Museum exhibit looks at country, city

“Marsh, Columbia, New Jersey” by Louis Louis Finkelstein (1988, oil, 54 inches by 54 inches) is part of “Rough and Tumble,” on exhibit from May 19 through Aug. 5 at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University.

“Marsh, Columbia, New Jersey” by Louis Finkelstein (1988, oil, 54 inches by 54 inches) is part of “Rough and Tumble,” on exhibit through Aug. 5 at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University.

The exploration of urban versus rural environments is the focus of a new exhibit at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University.

“Rough and Tumble: Landscapes and Cityscapes” will run through Friday, Aug. 5. Comprising pieces in WCU’s permanent collection, the exhibit features works in a variety of media that depict the natural and unnatural. Artists include Fumio Fujita, Quita Brodhead, Richard Florsheim, Martha Armstrong, Louis Finkelstein and more.

The exhibit also includes Fumio Fujita's "Early Spring."

The “Rough and Tumble” exhibit also includes Fumio Fujita’s “Early Spring.”

“This exhibit celebrates a dichotomy that we all experience,” said Denise Drury, interim director of WCU’s Fine Art Museum. “One might say you can’t be in two places at once, but you will get a taste of both urban and rural at this exhibition.”

Also on display at the museum is “Boundless: Selections from the Book Arts Collection,” through Friday, June 24. “Boundless” explores a wide variety of formats and structures of the “artist book,” a synthesis of form and content that provides a bridge between the traditional book and contemporary art. This exhibit features a variety of artists, including noted book artists such as Joni Mabe and Dieter Roth as well unique books by photographers, sculptors and painters such as Ed Ruscha. Visitors are encouraged to handle a select grouping of tactile books where a viewer’s actions are required to complete the aesthetic idea.

The Fine Art Museum’s hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information about the Fine Art Museum, contact Drury at 828-227-3591 or ddrury@wcu.edu. Visit the museum online at fineartmuseum.wcu.edu.