Ackerson’s ‘All Over the Place’ exhibited at Taber Art Gallery

Date: 12/12/2014

HOLYOKE – The Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College (HCC) will present “All Over the Place,” an exhibit of oil paintings by Northampton artist Bruce Ackerson, through Dec. 18.

“The visual and the narrative go hand in hand in my paintings,” Ackerson said in his artist’s statement. “I want to offer thrills for the eye and the mind. The colors are rich and multi-layered; the paint is heavily textured. The bird's eye view allows a variety of angles and perspectives. The human dramas of the paintings are sometimes goofy, sometimes strange, often familiar.”

Ackerson studied painting and printmaking at Allegheny College, Rutgers University, and the University of Wisconsin before turning to a career in advertising design in New York and San Francisco. This career paid the bills but was not at all satisfying, he says, and he gradually returned to oil painting as a full-time occupation. He now lives and paints in Northampton, Mass. His work is represented by William Baczek Fine Arts in Northampton, Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown, and Art 101 in Brooklyn, and can be viewed on his website, www.bruceackerson.net.

The Taber Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during regular school sessions. It is free and open to the public and located through the HCC Campus Library lobby on the second floor of the HCC Donahue Building, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke.