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Artist Corey Drieth Offers Meditative, Contemplative Experiences In Exhibit At U.Va.’S Dell Gallery

October 22, 2004 --

WHO:    Painter Corey Drieth
WHAT:  Exhibit — “Paintings by Corey Drieth”
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 5 through Wednesday, Dec. 1

Opening Reception — Friday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m.

WHERE: Dell Gallery, Dell II, behind the Curry School of Education (Ruffner Hall) on Emmet Street

In our hurry-up everyday world, artist Corey Drieth takes the time to explore meditative, contemplative experiences in his paintings. An exhibition of his works at the University of Virginia’s Dell Gallery will begin with an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. and will run through Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Drieth explores and creates contemplative experiences in his organic abstract paintings by being attentive to how these experiences personally feel, he said in his artist statement.  “What I have found is that these feelings inhabit certain kinds of spaces — the quiet blossoming of the undergrowth in early spring, the latent energy of a blank sheet of notebook paper, the tense light just before the arrival of a prairie thunderstorm. Yet they share general qualities as well — elegant in their form, minimal in their design — they are at once atmospheric and expansive, balanced and rhythmic, delicate, intimate and beautiful.” 

Drieth said this method of painting helps him draw in the viewer to contemplate and become aware of the physical act of seeing.

Drieth is a native of Northern Colorado. He attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins where he received undergraduate degrees in comparative religious studies and fine art.  He recently completed his master of fine arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is now teaching drawing and painting there. 

Drieth’s exhibition, in Dell Gallery, is in the Dell II building behind Ruffner Hall. Hourly parking is available in nearby Emmet Street Parking Garage, and passengers also may be dropped off on Bonnycastle Drive, off McCormick Road.

For details about the exhibit, call the McIntire Department of Art, (434) 924-6123.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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