by: Nancy Kalikow Maxwell
What does the light-filled, delicate artwork of Lori Stanziola have in common with the bold, arresting scenes and portraits produced by Eugene P. McNerney? Very little it turns out, which makes the curated art exhibit at the R. G. Endres Gallery such a double bonus. Gallery-goers will be able to enjoy 50 exquisite pieces produced by the two artists while experiencing two widely differing artistic styles.
Lori Stanziola and Eugene McNerney are prominent Kansas City-based artists. A former designer for Hallmark Cards, Lori Stanziola puts her printmaking skills to use to create hand-printed single and small-numbered editions. As she describes it, her work “focuses on observations, contrasts and rhythms present in and inspired by natural and man-made forms.” Among her works on exhibit are scenes of beaches, lakes, flowers, and palm trees. Exuding a sense of serenity, her works offer what has been described as “plenty of breathing space to them.”
According to his website, Eugene McNerney has been a professional artist and designer for more decades than he cares to count. His artwork has been represented in collections across America and in Europe. Since childhood he “has been aware of the ways in which various cultures, from ancient to modern, have seen the world” which he transcribes into his artwork. His works in the show demand attention, especially the powerful portraits of cowboys, jesters, and a bullfighter. Comments overheard from those viewing his paintings included, “Amazing,” “Cool,” and “Looks like photographs.” Also on display are “A Mother’s Lulla-by,” an intimate mother-and-child portrait and the timely work, “Will the Flowers Grow Again Someday,” featuring a bandaged teddy bear holding a Ukrainian flag.
McNerney and Stanziola’s works were originally planned for a November/December showing, but were re-scheduled to this summer. The exhibit is available from now until September 2nd and can be seen Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00pm at the gallery in the Prairie Village Municipal Offices, 7700 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS. For more information, see artspv.org.