News and Notes

March 6, 2020

Bernini's "St Teresa in Ecstasy" a marble statue in St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome could be said to embody the concept of swoon-logia or more commonly called Stendahl's Syndrome.

“Stendalhl’s Syndrome,” or “Florence Syndrome” used by artists to describe a light-heartedness and emotional joy experienced when a viewer the emotionally transcendent message expre...

October 4, 2018

Some reflections on painting the land-

Some reflections on painting the land-

By Brian Keeler

An essay on the works in the current show at my studio, the North Star Art Gallery in Ithaca, NY.

The topography of light, an interesting idea, at least I find it compelling and quite apropos for encapsulating what I like to portray in my paintings. The way the light fl...

August 11, 2018

Great to see our resident artist Brian Keeler recognized by the Pastel Society.  The "Above the Island Riverscape" shown below is an example of Brian's pastel work available at North Star Gallery. 

May 24, 2018

A Nod to the Heartland, Grant Wood - An American Vision

A Review by Brian Keeler of the Whitney Museum's Retrospective

The show of Grant Wood’s paintings, drawings, and crafts at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York included work of this Iowa artist that had become part of my marrow in a way.  Although not as prevalent or as ubiquitous as some of the...

The Judgment of Paris by Ross King, Walker and Company

I love Ross King's writing about art history. His two other excellent books , Brunelleschi1s Dome and Michelangelo and The Pope1s Ceiling were both page turners that brought the stories of those artists and cities to life with a wealth of engaging detail.

This book by King takes an equally adept look at th...

May 4, 2018

“Thomas Hart Benton, A Life” by Justin Wolff - Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Every young art student should read this book as well as artists who enjoy learning about the travails of other painters. This excellent account of a painter’s life will appeal to those interested in Americana and populist movements. In short, this biography of the 20th century American...

March 24, 2018

Ithaca’s newest art gallery presents : “Stirrings of Spring” celebrating the return of Spring!  April 6th - 30th, 2018. 

"April Over Cayuga Lake" by Brian Keeler

Brian Keeler, an award-winning artist, exhibits a selection of his landscapes celebrating the return of Spring to this beloved region of the Northeast. 

The North Star Art Gallery is at 743...

December 7, 2017

November 24, 2017

December 2 - 24, 2017

Ithaca’s newest art gallery celebrates the holiday season with “At Home In Ithaca and Italy ” celebrating the works of artist Brian Keeler at home in Ithaca and in his second home painting in the Italian countryside.   

“Tis the season to celebrate home. Award winning artist, Brian Keeler, presents works of the Ithaca...

October 1, 2017

An exhibition of some of the signature paintings of skyscapes by Brian Keeler at his Ithaca studio. This is part of the Ithaca Art Trail on the first and second weekends of October. This exhibit will present some of Keeler's most admired and recognizable paintings of landscapes of PA, NY, Maine, Ireland and Italy where the sky is featured in expressive glory...

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