Myron Barnstone Exhibit: Opening Reception


This reception is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

The exhibit will be on display from September 6 through October 19 and is an immersive journey inside the work of a complicated, many-faceted man who surrendered a promising career as a distinguished painter to devote his life to teaching the next generation of artists.

In 1967, the late Myron Barnstone was the toast of Paris. “The Survivors” exhibit, with his passionate and haunting anti-war paintings and drawings, was extended several weeks at the Catacombs of the American Church in Paris. A classically trained artist himself, Barnstone first studied at the Boston School of Art and then the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Cambridge in England. He was growing increasingly frustrated that contemporary art schools abandoned the disciplined instruction of geometric design dubbed The Golden Section in favor of “what felt good.”

Despite his early acclaim, Barnstone made the decision to stop painting, and teach others the tools and techniques that were the foundation of his own success. Because he never wanted his work to unduly influence his students’ artistic vision, Barnstone burned hundreds of his own pieces and locked away another 500. His work would remain hidden, packed in crates until after his death in 2016 at the age of 83.

Charter Arts' Director of Visual Art, Lorie Reinhard, and faculty member, Roger Brinker, who were former students of Barnstone at Barnstone Studios which was located in Coplay for 35 years, traveled to the studio's new location in Thurmont, Maryland to select the 38 original works that will be on display in this exhibit.