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By: Leah Alsept
The very first exhibition at the Lea Gallery this Fall is from one of the University of Findlay’s former professors- Harry Melroy. Melroy was an adjunct art professor at the University. He is now teaching as an adjunct art professor at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. His exhibit will be on display in the Gallery until September 20th, 2019.
30 pieces of Melroy’s colorful artwork are displayed in the Gallery. From his artist statement, Melroy says that this exhibit “allows for the creation of visual narratives where places and participants come together for nonsensical events.”
Melroy uses vibrant colors to enhance his work. “Local color (sun is yellow, sky is blue, etc.) is often distorted and sometimes avoided, so a cloud can be green, and a tree may be magenta. A hue is selected because of the way it invigorates or completes the visual space that borders it or surrounds it,” Melroy said, taken from his artist statement.
The Director of the Lea Gallery, Spencer Cunningham encourages students to be curious about the fine arts. “I think photography, and arts in general, is like a license to be curious. To be collaborative and create,” he said, “The fine arts are becoming more and more important in preparing people for the job markets that’ll be out there. And it’s fun.”
Visit https://www.findlay.edu/arts-humanities-social-sciences/art/lea-gallery for more
information on Melroy’s exhibit and upcoming exhibits at the Gallery. The reception for
Melroy’s exhibit will be held on September 10th, 2019, from 7-8:30 pm in the Lea Gallery.