First Posted: 12/15/2014
The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University will present the works of Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist Joan Miró in the exhibit, “Fantastic Universe: Fusing Fantasy and Reality.” The exhibit is presented in memory of the late Abstract Expressionist Artist Sandra Dyczewski Maffei and will be on display Jan. 24 through March 7.
The photography exhibit, “Morrell Devlin: Photography – Frozen Flowers,” will be displayed in the adjacent MacDonald Gallery. The opening reception for the exhibits will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 . The exhibits and reception are free and open to the public.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Born April 20, 1893 in Barcelona, Spain, Miró is internationally noted as one of the most talented Surrealist painters and one who has a fondness for abstractionism. Along with Andre Masson, Miró is seen as one of the more original, productive and gifted disciples of the abstract, autonomist branch of Surrealism.
Born in 1955 and raised in Tamaqua, published photographer Devlin has always had a personal passion for photography and picked up his first camera in high school. In 1973, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he worked with the American Forces Radio and Television division as a photojournalist and medical photographer. Following his Army tour, he worked selling television advertising for an independent station in Reading and then for 21 years at WBRE, the local NBC affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, where he worked in both sales and management. He then began his own advertising agency, MoJo Marketing, where he continues to work today.
As his photography evolved, he began experimenting with different subjects. In the Army, a variety of avenues helped hone his skills of the art form. One job in particular laid the groundwork for much of the technical skills he uses today. He spent a number of years at a military hospital in Frankfurt, Germany, assisting as a medical photographer that included assignments photographing autopsies. This laid important groundwork for honing his skills using a photoflash and macro-photography.
Devlin began to be drawn to one of his other passions, raising tropical fish. He enjoyed taking their photographs and created a website, Aquamojo.com, where he has posted photographs for the past 30 years. His aquatic photos have been published in numerous publications such as Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Amazonas Magazine and National Geographic. On the Internet, he is known internationally for his photographic contribution to the hobby.
Growing up, Devlin watched his father photograph his collection of cactus and succulents. The current “Frozen Flowers” project actually started with an idea to freeze an old Seiko watch and call it “Freezing Time.” At the time, he also froze a single rose in his wife’s flower vase. The vase froze and broke, leaving him with a column of ice with the rose frozen and an upset wife.
Devlin used a Nikon D810 with 50mm macro lens for all of the shots in “Frozen Flowers.” The collection of photos that will be shown at Misericordia is a sampling of the more than 1,500 images in his “Frozen Flowers” gallery.
Devlin and his wife, Lisa, live in Dallas. He has three children and five grandchildren.