Stephen Rolfe Powell – Echoes


Marta Hewett Gallery presents: Stephen Rolfe Powell – Echoes

December 2nd, 2016 – January 28th, 2017

This exhibition features a collection of recent works by internationally recognized artist Stephen Rolfe Powell. Highlights include his newest series of “echo” glass bowls. Staying true to Stephen’s meticulous choice of color, these symmetrical bowls radiate in a linear pattern from the center, creating an optical spiral of breathtaking color combinations. At over two feet in diameter the bowls commanding scale are a testament to how Powell has pushed the limits of blown glass throughout his career. In addition, the exhibition includes glass wall panels fabricated using his iconic murrine glass designs. These illuminated panels build on Stephen’s well known use of pattern and color to create unique two-dimensional compositions.  This process was the inspiration behind a major commission in 2016 for the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Stephen Powell has exhibited with Marta Hewett Gallery since 1991. This is his first solo show at the gallery’s Pendleton location.

Born (1951) in Birmingham, Alabama Stephen Powell studied painting and ceramics at Centre College and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1974. Between 1980 and 1983 he attended Louisiana State University and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics. It was during this time that Powell had his first experience with glass and it has since become a full-time obsession. In addition to producing his work at his studio in Danville KY, he teaches glass Centre College where he has been a professor since 1983, and was integral in founding the renowned glass program at Centre College in 1985.

Stephen Powell has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He has participated in lectures workshops, and demonstrations across the globe – including in Russia, Ukraine, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. His work is found in numerous private and public collections including the Auckland Museum, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Mobile Museum of Fine Art, the Huntsville Museum of Art, Corning Museum of Glass, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Speed Museum in Louisville, KY.

As a testament to his passion for glass education, Stephen Powell was awarded Kentucky’s “Teacher of the Year” in 1999 and 2000. In 2004, he was presented the Acorn Award by the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education. He accepted, in 2010, the Artists Award by the Governor’s Award in the Arts. Recently, in 2013, Powell was presented with the Distinguished Educator Award from the James Renwick Alliance in Washington, D.C.

powell-new-manic-carrot-twister-det-2 Images: Manic Carrot Twister, Blown glass, 6” x 26.5” diameter, Courtesy of the Artist and Marta Hewett Gallery

Kevin Muente


Winter Twilight    24″ x 48″   Oil on canvas

Life in the Woods: Evocative Landscape Paintings

October 7th – November 26th, 2016

Artist Statement:

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what I have to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived” – Henri David Thoreau

As a landscape painter I haven’t spent two years, two months and two days in a cottage in the woods like Thoreau, but I have gone there to seek inspiration and to find my calling. As a landscape painter I’m interested in creating environments in my paintings that reaffirm a sense of place for the viewer and touch on the essential facts of life and our connection to nature. I feel my roll as an artist is to experience places deeply and communicate those experiences to the viewer. I consciously pay attention to the noises, smells, and changes in light and temperature of a place, which allows me to be swept up in the environment.

Several of the paintings in this exhibition were done on site and in quick, spontaneous bursts of excitement and passion. They serve as recordings of my time spent in the woods: palaces where time was well spent, places that have helped me discover something about life. Often these paintings serve as studies for more compulsive detailed studio paintings, some of which are also featured in this exhibition.

The larger paintings focus on the more elemental side of nature. I search for moments when the landscape is in a state of flux or transformation, and then paint from life and from photographs to express these moments poetically. My paintings convey nature at very unique or unusual moments, thus capturing the spirit of a place.     -Kevin Muente


Storm over Sable Pass, Denali National Park   30″ x 40″   Oil on canvas



Sunrise, Lake Crescent Olympic Park   12″ x 24″   Oil on canvas


Kevin Muente received his BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1994 and his MFA from the University of Cincinnati in 1999. While working for nationally-known mural artist Timothy Haglund, he assisted in the production of murals at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee, the Johnson Wax Worldwide Headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, and at several private residences. He has exhibited paintings in various national juried competitions and is currently represented by several reputable galleries world wide. This is his first solo exhibition with Marta Hewett Gallery. He a has garnered several awards and honors including the Kentucky Arts Council’s Al Smith individual Artists Fellowship, as well as the Cincinnati Summerfair Aid to Individual Artists Grants. Muente has won several artist residencies at Denali National Park and Preserve, the Wrangell Mountain Center in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, both in Alaska, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and Wildacres in North Carolina. His work is in several public and private collections. Muente has previously taught at the Milwaukee Art Museum and Missouri Western Sate University. He currently teaches art at Northern Kentucky University achieving the rank of full professor.



Cedric Cox

Cedric Michael Cox is best known for his paintings and drawings, which fall between surrealism and representational abstraction. His work expresses themes ranging from mythical literature to the relationships between the physical body, musical allegories, and natural and man-made landscapes.

As a student at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture Art and Planning, Cox was awarded a fellowship to study at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. After receiving his BFA in Painting in 1999, he began to exhibit locally and regionally.

Cox also has had solo exhibits at the Contemporary Arts Center, the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, PAC Gallery, and Weston Gallery in  the Aronoff Center for the Arts. In support of his efforts in the visual arts and art education communities, the City of Cincinnati awarded Cox the Individual Artist Grant in 2009. He received a Congressional Award in 2010.


