Tuesday, October 1 at 5:00 pm

Artist Reception

Artist of the Month:

The collages of Rudy Hoeltzel celebrate intrinsic and material abundance by juxtaposing organic objects, shapes and patterns recurring throughout nature with their echoed presence in machinery as well as manufactured goods. These artworks, created in the early 1960s, reflect the prosperity and optimism of the Kennedy Presidency’s Camelot days and the decade’s stock market boom. Born during The Great Depression, Rudy took an early cautious approach to his academic career with an engineering major, but was soon motivated by the Eisenhower administration’s buoyant expectations for the future and changed direction to study English and Business. He ultimately launched a successful marketing career, arriving in New York City just as the “Mad Men” era was revolutionizing the advertising industry. One can see the influence of artists Salvador Dali and Robert Rauschenberg in the structured pieces. They are evocative of the exuberance of the Pop-Art movement and artists such as James Rosenquist and Tom Wesslemann from this period, with vibrant hues and forms melding together, fluidly blending tradition with innovation. Rudy’s unique perspective, rigorous nature and zest for life are reflected throughout the compositions. He is well known to the Stockbridge Library community for his tireless efforts to expand the Library’s annual Book Sale into the success it is today.

The exhibit is to honor him on the 5th anniversary of his passing.  Born Sept. 10, 1935 – Died Oct. 24, 2014.

Join us for a reception on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in the main lobby of The Stockbridge Library.


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