Tuesday, August 4, 2009

PRESS RELEASE: Open Studio and Glenfiddich single malt scotch

M P Landis
Summer Studio Opening and Complimentary Whisky Tasting
Saturday, August 8, 6-9 pm
32 Merchants Row, Middlebury, VT

Join Brooklyn-based artist M P Landis in his summer studio in downtown Middlebury on Saturday, August 8 from 6-9 pm for a complimentary evening tasting of Glenfiddich single malt scotch, and a preview of his artwork which will soon be traveling to the distillery's gallery in Dufftown, Scotland. Landis is currently Glenfiddich's Artist-in-residence. The tasting will be hosted by Glenfiddich Whisky Master, Heather Greene and will take place at his studio at 32 Merchants Row, Middlebury, VT, in the historic Battell Block Building across from the town green. This summer Landis's artwork has been inspired by the process of making whiskey. He had two sets of cask hoops from the Dufftown distillery sent to him; he has been using these cask hoops to make abstracted works. Landis is paying homage to the distillery and its processes, from the coopering of the casks to the decades of aging of the whisky itself. In addition to his upcoming exhibit in Scotland, there will be a solo exhibition of his Glenfiddich work this fall in NYC. Landis will have work in Middlebury's August Art Walk at the Stone Leaf Teahouse and a solo exhibit in September at the Gallery at 85 North Street in Bristol, VT. Landis was awarded Glenfiddich's prestigious artist residency for 2009, and was to have spent the summer on the grounds of the distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. However, due to changing UK visa requirements for artists (for more info about that, go to http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article6418997.ece) he was detained at Heathrow and denied entry to the UK. Family connections have brought him to the Middlebury area through August. Landis lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His current work is a palimpsest of process, materials and experience. He regularly exhibits in the US and abroad. His work is represented in many private and public collections, including the New York Public Library, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

For more information about the artist, visit Landis's website at www.mplandis.com. You can also contact Sarah English at seenglish@gmail.com or 917-755-8760.