5th Annual Environmental Group Art Exhibition
-Featuring P.R. Miller, Vince Packard, Stephanie Garisto, Lori Field,
Bob Tubbesing, Paul Werner, and Kim Richardson.
-Scrapyard Sculptures, Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic Paintings, Collage,
Painted Instruments.

Opening Reception April 7, 8pm.
-Show runs through May 5, 2007

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is proud to announce our annual Earth Day
Exhibition, curated by Vince Packard. We welcome artists new to the
gallery, renowned Akron Artist P.R. Miller, Bob Tubbesing and Kim
Richardson.

This exhibit takes the perspective that the Earth is a Living Being,
Gaia. All living things are connected. Taking it further, the artists
have been given permission to depict our world in whatever way they see
fit, be it fantastical and dreamy, or stark and sickly.

(This exhibit leads off a month of Earth Day Activities planned by SRCA
which include a “Who’s Your Mama” environmental Film Festival, April
19-22. Details forthcoming.)

Images from the Opening

THE ARTISTS

P.R. Miller: http://www.prmiller.presskit247.com/

PR Miller was born and raised in Mars, Pennsylvania on a salvage yard
not far from Butler County’s Callery Chemical Company. He recalls the
multi-colored burning off of waste from the company that took place
every Friday evening – an event the locals took in with fireworks-like awe.

His father’s junk yard was Miller and his sibling’s backyard. His
mother, a school teacher, punished the children by not allowing them to
play among the piles of scrap metal and broken down cars. PR struggled
in school with an undiagnosed learning disability. His teachers said he
was retarded. His mother encouraged him to use his hand and make things.
So he did.

After high school, PR traveled to Oslo, Norway, where he studied the
work of Gustav Vigland. Upon returning to the U.S., PR enrolled at the
University of Akron, and earned a degree in Art Education.

Growing up in a scrap yard is a key ingredient in the recipe for making
a demolition man, which is exactly what PR made a career in. He created
artwork on his own for his own pleasure. In the '70s and '80s, PR was an
anomaly in the Akron art community; an outsider artist who had the
training, but remained on the outskirts of the museum and gallery
circuit. PR's ever-changing canvas incorporated unusual materials -
metal, glass, and other industrial scraps.

PR says his art has a statement: "Why did you people throw all this
stuff away?"

His appearance is unlikely, with wild gray hair and grungy clothing. PR can often be found philosophizing in his rough, deep voice on politics, religion, or the environment – you know; the usual niceties. His flare for conversation and contempt for the “establishment,” in addition to his unique industrial art earned him the nickname “The Grizzled Wizard.”

Devoted fans of PR, known as “patrons,” are eager to meet his needs –
from paying for dinner (and his company) in a restaurant downtown to
creating films about him. He continues to attract attention and his work
can always be found on display in numerous areas.

While it is obvious that Miller’s creative inspiration is borne out of
what others consider “waste,” his purpose is to achieve more than artistic greatness or national recognition. A bout with brain cancer (which he credits to exposure to toxic waste while living in Pennsylvania) manifested a near-death experience in which Miller was told “to go back,” because his job was not done. It was then that he discovered his true purpose: ridding the world of waste and pollution.

PR has current exhibits at The Cleveland Botanical Garden and The
Massilon Museum of Art

Bob Tubbesing:

Bob Tubbesing was a display designer and mural artist for Higbee's and
has, in different periods of his career, been; poster artist, window
trimmer, interior designer, illustrator, editorial cartoonist, package
designer and educator. He was once, dean of Cooper School of Art and is
presently teaching graphic design at Cuyahoga Community College campus
west.

Kim Richardson: www.keekart.com

I am a self taught painter born in St. Louis, Missouri where I currently
make my home. Although my work is often cathartic and autobiographical,
I like to think it transcends the artist and reaches an audience who is
moved on a personal level. I practice the witchery of bringing darkness
to light. I'm a patron saint of discarded objects, a back alley nomad, a
connoisseur of trash. Between the actual painting surfaces which are
often found objects, the imagery and the title I hope to challenge the
viewer to unlock each painting's meaning. An invitation to journey
inward and ponder your own paths or deeper universal truths.

Lori FIeld: www.lorifieldfineart.com

Lori Field’s work can be described as paintings and collages that are
anthropomorphic and visually hypnotizing. She says in her artist statement,

“My collage and drawing based works begin as streams of consciousness.
The beings depicted evoke subliminal, mysterious worlds. It is another
planet of my own creation; a demi-monde peopled with anthropomorphic
'angels with attitude', mutants, exhibitionists, seducers, chimeras and
other intimate strangers. The animal and Asian imagery in particular
seem to be obsessions that have chosen me rather than the other way around.”