Lennie Kesl and Jiri Lonsky: For the Love of Creation


The City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce the opening of Lennie Kesl and Jiri Lonsky: For the Love of Creation art exhibition, which is scheduled to run April 18 – June 7, 2009 in the Thomas Center Main Gallery. A free public reception will be held Thursday, April 23 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Thomas Center. The exhibition consists of over 50 powerful ceramics, paintings and mixed media works. This exhibition is sponsored by: McCallum Cabinets, Inc. and Héctor Framing Gallery in Gainesville, FL.

Hector Framing Gallery  

Renowned artist Lennie Kesl received a B.F.A. degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, I (1953); and a M.A. degree from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI  (1957).  He studied at L’Atelier Fernand Leger, Paris, France (1949); and the University of Colorado at Boulder (1956-1957).  Kesl is highly regarded as a teacher-in and out of the classroom.  He has taught at the Western College for Women, Oxford, OH (1958-1965); University of Alaska-Fairbanks (1965-67); and Montana State University-Northern, Havre (1967-68).  Kesl moved to Gainesville in 1968 and taught at the University of Florida (1968-72), and Santa Fe Community College (1972-1991).  Kesl’s work is included in numerous private and museum collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, NY; Alaskan State Museum, Juneau; St. Louis Art Museum, MO; Cincinnati Art Museum, OH; Weatherspoon Museum of Art, University of North Carolina, Greensboro and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville.  Though retired from teaching, Kesl continues to work full-time in his Gainesville studio.  His work is represented by Héctor Framing Gallery in Gainesville, FL.

Gainesville Ceramicist Jiri Lonsky participated in a Post Baccalaureate study program at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, received a B.F.A. at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS and earned a Master of Science in biology at the Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.  His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at the Braitmayer Art Center, Tabor Academy, MA, Vibrations Studio, KS; Clay Art Center, NY; Reynolds Gallery, CA; Adrian Saxe m.t. burton gallery, NY; The Guilford Handcraft Center, CT, Lilstreet Art Center, IL; Midland Arts and Antiques, IN; Kirkland Art Center, WA; Starbrick Clay, OH; St. Petersburg Clay Company, FL; Holter Museum of Art, MT; Matthews Art Gallery, FL Center Gallery, FL; Focus Gallery, University of Florida; and Leedy –Voulkos Art Center; KS. He has taught workshops and participated in Artist Residencies in the U.S. and abroad. Lonsky’s work has been featured in numerous publications and received several grants and awards.

The Thomas Center Galleries are located at 302 NE 6th Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Tuesday from 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM and Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. The galleries are closed Sundays and for observed holidays. For additional information, please contact Erin Friedberg, Visual Arts Coordinator at (352) 393-8532.

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