This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Lewis and Pesh Art Exhibit

There is a new art show at the Lilian Fendig Gallery that will run until January 31 with the artist's reception on January 24 from 7:00 until 8:30. The show features the work of two artists, Jason Lewis and Karl Pesh. Here is the artist biography of Karl Pesh:
Karl Pesick was born on March 3, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from college, he enlisted in the Navy as a photographer. When his tour of duty was completed, he returned to the Chicago area and worked 23 years for a photo studio.
After retiring from photography, he took a position as a Sergeant of Security at the Palos Heights Hospital and later at the Orland Park State Bank. It was during these years Karl began painting. When his health began to decline, he fully retired from employment and began painting full time for pleasure.
Fame and fortune were not his object, thus the collection began. Karl Pesick passed away on May 1, 2012, and his widow began selling his fold-style paintings.
(I do not know why the program lists him as Pesh and the biography refers to him as Pesick. Update: from a comment, "Karl Pesick chose to sign his paintings as Karl Pesh.")

His pictures are small and very detailed. The picture below is an acrylic titled "The Blue Lake Lighthouse, Lake Village, Indiana" and is available for only $75. Most of the other pictures are also very small and most are for sale for less than $100.

 (I do not know what the Blue Lake Lighthouse was. If you know something about this structure, leave a note in the comments.)

The other artist whose work is featured is Jason Lewis:
Jason Lewis is a graduate of Rensselaer Central School Corp. and has lived most of his life in town. After five years at Purdue studying Forestry, Fisheries and Aquatic Science and one year in North Carolina installing commercial landscaping, he returned for four years as the assistant superintendent at Curtis Creek Country Club.
Since 2008 he has been summering in Alaska working in the adventures and fishing industry and has been employed by David and Scott Lakin as a seasonal farm hand. He recently moved to Montana to work in the activities department of a guest ranch.
Jason has spent a lifetime outdoors, enjoying all aspects of camping, fishing, hiking, and wildlife. His parents, Jim Lewis and Deb and George Ellis gave him ample opportunity to enjoy his passions on summer vacations and the freedom to explore the mighty Iroquois. Jason has taken art classes throughout his entire education, but with help from Roger Beehler and Kelly Spurgeon seemed to find a medium he enjoyed. This is a collection of pieces from high school to the present.
 The piece below, done in pencil, is called Duck Family and is in the collection of his mother.
Stop by and see what else they have done.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

FYI: Karl Pesick chose to sign his paintings as Karl Pesh. Please visit to see these interesting pieces of art. Four new pieces were added this weekend.