January 8, 2015, Natchitoches, La–The Orville Hanchey Gallery, located on the campus of Northwestern State University, will host Luminescence, an exhibition of new paintings by artists Tony McDonald and Andrea Pramuk, on view and open to the public January 8-29, 2015. There will be a closing reception 5:30-7:30 pm on January 29.
Austin artist, Andrea Pramuk, will feature 20+ abstract paintings created specifically for this exhibition over the past year. Originally from Baton Rouge, it’s a special treat for her to show in Louisiana and with artist Tony McDonald, one of her father’s long time friends and former students (Edward Pramuk, 2014 Art Legend recipient and Professor Emeritus at LSU). Her last exhibition in Louisiana was with her father at Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge in 2005.
This collection ranges drastically in scale including a number of miniatures that were created during winter months, so there is a predominant feeling of ice, cold, snow melting, warmth by fire, etc. Pramuk’s work in general might remind you of the earth and its elements: cloud formations, the cosmos, forests, geological formations and the vastness of the ocean. Always conscious of her surroundings, body, environment and art become a natural and primal extension of the other, symbiotically. The resulting ephemeral imagery has a certain weightlessness and fragility about it that she finds endlessly compelling, and meaningful.
Andrea Pramuk also has a 2nd career as Marketing Director for Ampersand Art Supply, manufacturer of wood panels for artists, located in Buda, Texas. All of the paintings in this exhibition are created on Ampersand’s diverse surfaces, mostly Claybord™. Over the years at Ampersand, Andrea has become a specialist in art materials. Her paintings are made using unique and unorthodox combinations of media: watercolor, inks, metals, oils, and wax. As a result, the surfaces of her paintings can have luminescent qualities like human skin at times. She is extremely sensitive to paint applications from stain to thick opacity, and uses this to create conversations within each painting.
A regular in the East Austin Studio Tour, Andrea Pramuk most recently participated in a group show in November with artists Judith Simonds and Polly Lanning Sparrow at Slugfest Gallery. Coming up, you will find large-scale reproductions of her work featured in Elle Decoration Magazine – UK – February issue. At the same time, Minneapolis-based AREA Environments will introduce an exclusive collection of wall coverings based on her original paintings. Pramuk’s original work is collected internationally by direct sale only. Reproductions of her work are currently placed in many corporate, residential, hospitality and retail environments such as Hyatt, Marriott and Crate and Barrel. Connect with Ms. Pramuk in social media for current news, upcoming events, works-in-progress and other musings related to art, food and music.
Tony McDonald’s paintings and sculptures have been exhibited at the Alexandria Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, and he is a regular participant in the Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival in Alexandria, Louisiana for the past several years. This new body of work continues his exploration of dream and myth imagery.
Join both artists at the closing reception of Luminescence on January 29 5:30-7:30 pm. It’s free and open to the public. Please take time to RSVP on the Facebook event page.