Park University’s Campanella Gallery to Host Painting Exhibit

Friday, December 27, 2013

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LaRose-Opening in the ForestDec. 27, 2013 — A exhibition featuring selected paintings of artist Matthew LaRose, entitled “Landscapes: The Space Between the Trees,” will be on display in Park University’s Campanella Gallery, Friday, Jan. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 16. A reception will be held for LaRose on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Gallery.

LaRose’s most recent work, a diptych, acrylic on canvas titled, “An Opening in the Forest,” is a naturalistic depiction of the density of the woods with the clearing of the trees and leaves. Other works also envision gnarled tree roots and erosion in his improvised compositions. He begins the painting process in the studio from memory and imagination, including his sketches, and photographic sources, which according to him, transpires convincing authenticity.

“Nature is expansive, unpredictable and sublime, and my portrayal of the woods becomes an idealistic depiction without human interruption,” said LaRose. “I find that painting is informed by experiencing the woods, yet each painting is first, a unique improvisation of color and paint.”

LaRose, chair of Park’s Department of Art and Design, graduated magna cum laude from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University with a Bachelor of Fine Art, and he earned a Master of Fine Art from Yale University. LaRose has had many exhibits displayed throughout the country and has received numerous awards for his art, including an artist fellowship in visual arts/painting by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

The Campanella Gallery is located inside the University’s McAfee Memorial Library, within Park’s Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground. Admission is free. The Gallery’s regular hours are: 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. (Note: On Jan. 10, the opening day of the exhibit, the library will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; the library will be closed Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11-12, as well as Monday, Jan. 20 [for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday]; regular hours begin Monday, Jan. 13.

For more information about LaRose and his work, contact him at or (816) 584-6457.