Exhibitions opening during this month's Bexley Art Walk boast an element of celebrity -- whether it's the artists themselves, such as the contributors to Hammond Harkins Galleries' exhibit, whose realism works have been exhibited at London's National Portrait Gallery, or the artist's subject, as in the case of Alfred Wertheimer, whose photos of Elvis Presley will be on display at the Schumacher Gallery.
From 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, Art Access, Hammond Harkins Galleries and Capital University's Schumacher Gallery will host opening receptions for new exhibits that will run through April.
A Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, Elvis at 21, will be on display at the Schumacher Gallery, 2199 E. Main St., until April 27. It features 56 photographs taken by Wertheimer, who traveled alongside Presley in the year that he rose to superstardom. The gallery describes the exhibit as having "cinematic luminosity" because of the way the "photographs document a remarkable time when Elvis could sit alone at a drugstore lunch counter."
Four painters combined efforts for an exhibit called Contemporary Realism: Four Visions, which will be on display through April 21 at Hammond Harkins Galleries, 2264 E. Main St. Artists Mark Bush and Erin Wozniak, whose work appeared at the National Portrait Gallery, portray the human figure in ways that sometimes deceive the eye and other times depict familial relations and time. Artists Paul Hamilton and Sally Tharp's paintings are of ordinary things, but focus on the overlooked qualities of the objects.
Art Access, 540 S. Drexel Ave., will present Landscapes by Paul-Henri Bourguignon, Richard Clem, Toni Doilney, Frank Hobbs, Boryana Rusenova Ina, Valerie Craig, Karen LaValley, Jance Lentz, Jason Lewis, Nancy Schaff and Ruth Templeton. The works also will be available for viewing through April 21.