Laughing Dog Studios art space, "Gallery at Laughing Dog", presents "Rural Pairing: Recent Works in Painting by Julia Merkel and John M. Bell", showing during September and October 2018.
Join us for light refreshments and a stroll through our Gallery during Downtown Harrisonburg's October First Fridays on Friday, Oct 5th. 5-8pm. Love to see you there!
First Fridays events are sponsored by Arts Council of the Valley. For a full schedule of events for October First Fridays, check www.valleyarts.org.
John M. Bell earned his Master of Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing) from James Madison University and Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (which included studies in Lucca, Italy). Since 1990 John has been an art professor at Blue Ridge Community College, teaching drawing, painting, design, and art appreciation. His paintings, in oil and acrylic, have been exhibited throughout Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, and California. Awards include an International Artist-in-Residency at the Cill Rialaig Project in County Kerry, Ireland. www.johnmalcolmbell.com
Julia Merkel holds a BFA in Sculpture and Art History from the University of Notre Dame and completed an MFA in Painting at James Madison University. Over her art career, she has served as Curator of the JMU Fine Art Collection, adjunct professor at JMU, Virginia Military Institute, and University of North Texas. Currently, she runs the Preservation Office for JMU Libraries and has the privilege of conserving and building custom housings for Rare Books & Manuscripts in Special Collections in addition to planning and installing exhibits from materials in the archives. Her art work is held in many public and private collections. www.juliamerkelfineart.weebly.com