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May252011

“Two Mirrors” Art and Poetry by Art Teacher Mr. Bear 

“Two Mirrors” Art and Poetry by Jeff Bear

ACS Athens invites you to an exhibition of Art Work and Poetry by Jeff Bear from May 26th to June 12th at the school’s Art Center (129 Aghias Paraskevis Str., Halandri) with an opening reception on Friday, May 27th, 2011 from 4pm-8pm.

The collages, drawings and three dimensional pieces of this collection were each inspired by individual original poems by the artist. The show is about the relationship between visual art and poetry, how each mirrors the other. The work explores color, composition and the relationship of forms in a decorative and very personal style and attempts to express the essence of each poem.

At the opening on Friday, May 27th from 4:00pm-8:00pm Mr. Bear will discuss poetry and art, talk about his work and read some of his poetry.

For something completely different, take time to visit this exhibition of Art work and poetry by “The Bear.”

For more information on the gallery hours and the artist’s biography, please visit ACS Athens website at www.acs.gr or contact the ACS Athens Art Center at 210-6393200 x320.

Jeff Bear

When I was a student at Faulkner Street Elementary School in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, I discovered two things: I was an artist. I wanted to teach art. That these revelations were inspired by my art teacher, Faith Lee, I record here along with my regret that I never really told her how much she meant to my life. I taught myself how to draw and paint; Mrs. Lee taught me how one shares a love of art through teaching.

At the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, I found that I had a talent for caricature and cartooning and I also learned how to write. Then during four years at Wesleyan University in the 1960’s, I discovered that sculpture and welding were fun. I worked in metal during the years I taught and exhibited in Florida before moving to New England.

For the decade that I taught in the greater Boston area, I became more interested in photography and painting as I discovered that sculpture was neither portable nor profitable. The portability requirement became even more relevant when I took my first teaching post outside of the U.S.A. in 1981.

Actually, Athens, Greece, already had enough sculpture, although TASIS, at that time, needed an art teacher. My first years in Greece were well spent, since I met my lovely Scottish wife, Chris.

During work and residence in Indonesia, England, Spain and Jordan, my personal artwork was mostly photography and drawing. Upon a return to Greece, I entered what I think of as my “doodle period.” Those drawings featured high contrast patterns and whimsical, intricate subjects that satisfied some neurotic inner need for minute detail.

                         Jeff Bear, Bearj@otenet.gr , 210 601 7536

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