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February 11, 2010

Flickinger to give lecture, display artwork from his many travels


Mark FlickingerReturning from a six-month sabbatical, Cowley College art instructor Mark Flickinger will discuss the places he traveled to and some of the paintings he created while on a journey that took him through 27 states and provinces and covered more than 21,000 miles. Flickinger will conduct a lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.

“I will talk about the importance of the locations I visited to early American art and literature,” Flickinger said. “These locations were important in developing the 19th century mind in what America had to offer.”

Flickinger will also have 30 pieces of his work on display in the Earle N. Wright Community Room beginning Friday, Feb. 12 and running through Monday, Feb. 22. The show is titled “Souvenirs from the New World”. The majority of the pieces are paintings Flickinger made at different locations across the country.

Flickinger believes the experiences he had during his sabbatical have made him an even better artist.
“I learned a lot about painting and think I am a better painter because of it,” Flickinger said. “I understand more about where we live.”

His trip led him to places that many famed 19th Century painters had visited as Flickinger wanted to see how those locations had changed in that time. Flickinger’s work during his sabbatical is based off pieces done by Frederick Church, Sanford Gifford, Albert Vierstadt, Thomas Moran, Thomas Cole, and Asher B. Durand. These 19th century painters did most of their work between 1837-1905.

“These artists thought of themselves as travelers or tourists and in a way I thought of myself as a tourist in my own country,” Flickinger said.

During his travels he visited Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Acadia, Maine; Mount Desert on Acadia Island; Katahdin Lake in Maine; Newfoundland, Canada; St. Anthony and Quirpon, where the Viking settlements are; North Hampton, Mass. On the Connecticut River; Kauterskill Falls in the Catskill Mountains of Southern New York; Mount Evans and Mount Bierstadt in Colorado; Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming; Puget Sound and the Olympic Range in Washington; the Grand Canyon in Arizona; Shoshone Falls in Southern Idaho, which is the largest waterfall west of the Mississippi; Glen Ellis Falls in the White Mountains of New Hampshire; and Yosemite National Park in Wawona, CA.

Flickinger was able to bring his family along on a few of the trips and of course had his easel and paints with him at each of the stops.

Some of his paintings include The Oxbow on the Connecticut River, Icebergs near the Viking settlements, as well as studies of whales, moose, pronghorn antelope, white mountain goats, and black bears to name a few.

Along with his travels, he also visited the Cleveland Art Museum, Dallas Art Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt and Metropolitan Art Museums in New York.

“It was very edifying and was a wonderful experience,” Flickinger said. “It made me appreciate where I live even more.”