Live Smoke on View at Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Gallery

August 23, 2007

Live Smoke, an exhibition of paintings by internationally acclaimed artist Matthew Lively will be on view in Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery August 27–September 21.

Lively describes the works in the exhibit “com[ing] from my being increasingly aware of the damage our consumer-driven society has on our environment. I find myself unwillingly concerned and yet guilty because of my reliance on the products (and the damage-causing production methods) that make my life easier. My guilt itself is manufactured when news media causes me to observe the world from the point of view that is written,created, packaged and presented to sell the very products that cause some of the environmental problems. Lured into seeing the world as a dirty place, the paintings are my personal product-units that represent a beautiful world through the eyes of a guilty resident.”

A Richmond artist, Lively earned his BFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has exhibited work across North America, including: Tiss Gallery in Toronto, Canada; Hunter Museum of America in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Artspace Gallery in Richmond, Virginia; Peabody Fine Art Gallery in Cupertino, California; and Turning Point Gallery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. To learn more about the artist, visit

A reception for Lively will be held Monday, September 3 at 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. during the college’s academic year.