Two diverse artists opening shows at Roxbury Arts Group on Saturday

Roxbury —Two artists with very different backgrounds and approaches to putting brush to canvas will have exhibits at The Roxbury Arts Groups’ galleries with opening receptions on Saturday, May 23 from 2 to 4 p.m.
“Cityscapes: As Seen Through the Eyes of Lubomir Thomas Kralicek (Lubo)” will be at The Walt Meade Gallery at The Roxbury Arts Center on Vega Mountain Road, and “Painting Light: Capturing the Moment,” landscapes and interiors by Doug Jamieson will be at The Roxbury Arts Group’s Old Bank Gallery. Both exhibitions will be on view through July 11.
Lubo Kralicek crashed through electrified barbed wire in 1961 to escape Czechoslovakia because he was not permitted to paint. Trained as a painter at Masaryk University in Brno, he arrived in New York City in 1962 through a refugee group, met his wife Libuse, and began capturing his new surroundings in a series of paintings. However, in order to sustain himself and his family, he turned to the restoration of artwork, and became very successful at this work. He estimates that he has restored over 6,000 pieces of art.
In 1987, the family moved to Roxbury and bought a small country house on Hardscrabble Road, where Lubo continued to paint and to work as a restoration specialist.
Although he has created magnificent landscapes in his time here, this exhibit will feature the New York cityscapes that poignantly reflect a bygone time in the place that welcomed a brave young émigré who found there the freedom for which he had fought so dearly.
On Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m., Dr. Miro Burjetka, a lifelong friend of the artist, will offer a “Salute to Lubo” in the Walt Meade Gallery. This talk is free and open to the public.
Doug Jamieson’s work is all about light He now lives in Treadwell and says “My home in the western Catskills provides an endless range of shifting colors, light and moods. To capture the particular light I return to the same scene at the same time of day.    
My interest is not in the grand vista but rather in exploring beauty in the commonplace, the familiar brought to light, the intimate view, and the moment captured.  My subjects often come from looking out my windows, walking down a road, riding in my car, sitting in a restaurant or my home.”  
Doug Jamieson’s etchings, watercolors, oils, and drawings are exhibited in galleries, art societies, colleges, and museums, and are in collections throughout the U.S.
He received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and is the author of the book, “Draw from Your Head: A Step by Step System of Drawing the Human Figure.” 
The Walt Meade Gallery is at 5025 Vega Mountain Road in Roxbury. The Old Bank Gallery is at 53484 State Route 30, also in Roxbury. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by appointment. Call 607 326-7908.