"Falls," oil by Rick Vian. Part of the new exhibit, Gitche Gumee Series, recent work by Rick Vian, opening Oct. 5 at The Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock. (Photo courtesy Copper Country Community Arts Center).
HANCOCK -- The new exhibition at the Copper Country Community Arts Center is Gitche Gumee Series, recent work by Rick Vian, in the Kerredge Gallery: Oct. 5 - Nov. 2, 2013.
Rick Vian, who lives in Royal Oak, Mich., but has a camp in Mass City, has been haunted by Lake Superior since he first laid eyes on it from the shores near Copper Harbor in 1969. He struggled for many years with how to paint its many faces without "just painting pictures of it." Then in 2010 he did a series of small oil sketches that captured a feeling.
In his statement about the work, Vian says, "It was the movement that I was looking for. When I could move like the lake, in a quasi-psychotic but totally empathetic pas de deux, leaving traces of my dance in paint so others could see it, then, maybe I could communicate what I feel there. I don't want to paint what it looks like. I want to paint what it is."
Rick Vian has been painting and teaching in the Detroit area since the early 1970s. He is currently a full-time professor at the College for Creative Studies and is represented by the Robert Kidd Gallery.
A Public Reception and Gallery Talk will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.
The Copper Country Community Arts Center is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. For more information call (906) 482-2333.