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April 3rd, 2009
Al Gury Book Signing and Portrait Painting Demonstration

Fleisher Art Memorial is pleased to host acclaimed artist and teacher Al Gury, who will give a live painting demonstration followed by a signing of his recently published book Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting. As Mr. Gury paints, he will address details of portraiture, including an analysis of the structure of the head and face, instructions for create a color palette, and an overview of methods for applying pigment. At the end of the evening, his newly created painting, as well as a companion figure painting, will be sold by live auction to support Fleisher programs.

“We are thrilled that Al Gury will be headlining this unique event at Fleisher. This is a great opportunity for people to share in the creative process of one of our most beloved faculty members and one the region’s most admired artists,” says Fleisher’s Executive Director Matthew Braun. Mr. Gury has been a member of Fleisher’s faculty for over twenty-five years, most recently as the instructor of Anatomy for Artists. His work has been exhibited at the National Academy of Design, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Capitol Building in Washington D.C., Washington and Lee University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Painted Bride Art Center, and at F.A.N. Gallery, which represents him. He is the Chair of the Painting Department of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. Tickets cost $20 for general seating and $15 for members. To purchase tickets, please visit

About Fleisher Art Memorial

The mission of the Fleisher Art Memorial is to make art accessible to everyone, regardless of economic means, background or artistic experience. Founded by an industrialist who believed the future of democratic society hinged on the ability of all people to make and enjoy art together, the organization has focused on reducing barriers to participation in the arts since 1898. Fleisher is a vital educational resource that includes instruction in the visual arts, a vibrant exhibitions program, and youth outreach programming at public schools and community centers throughout Philadelphia. Visit to learn more.

Fleisher exhibition programs are supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

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