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"Is One Enough or Is Two Too Many"

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Thomas Doepken to show artwork at Eastern campus gallery


Valley Grove artist and Eastern Campus Art Instructor Thomas Doepken will be exhibiting his artwork at the Ohio University Eastern Campus Art Gallery through Oct. 28.  A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6 – 8 p.m.  

The exhibit, "No Dogs, No Pony," will showcase his talents in two and three dimensional works.

"Art is observation, a vehicle for the imagination, or in our times often a means of reacting to social events," said Doepken. "This exhibit manifests a few of the innumerable images that have passed through my mind over the last forty years.  My hope is that the viewer will find my work somewhat artful."

The exhibit features several pieces that will make the viewer interpret the art for themselves.  According to Doepken, these interpretations may vary from one viewer to the next.  

"For example, with the wood sculpture entitled 'Is One Enough or Is Two Too Many?' I was attempting to capture the mysteries of spiritual life and in form relate it to shapes that I have admired in the work of Inuit carvers," said Doepken. "In reality, this particular piece has meant many different things to many different people, and I think that is significant."

Doepken’s work has been shown in both individual and group shows in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia since 1972.  Venues include Da Vinci Gallery, Philadelphia; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; Stifel Fine Arts Center, Wheeling, W.Va.; Wind Rush Gallery, Frederick, Md.; and Zanesville Art  Center.

Doepken credits his educational background and diverse work experience as major influences on his work.  He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts from Ohio University and was immediately hired as an art instructor at the Eastern Campus in 1972, a position that he still holds today.  

The Ohio University Eastern Art Gallery is open to the public and admission is free.  The art gallery is located on the second floor of Shannon Hall.

For gallery hours or more information, please contact Ohio University Eastern campus at 740-695-1720.