Three Visions featuring the art of Robert Huebel, Ronald Schmitz, and Vera Peltonen Bean opens Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Gallery 194 in downtown Lapeer. The show will run through Saturday, Feb. 9. The public will be able to meet and engage with the artists at a free reception Friday, Jan. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Three Visions brings three established artists with three unique styles and perspectives to Gallery 194. While their styles might all be very different, each artist is connected to the other through mutual friendship and respect for one another. Robert and Ronald have long been mentors to Vera and sponsored her membership to the Flint Artist Market, an organization to which all three artists now belong.
Artist Robert Huebel has spent most of his life studying and teaching art. He taught in the Flushing Community School district for 36 years. He now works as an artist full time and presently works in mixed media. His works are influenced by trips to South America, Central America, Mexico and the American Southwest.
“I find myself motivated by rich native traditions, variety of culture, religions, landscapes, textures, architecture, and the spiritual energy of these areas,” says Huebel. In his work, Robert tries to incorporate as many native and natural materials as possible. Robert Huebel is the current President of the Flint Artist Market and has recently exhibited his work at Buckham Gallery in Flint, and at a one man show at Bay College in Escanaba.
Ronald Schmitz is a retired Flint area educator who confesses to never having any formal art training; however, after retiring he did take a few adult education classes. Ronald says that his passion for painting comes from his wanting to translate the complexity that he sees in nature and the world around him by conveying this beauty for others to experience. One will be immediately struck by the artist’s use of detail, detail that defines this “complexity” that the artist observes and is conveying to the viewer. Schmitz now paints exclusively in watercolor, has exhibited in many shows both individually and as a member of Flint Artists Market. His work can be seen in collections locally, nationally, and internationally.
Vera Peltonen Bean is a retired world class cyclist turned artist, who now works out of her studio, “Emotions in Motion,” located in Downtown Lapeer inside the Lyric Mall. She has transformed the emotion and motion of over ten years of world class bike racing into an array of creative expressions ranging from black and white pen and ink work to sculpture, to acrylics on canvas.
“I would very much like to believe everything is as simple as black and white, however… it’s not. It’s only black and white on the surface. If you take a closer look… things become just a little more complex and a little more complicated. Just as all of us,” says Peltonen Bean.
Peltonen Bean’s work is of expressionism, abstract ideas, emotions, dreams, memories, journeys, and spontaneous fragments of thought and explores black and white as well as bold, vibrant colors. Her designs have been featured on QVC, she has been a guest speaker for the Otter Lake Literary Club, and is a proud member of the Flint Artist Market.
Three Visions at Gallery 194 is a very unique show.
“It brings together three different artists that all have their own styles but are all connected through friendship,” says gallery director James Alt. “Working with these three artists to put this show together has been an energizing and amazing experience and I think visitors to the gallery will really be able to connect with the artists’ work and feel their energy and passion toward their art.”
Three Visions featuring the works of Robert Huebel, Ronald Schmitz, and Vera Peltonen Bean will be on display for the public to enjoy through Feb. 9. Gallery 194 is located at the corner of Court and West Nepessing Streets in downtown Lapeer next to the historic Pix Theater. Gallery 194 is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is always free and open to the public. For more information log onto www.gallery194.com, LIKE Gallery 194 on Face Book or call 810-667-1495.