Michael Sickler, recently published author and internationally known lecturer and painter, will do a reading and slide presentation at Delavan Art Gallery Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. The National League of American Pen Women, Central New York Branch, sponsors the event.
The author of three chapbooks, Sickler will read from his newest one, The Eye of Language, described as a collection of "fine-edged, insightful poems that tell the story within the story as the inner lives of painters from the impressionistic era are exposed, and the sentimentality often found in poems about great artists is given new life." In praise of Sickler's latest book, fellow colleague Philip Memmer, director of the Syracuse Writer's group writes, "From Cezanne to Picasso, Renoir to Matisse, Michael Sickler shows us the Great Masters and their subjects--sometimes in torchlight, sometimes under the starkness of a bare bulb." Yolanda Tooley, a member of Pen Women and also a noted artist with international recognition, illustrated the cover of Sickler's book.
Beyond creating visual images in reading aloud his written words, Sickler will also show approximately 20 slides of his works as a painter.
For thirty-five years, Sickler has been a professor of Art and Art History at Syracuse University where he has served as Chair of the Studio Art Department. As an artist, he has shown internationally in London, England, Florence, Italy and throughout the United States. As lecturer, he has presented in England, Italy and Poland and has curated exhibitions locally in Syracuse and in Milwaukee, WI. His most recent curated show, "Collage +," one in which he also exhibited, was in the Joseph Scala Gallery in New Woodstock.
Sickler, an associate editor of the Comstock Review, is widely known for his readings in galleries, museums, and bookstores and in writing centers locally and regionally.