REDLANDS, Calif.– Dennis Hare, a former athlete turned artist, has become a powerful force
in the art scene thanks to his strong and poignant pieces. Hare, a nationally
acclaimed artist, will be one of six artists featured during the fifth
annual “Evening with the Artists” hosted by the Redlands Community
Hospital Foundation on Friday, April 19.
“Today I believe we live in a world where art has become a slick,
saccharine corporate style of beauty that desensitizes society,”
says Hare. “I create art that is a direct contrast to this style.”
Hare’s productive career has spanned 33 years with his early figurative
work catapulting him to success in the 1980s. In 1989 he was chosen as
the featured artist of the year at the legendary Charles Campbell Gallery
in San Francisco and he remained with the gallery for over a decade.
Hare feels his work has a soul and beauty of things simple, imperfect,
impermanent, incomplete, and unconventional.
“It is the beauty of things humble and modest, where corrosion and
age make the expression richer,” he explains. “My work is
made of materials that are visibly vulnerable to the effects of weathering
and human treatment. The record of the sun, wind, rain, heat, and cold
create a language of authenticity. Rust, tarnish, stain, warping, shrinking,
and cracking are my pallet. I try to be fearless when creating.”
“I know a piece is complete when I feel a deep spiritual connection
with it. It is not so much what a piece says, but how it feels,”
says Hare. “I am satisfied when my work has strength of richness
that beckons the senses and engages the viewer to relate and think of
Hare is active in California art galleries and his work can be viewed at
Westbrook Galleries, Art Cube, and the Donna Seager Gallery. He has been
featured in dozens of solo and group exhibitions across the country and
Hare joins regional artists Darlene Katz, Anthony Radcliffe, Penny Fedorchak,
Hanna Adler, and Ray Nordwall at the annual “Evening of the Artists”
event. Hare’s artwork will be available for purchase at the Stan
and Ellen Weisser Education Pavilion located on the Redlands Community
Hospital campus from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19. Proceeds
will benefit the Redlands Community Hospital Foundation’s Art Fund.
Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the evening’s
elegant event. Tickets are $20.
The Redlands Community Hospital Foundation’s Art Program began in
1978, and today, exhibits a growing collection of more than 750 works
of original art on the walls of the hospital promoting the idea that the
visual arts and the healing arts go hand in hand.
For more information on the “Evening with the Artists” event
or to RSVP, please call (909) 335-5500. To see a sample of Hare’s
artwork, please visit
Redlands Community Hospital Foundation supports Redlands Community Hospital,
which is an independent not-for-profit, stand-alone hospital.