Street Rhythms

Mark Peiser Biography

Since 1967 when Mark Peiser became involved with the Studio Glass Movement he has been recognized for his uniquely individualized approaches and accomplishments. Peiser’s continual investigation of the expressive implications of glass properties and processes have led to distinctive bodies of work such as The Opaque Image Vessels, Paperweight Vase Series, The Innerspace Series, The Forms of Consciousness and most recently The Cold Stream Cast Vessels.

Mark Peiser lives and works in Penland, NC. He is a founder of the Glass Art Society of which he is now an Honorary Lifetime Member. His work is included in many public and private collections throughout the world.

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Raymond Papka: A Calulated Artist of Science

When one looks into the beautifully unexpected and intricate art of Raymond Papka, there is no doubt that it is derived from the science in his own life. With a degree in chemistry, Raymonds’s incredibly unique assemblages of paint and embellishments elude to a technical and scientific narrative.

This art is created by use of physical and visual systems. The artist uses everyday discarded objects to arrange and create his art. This process has also turned into his alteration of books which consists of a process where he cuts tears, glues, burns, folds, paints, adds to, collages, rebinds, gold-leafs, creates pop-ups, drills, and bolts. The book is manipulated until it becomes a 3-dimentional work of art. Beyond books, Raymond also engages in Enthusiastic Painting. This is a variation of an incredibly ancient painting technique where beeswax is melted with resin and color pigments are added. Once the wax hardens, it is fused with fire and brilliant and beautiful work begins.

Raymond is not so concerned with his viewer completely understanding his art as he is with them questioning what is going on. The mantra of his Artist’s Statement is that the only thing constant is change. As artists and Art enthusiasts, change can be different for us all. He has a fresh and modern theme in and behind his work that gives him a realistic outlook and enables him to look forward and perpetuate his work into interesting and wonderful places.

Raymond Papka

Raymond Papka

Raymond Papka

Raymond Papka

Raymond Papka

Raymond Papka

Raymond Papka

Raymond Papka

Frank Herrmann: Theories and Works

Narrative, words, journey and process: they are words that are in almost every artist’s vocabulary, yet they have a personal and unique meaning to each individual who values them. As a 20th and now 21st century artist, Frank Herrmann has his own passionate context for those words, along with many others. His creative journey is continuously influenced by Rembrandt’s 17th century Europe. Although they are from different times and their painting processes are incredibly diverse, Herrmann more identifies with the inspirational mentalities of this past era. The most exciting part of his painting journey is that which has yet to be created. As with Rembrandt, there is a lure into that of the unseen and a suspense of what is on the other side of the easel which Herrmann speaks passionately about in his artist’s statement:

“Rembrandt’s The Painter in His Studio, while providing a self-portrait of the great painter, wordlessly conveys a description of the creative process itself. The viewer is deprived access to the artist’s work- in -progress—and Rembrandt delivers the lesson. We are invited to speculate, not only on the subject of the artist’s painting, but also on the artist’s role as a conduit and filter for ideas and concepts, facts and visions. The physical painting is a portrait. What I find more compelling, however, is the promise of the painting Rembrandt conceals from us. The Painter in His Studio has always held meaning for me as the artist’s comment on the synergy between subject and artist—between the viewer and the viewed. “Studio” serves as a metaphor for what I see as the process and –just as importantly—the promise of a painted work.”

Herrmann’s paintings are nothing sort of being aesthetically inviting. He uses color and shape to create an abstract, layered space that not only suggest a narrative, but creates such depth that the viewer may almost feel that they can walk into the work. When looking at his paintings, the viewer’s eyes will be stimulated by multiple outstanding main aspects. Being influenced by oceanic art, Herrmann will utilize simple pattern, line, and color theory to create a depth that feels real. Conflicting shades and shapes have an ironic harmony that truly completes his paintings.

"Yupmakcain Terrain IV" dimensions: 84"h x 78"w material: acrylic, Mimika, Yamate shield rubbings on canvas

“Yupmakcain Terrain IV”
dimensions: 84″h x 78″w
material: acrylic, Mimika, Yamate shield rubbings on canvas

dimensions: 72"h x 58"w material: acrylic on canvas

“Nohunta” dimensions: 72″h x 58″w
material: acrylic on canvas

dimensions: 8h x 5.5w material: drawing

“Motif Sky 13” dimensions: 8h x 5.5w
material: drawing

dimensions: 84"h x 80"w material: acrylic on canvas

“Thinking: Fertile Map” dimensions: 84″h x 80″w
material: acrylic on canvas

Kevin Cole: Works and Atlanta Airport Commission

At eleven years of age, Kevin Cole began winning awards and gaining recognition for his unique and thought provoking art. Since then, he has been on a journey as colorful as the art that he creates.

Based in Fairborn, Georgia, Kevin Cole has been in the art business for over 25 years. Along with The Marta Hewett Gallery, his long resume includes prestigious institutions such as the Yale University Gallery, Phillips Collection, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Recently he has been awarded a large commission for the Atlanta airport which is currently in production. Located in the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal, the installation named “Double Vision,” is 50 feet long, 6 feet high and 1.5 feet deep.

The energy and life in his work are greatly influenced by his professor and close friend, local Cincinnati artist Tarrence Corbin. Underlying themes in his creations all revolve around the general concept of the spiritual journey through life, and are conveyed by the use vivid color and shape. Although the actual images in his work may be personally significant to Cole, he wants the viewer to be drawn in by the spirit of the work and relate it to their own experiences. He feels his art will speak to anyone who has an open mind to hear it.

Double Vision Commission

Double Vision Commission

Double Vision Commission

Double Vision Commission