"Landscapes: Highways and Industry," an exhibit of paintings by Maryland artist Duane Lutsko is on display daily at the Majestic Theater's art gallery through Aug. 28.

A public reception celebrating the exhibit featuring a meet and greet with Lutsko will be held First Friday, July 6, 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg.

Evoking the contrast of technology and industry against natural landscapes, Lutsko's work explores the visual impact of the Rust Belt region and asks the viewer to consider scenes typically overlooked by society while contemplating times past.

Lutsko's realistic and colorful paintings feature construction scenes, industrial plants, metal girders and overpasses, and rust, simultaneously evoking beauty while honoring the realism of the scenes at hand.

Lutsko and his work came to the Majestic by way of local arts expert Larry Knutson of Americas' Arts LLC who has coordinated past exhibits at the Majestic Theater. Lutsko recently commented he was thrilled to make the connection to the historic performance space.

"So much of my work, I feel, is about the history of this region, particularly the Rust Belt," he explained "It's a real nice match being able to exhibit my work in a space like this."

Lutsko currently teaches painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and taught art for 25 years in Baltimore County Public schools. He has an MFA from Brooklyn College and received a Fulbright Fellowship for study abroad in Florence, Italy. His other awards include a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant and a Vermont Studio Center Residence Grant. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and his paintings have been reviewed in several publications.

The public is invited to attend the First Friday reception for "Landscapes: Highways and Industry" on Friday, July 6, 5:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theater art gallery, 25 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg. The exhibit is also open daily during regular box office hours, Monday through Saturday, 12 - 7 p.m. and Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Admission is free. Metered parking is available at the parking garage in Race Horse Alley as well as along Carlisle Street.

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