The Saint Vincent Gallery will present an exhibit of oil paintings, “Mountains, Gardens, and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,” from Thursday, September 28 to Sunday, November 5.
An opening reception with the artist will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 28, in the Gallery. Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
Walter C. Labys retired after a successful career as a university professor and international economist. His interest in painting began before he graduated from the former Saint Vincent Preparatory School in 1955. Working in the early mornings for a relative who had a professional house painting crew, Labys would prepare paints by mixing base colors and glazes with white lead. He was also intrigued by the cartons of paints and canvases his mother regularly sent to her uncle in Poland and the many paintings of his which she received in return.
Labys paints not only because of his obsession with color rhythms but also because of his need to express beauty in a complex world. In the end, Labys paints because the colors make him happy, and he hopes that viewers of his works might have some fun, too. His portrayal of the “summer season” with jungle friends and the “little prince” certainly have been a hit with his grandchildren!
The Saint Vincent Gallery is located on the third floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the Saint Vincent campus. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. The Gallery is closed Mondays. For more information, contact Brother Bernard Cline, O.S.B., administrative director, at 724-805-2107.