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April 19, 2011

Flickinger to present �A Sublime Artistic Journey�


FlickingerRevisiting the North American landscape painted by iconic artists of the Hudson River School, Cowley College art instructor, Mark Flickinger, will present “A Sublime Artistic Journey” during an opening and artist’s reception held Friday, April 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. inside the American Legacy Gallery in Kansas City, Mo.

In 2009, Flickinger decided to take a sabbatical from his teaching position at Cowley and explore personal and professional growth. He felt it was time for further study of the 19th century American style broadly called The Hudson River School (also known as American Luminism). This style developed from both American and European trained artists living in the Hudson River Valley from 1825 to 1915.

Flickinger selected 12 paintings that he believed represented the iconic American landscape of the 19th century and set out hoping to learn more about the way the artists worked, and how they may have embellished or mediated the views before them. He also was interested in painting the locations the way they looked today, 150 years later.

The paintings were done by five artists working from 12 locations in the Newfoundland, New England, the Rockies, and the West.

Flickinger’s work during his sabbatical is based off pieces done by Frederic Edwin Church, Sanford Gifford, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, and Thomas Cole. These 19th century painters did most of their work between 1837-1905.

During his travels Flickinger 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.

Some of Flickinger’s paintings include The Oxbow from Mt. Holyoke; Icebergs near St. Anthony; South Rim, Grand Canyon; The Grizzly Giant, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite; Niagara Falls; West Coast of Newfoundland; Two Bison, Yellowstone, Wyoming; Fish Point Park, Newfoundland; and Looking West from above Shoshone, Snake River Valley Idaho.

The exhibition contains some 50 drawings and paintings and may be previewed on Thursday during regular gallery hours, while Flickinger will be available at the American Legacy Gallery from 2-4 p.m. Saturday.

To view some of Flickinger’s art work, go to