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The Portlock Black Cultural Center, 101 McCartney Street, is exhibiting the work of Williams Hudders, visiting part-time instructor of art, through Friday, Jan. 20. He will give a brown bag talk at the center 12:15-1 p.m. Tuesday; drinks and dessert will be provided.

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Hudders earned his master’s of fine arts degree from University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and his bachelor’s of fine arts from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. He has taught classes in drawing, painting, and art of design at all levels at Seton Hall, Moravian College, and Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy.

He has had several one-person shows of his paintings in New York City and elsewhere and has had his work favorably reviewed in The New York Times and New York Observer. His work is represented by Tatistcheff Gallery in New York City and Beauregard Fine Art in Rumson, N.J.

“To paint from life is for me to investigate the nature of appearances,” he says. “What I am trying to create are not really representational images but rather an interpretation of what I see filtered through the medium of paint. The act of translating visual information is the process that I find the most rewarding and stimulating in regard to making a successful painting. While I am most interested in a realistic depiction of objects and landscapes, the behavior of the paint on the canvas and the balance of light are generally the more elusive elements. The result is a collaboration of my painting combined with the surrounding visual stimulus; the painting is a record of the process of painting and also a symbol of that collaboration.”

The exhibit was organized by the Office of Intercultural Development. The Portlock Black Cultural Center Gallery is open 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. weekdays or by appointment. For more information, call x5698.

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