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"On the Cutting Edge" by Howard Hitchcock, 16"h x 8"w x 5"d, bronze on Burmese Blackwood base.With Age Comes Wisdom: The Art of Bill Woolway & Howard Hitchcock

Opening Reception Friday Evening,
April 3, 2015, 5-8 pm

Sedona's Lanning Gallery opens a very special exhibition which may bring surprises to many people. The artists whose work is featured in "With Age Comes Wisdom: The Art of Bill Woolway & Howard Hitchcock" are 95 years old and 87 years old, respectively.

Bill Woolway and Howard Hitchcock have proven that, for an artist, growing older can not only provide a mastery of technique but also an unmatched richness of vision.

Bill Woolway, at a decidedly young 95, paints in a primitive style that speaks to an archetype of Americana even as he portrays those who others often do not take the time to see. The disenfranchised get their due in this artist's work from migrant workers whose toil and plight is as much a part of our dinner as the sunshine and rain, to lost dogs finding a friend after a long time wandering.

Woolway paints in acrylic on wood with found materials subtly used to highlight a detail and draw our real world into the world he creates. Bill Woolway's paintings have been celebrated from the San Diego Museum of Art to the Art Institute of Chicago to the Smithsonian.

Howard Hitchcock is a sculptor who has devoted decades to perfecting the art of ceramic shell casting. For thirty-two years he also shared this knowledge as a university professor of art; when he found no book for his students on this technique, he wrote his own: Out of the Fiery Furnace (William Kaufmann, Inc. 1985).

Howard Hitchcock's unique artistic vision is one well informed by humor, satire, even commentary. In Hitchcock's table-top sized bronze sculptures stylized human forms blend into the structure of objects, both imagined and ordinary; in "Airport Check-in" anonymous figures peer through a horizontal scanner as another figure slides through; Hitchcock's humans form the spokes of wheels, push over-sized envelopes (get it?) and, in a piece entitled, "On the Cutting Edge," perch atop a blade.

Howard Hitchcock can be found in "Who's Who in American Art."

At Sedona's Lanning Gallery "With Age Comes Wisdom: The Art of Bill Woolway & Howard Hitchcock" runs through April 12th.

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