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Thayer + Thayer

March 23, 2009

An exhibition of stunning works by two well-known Michigan artists, Russell and Nancy Thayer, will be on display at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum. “Thayer + Thayer, Paintings + Sculpture,” opens Saturday, Feb. 7.

A reception to meet the artists will be held at the Museum Saturday, Feb. 14 from 2 to 5 p.m.  Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 989-964-7082.

“During my many years of teaching at Delta College (1966-1999) I was pleased to get to know many of the art faculty at Saginaw Valley State University, and so it is a particular pleasure to exhibit at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at SVSU,” Russell Thayer said.

Of Russell’s work in the exhibit Becky Hart, associate curator at the James P. Duffy Department of Contemporary Art at The Detroit Institute of Arts, writes in the exhibition catalogue, “Although there is not a steady trajectory from figural works of the 1960s to the architecturally scaled gates of the past thirty years, one senses an ongoing development: earlier works record the artist as an observer and commentator while more recent works show him inviting his audience to be an experiential participant walking through a passage or using it for personal rituals or spiritual contemplation.”

Nancy Thayer, a Saginaw resident from 1973 - 1978, co-owned a gallery with renowned arts patron Patricia Shek and was on the Board of Directors of the Saginaw Art Museum.  In a recent interview Nancy said, “It is very special for me and Russell to have an exhibit at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum.  We knew Marshall Fredericks for many years, attended the same church in Birmingham (Mich.) and always enjoyed our conversations with him.  He was a lovely, kind and gracious gentleman.  His work expresses his love of that which is spiritual.”

Nancy’s new body of work for this exhibition, Elevated Atmosphere, is comprised of eight large paintings on canvas and four studies on tar paper.  All of the work was created in 2008.

“Both Nancy and Russell have had numerous one-person exhibitions throughout their long and rich careers. Having the work of both artists exhibited together in the Thayer + Thayer, Paintings + Sculpture exhibition at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is very satisfying,” said Museum Director Marilyn Wheaton.

In addition to their exhibition, Russell and Nancy will lecture about their art at the Museum Thursday, April 2 at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

Both lectures are free and open to the public.

The exhibition runs through May 29, 2009.  For more information, call (989) 964-7125 or visit the Museum’s website at