For Immediate Release—Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tony Hoppa
Assistant Vice President for Communications
(585) 245-5516

Lockhart Gallery gala on Sept. 14 features work of Richard Beale

GENESEO, N.Y.—The Geneseo Foundation, the Geneseo Friends of Art and the School of the Arts at the State University of New York at Geneseo will hold the sixth annual Lockhart Gallery gala on Friday, Sept. 14 featuring the works of noted regional artist and Emeritus Professor of Art Richard Beale.

 "Many Visions" will exhibit approximately 30 of Beale's works, including several from his private collection. The event will take place from 7-9 p.m. at the Lockhart Gallery, located in the McClellan House at 26 Main St. in Geneseo. Beale, who taught drawing, painting and art history at Geneseo from 1963-1984, will deliver brief remarks.

The works in "Many Visions" reflect Beale's craving for change as an artist over the last 50 years, evidenced by a wide variety of styles and media ranging from egg tempera, oil paint and watercolor to acrylic paint, etching and clay. "I am a different artist every day," Beale noted. "If there is any unbroken thread that ties my work together, it is the conviction that expressing wonder and gratitude is my main job."

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $35 by calling the Geneseo Foundation at (585) 245-5519 or at the door for $40. Proceeds from the gala are used to support the permanent collection fund and the gallery director's exhibit fund. Several pieces of Beale's work will be available for purchase.

The exhibition and associated events are made possible through financial support provided by The Bank of Castile/Tompkins Insurance and Barry and Angela (Amedore '74) Caplan. Beale's works will be on display from Sept. 13-Oct. 13, 2007 at the Lockhart Gallery.

About the artist

Born in Detroit, Beale earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of New Mexico and a master of fine arts degree from Ohio University. He is well known for painting large landscapes of the Genesee Valley and also for several books of poetry, including "Waiting with Irene," for which he was named runner-up for the Saltonstall Writing Fellowship in 2005.