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‘Through the Eyes of Wendell M. Upchurch’


February 28, 2012

PORT JERVIS, NY — Look “Through the Eyes of Wendell M. Upchurch” on March 3 at the UpFront Exhibition Space. This is the most complete series of Upchurch’s eccentric paintings ever shown in the Northeast. The works will be displayed from 12 noon to 9 p.m. with a reception from 3 to 7 p.m.

Upfront has acquired the rights to this complete collection and will offer the art for sale. Most have been stored away and not seen since his death 12 years ago.

Upchurch painted people in shadows, demons, freaks and wild animals. Most of the demons are Wendell himself. His other works include nudes, landscapes, still-life, portraits and paintings with a southwestern flair. He created with acrylic, oil, pencil and pastels on canvas, cloth, burlap, board and paper.

Not all of his art will be shown in this exhibition, but it will be featured at a newly created “Upchurch” room at UpFront Exhibition Space.

The gallery will be open on weekends from 12 noon to 5 p.m. ending on Saturday March 24. Other viewings can be made by appointment; call 845/856-2727. UpFront Exhibition Space is located at 31 Jersey Avenue, Port Jervis.