It's finally here!

The past 4 months have flown by, and its amazing to me that everything we have worked towards is finally here. TOMORROW is the opening! Besides a few last minute touch-ups we are FINISHED! The opening is anticipated to be one of the largest in Boyden Gallery history (how crazy is that?!). I would like to think part of it is due to my excellent press and marketing efforts ;)

The last few weeks have had their share of complications and difficulties. We spent hours deciding very minute details- some of which had to be executed slightly differently than we planned. As a result, I think it taught us to be flexible and adjust- a really great lesson learned. Despite a few little changes, our goals have been realized and what a great feeling that is! Hope to see you guys there tomorrow at 5!

It's all becoming real!

Let me first say, I am shocked that there are only two weeks left of semester! We are working towards preparing the most information possible for the gallery while we are on our winter break hiatus, which now entails finishing all the label/publication texts and finalizing all of our design choices. Our lay-out has been decided, paint colors chosen, and even the label fonts. It's finally becoming real!

Personally, as press administrator I will be making sure all of my press bases are covered. More writing is underway as we write, edit, and re-edit our label text. Academic papers are difficult enough to write (and that's only for your professor's eyes), imagine writing something that is to be read by every exhibit attendee, talk about pressure!

About My Artists:

Bartholomew Mako
(June 19, 1890- January 3, 1980)

Bartholomew Mako was born on June 19, 1890 in Obesce, Hungary. Growing up Mako became some what of a child prodigy and by the age of five he was sketching portraits from life for money. Impressed by his work. Viktor Madarasz, a master of Hungarian historical painting, welcomed Mako into his studio and was his first true artistic influence. He later studied and graduated from the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts in 1913. Following four years in the Austro-Hungarian Army during WWI, Bartholomew and his family left Hungary, and settled in Los Angeles, California. Once there, he became a prominent and prosperous commissioned artist for Hollywood film studios, despite the dismal environment the Great Depression had created around him. Mako’s classic training translates through his work and explains for his mastering of multiple mediums and styles.

Salvador Dali
(May 11, 1904- January 23, 1989)

Salvador Dali was born May 11, 1904 in the rural town, Figueres, Spain, where he spent the majority of his early life. Upon marrying his muse, Gala, he later moved to nearby Port Lligat, Spain where he lived for the remainder of his life. As a result of his Spanish heritage, Dali was heavily influenced by the cultural landscape and had been quoted to say that he would only paint in Spain.
Dali was a leader of the Surrealist Movement in the 1930’s and remains known as the most prevalent surrealist of this time, despite being exiled by the group in 1934. Technically, his skill as an artist is reminiscent of naturalistic painters from the Renaissance era, but it is his dreamlike and somewhat bizarre subject matter that set himself apart and established himself as a Surrealist. Dali and his fellow surrealists derived inspiration from their own dreams and “hallucinations,” as he described. His work spans over five decades, and across this time period his medium and technique varies greatly. He has left behind an impressive collection of oils, watercolors, drawings, graphics, and sculptures, films, photographs, performance pieces, jewels and objects of all descriptions.

Curator Bio

Allie Snyder is a junior at St. Mary's College of Maryland. She is an Art & Art History major with a focus on Studio Art and Mathematics minor. As an art student she is specializing in oil painting, with an emphasis on portraiture and the figure. She transferred to St. Mary's her sophomore year from Washington College. Using her contrasting major and minor, Allie hopes to turn her analytical and creative skills into a prosperous career in the art world.