Opera House Presents David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Art; Program to Feature Profile of Local Artist

Opera House Presents <em>David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Art</em>;  Program to Feature Profile of Local Artist

FREDONIA – The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Art, an examination of two recent exhibitions by the 80-year-old artist, on Thurs., Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series.  Additionally, local ceramic artist Marcia Merrins will exhibit her unique and creative work in the Village Hall lobby before and during the show; and the short documentary, Moods, Mountains and Masterpieces. A Portrait of an Artist. Marcia Merrins., by Roslin Smith, will be screened at the start of the evening’s program.

Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide.

Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing production focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London. Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to the exhibitions to craft this high definition, cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity.

To celebrate local artists, the Opera House partnered with members of the North Shore Arts Alliance to feature Merrins’ works in the Opera House lobby from 6:30-7:30 p.m., immediately prior to the screening of David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Art.   The documentary that will be screened at the start of the program, is one of three profiles of local artists produced by Smith, an award-winning filmmaker and associate professor of film at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Individual tickets to David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Art are $15, ($10 students).  A special Live in HD Series flexible subscription of eight tickets that can be used however you want – one at a time to eight different events, all at once for eight people, or anything in between – is $116.   Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org.

The Art & Architecture Series is sponsored by Fredonia Place.  Support also comes from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County and the Arts Services Initiative of WNY’s Give for Greatness program.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia.  For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.

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