posted September 21, 2000

Gallery Exhibit Opens Aug. 29

The exhibition "Bernard Maisner:
Entrance to the Scriptorium" will open in the gallery of the
De Pree Art Center at Hope College on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

There will be a reception in conjunction with the
exhibition on Friday, Sept. 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The
exhibition's curator, Terrence Dempsey, S.J., will present
the address "The Pursuit of the Spirit in Contemporary Art"
on Friday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. in Cook Auditorium of the De
Pree Art Center. Maisner will give a gallery talk on
Saturday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. The public is invited to all
of the events, and admission is free.

In addition, Maisner will conduct a manuscript
illumination workshop in the De Pree Design Studio, Room
129, on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. The fee for the
workshop is $20, with enrollment limited to 20. Please call
the De Pree Art Center at (616) 395-7500 for additional
information.

Maisner's techniques and imagery recall art of the
Middle Ages. His paintings and illuminated manuscripts
incorporate elements of calligraphy, gold leafing and
mosaic, exploring a variety of ideas.

His techniques and images unite with the written
word deriving from a wide range of sources, such as Anais
Nin, Franz Kafka and John Cage from modern times, and
Heraclitus and Marcus Aurelius from earlier cultures.
"Whatever the written word illustrated may be,
Maisner achieves a meaningful balance of high intelligence,
devotion and deep passion," said Dr. Jack Wilson, professor
emeritus of art at Hope.

The De Pree Art Center is located on the corner of
12th Street and Columbia Avenue. The gallery's regular
hours following Labor Day Weekend will be Monday through
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m.
to 5 p.m. The gallery is handicapped accessible.

The exhibition will continue through Sunday, Oct.
22.