Executive Director of MCMA Sally Macaulay said, “This Saturday, we will open one of the most interesting shows we have had, in my opinion, since I started working here five years ago.”
Macaulay set the wheels in motion for the exhibit after learning about the connection between the artists. She discovered from Steve Penley that he sold his first painting to lawyer Bob Steed of the Atlanta firm of King & Spalding. Steed purchased the painting off a wall in a restaurant where Penley was working.
Macaulay contacted Steed who invited her to lunch with him at King & Spalding and subsequently for dinner at his home where she met his wife, Lu Steed.
While at King & Spalding, Macaulay viewed artwork from all over the world that lined the firm’s walls including those of pop artist Penley, contemporary realist Lu Steed and Ross Rossin.
“(The law firm) looked like a museum within itself,” Macaulay said.
The works of Bulgarian-born American Rossin, who is a world-renowned hyperrealist portrait artist, particularly intrigued Macaulay.
“His work was the best photorealism I had ever seen. If you didn’t know it was an oil painting you would swear you were viewing an extremely large photograph,” Macaulay said.
“I immediately called Rossin, whose assistant informed me that he didn’t exhibit at museums. I was really devastated, but I would not give up,” she said.
Macaulay started a conversation with Steed about getting Rossin to exhibit at MCMA. Steed suggested putting together a joint exhibit with these three artists because they had been friends since they started in the business.
“Everyone agreed,” Macaulay said. “Everyone that comes, I am sure, will be blown away by the talent of these three artists. Rossin with his fabulous oil paintings in the photorealist style; Penley with his beautiful acrylics and loose brush style; and Lu Steed, who is well known for her diverse subject matter done with acrylics as well as mixed media,” Macaulay said.
Equally talented artists Alexi Butirskiy and Edward Gordon who also create photorealistic paintings, with architecture-type subject matter will be showing in the Mezzanine Galleries.
The opening is Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
The museum is at 30 Atlanta St., Marietta. Artists will be on hand to introduce themselves and speak about their paintings. Visit mariettacobbartmuseum.org or call (770) 528-1444.