Local artist Olaf Sorenson featured in Hyatt gallery

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Local artist Olaf Sorensen may be in retirement professionally, but his artwork is nowhere near the end of its career.

The Hyatt Regency in downtown Greenville is featuring a new display of artwork by Sorensen in the gallery at Studio 220. The event space is in NOMA Square, and the Hyatt uses the studio to showcase work by artists from the Greenville community.

The hotel is hosting a reception on Jan. 15 that is open to anyone who would like to view the artwork and meet the artist.

Sorensen constructs the paintings’ canvasses himself, nailing wooden pieces together in 3-D shapes, before stretching the canvas across. The multidimensional theme continues in the paintings themselves as the artist paints over glued folds of canvas, giving the impression of flowing fabric.

He describes his art as musical, with the lines, curves and contrasting colors representing melodies and harmonies. Just as different instruments complement the overall sound of an orchestra, the different details of the paintings work together to contribute to the totality of the musical theme, he says.

Heather Meadors, director of community relations for JHM Hotels, said the Hyatt features several different artists throughout the year, but will leave Sorensen’s paintings on display until the summer.

“A lot of the time we get recommendations from other artists we’ve worked with,” Meadors said, referencing how she came to find Sorensen’s work.

Sorensen is a retired professor emeritus at Furman University, where he taught art classes for 29 years. He said he hopes that whoever observes his paintings will feel some of the excitement that he felt as he created them.


SO YOU KNOW // 

WHAT: Hyatt Regency Studio 220 reception features local Greenville artist Olaf Sorensen’s work and offers chance to meet the artist

WHEN: Jan. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Hyatt Regency Studio 220, 220 N. Main St., Greenville

COST: Free

MORE INFO: olofsorensenart.com

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