Houghton to Host Art Opening & Reception

Billy T —  Monday, January 13, 2014

HOUGHTON NY, January 10, 2014 – Brothers Ron and John (Jack) Leax will present a collaboration of their work in the Ortlip Art Gallery in the Center for the Arts at Houghton College. The show, entitled Word/Image, will open with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Ron is a sculptor and professor; Jack is a poet, and served as professor of writing and literature at Houghton College for many years.  Word/Image will blend the two disciplines to form a thought-provoking exhibition.

Houghton Professor Emeritus, Jack Leax was for many years poet-in-residence at Houghton College and taught from 1968 to 2009. His poems have been published widely in anthologies and periodicals. His previous collections of poetry include Reaching into Silence (1974), The Task of Adam (1985), Country Labors (1991), Tabloid News (2005) and Recluse Freedom (2012).  Remembering Jesus, his newest collection, is forthcoming from Cascade Press.

Image, a quarterly literary journal, describes Jack as, “a poet and creative nonfiction writer whose writing has many moods, from irony so dry you could towel off with it to a deep, almost Franciscan sense of nature as guide to the soul. Whether he is writing about being out for a walk in the hills of upstate New York or penning hilariously bizarre poems that riff on the subconscious fantasies embedded in the tabloids, Leax is always a keen observer and a deft commentator.”

Ron is a sculpture artist and Halsey C. Ives professor of art and 3D design at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. After completing his bachelor’s degree at Brown University, he received his master of fine arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Among other awards, in 2008 he received the College Art Association’s 2008 Distinguished Teaching of Art award. His exhibition record is extensive, and he has received grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Michigan Council for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Commission, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Ron’s work can be appreciated by artists, scientists and theologians alike. St. Louis’s Riverfront Times states, “Leax’s works are marked by an obsession with scientific and religious transubstantiation.” In fact, much of his work includes items found in a laboratory: petri dishes, beakers and periodic tables.

The exhibit will be open through March 13.  Visitors may browse the gallery from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday

through Saturday. For more information, visit www.houghton.edu/ortlipgallery.