughout the United States and abroad, have collected his oils and pastels. In the spring of 1994 his work, along with that of his father, William Keeler, was featured in a retrospective exhibition at the Everhart Museum in Scranton. His work has appeared in feature articles in American Artist Magazine on two occasions and he has also authored a book about his father’s art that served as the catalog for the Everhart show. Two books have been illustrated by Keeler in collaboration with their authors, one a children’s’ book and the other a treatise on a mystical theme. All three books will be available at the library for purchase. To see and learn more about the artist visit his web site at www.briankeeler.com For specific information about this art show contact the Laura Craig Gallery in Scranton at 570-963-7995 or Rosemary Dessoye, Executive Director, at the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce at 570- 655-1424 or the Pittston Memorial Library at 570-654-9565. For those interested in the walking tour of historic Pittston contact Jan Lokuta at 570-296- 2181 after 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.


Figure and landscape workshop in Barga, Tuscany.
May 21, 2006 - May 30, 2006


"View of Barga" Oil on prepared paper 16" x 20" This oil painted on location from the east of the village.

Really a dream come true for painters and others. The workshop will be great opportunty to focus on the essence of painting and be inspired by the wonderful light of Italy. Wonderful meals prepared by an Italian cook, stay in 18th century villa with a garden, dance classes in the evening and a jazz club just doors away.

For full details contact Donna Magnani ASAP to reserve your spot during this incredible week. Donna can be reached at 815-337-0822 or dmagnani@mc.net.

The full scedule and price info can be viewed at www.workshopsitalia.com


Slide Lecture and Figure Painting Workshop
January 27, 2006 - January 28, 2006


“Model with Venetian Mask and Yellow Roses”, Oil on Canvas, 26” x 30”, 2005

Brian Keeler will be presenting a slide lecture on his Italian painting excursions and highlighting some of his favorite painters of the Italian Renaissance. The lecture can be regarded as a brief intro to the Italian Renaissance. The slide presentation and lecture will happen on Friday, January 27, at 7:30 pm, at the AFA Gallery with a $5 admission charge. The figure painting workshop will occur the next day (Saturday, January 28) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held at the National Trolley Museum at Steamtown National Park Complex, 300 Cliff Street, Scranton. The class is designed for oil painters and it will utilize a live model. The class will emphasize quick jesture studies to capture the essence of a pose and gradually work up to longer poses. The class fee is $100.


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