Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Phil Evanoff to celebrate 100th birthday with mosaic art show at OU-C

An exhibit of mosaic pieces by local artisan Phil Evanoff is on exhibit in the Stevenson Center art gallery at Ohio University-Chillicothe from Oct. 17 through Oct. 31. The beginning date of the show, which is free and open to the public, coincides with Evanoff’s 100th birthday.

Evanoff, a retired chemist, has created more than 625 mosaics, each consisting of thousands of pieces. He typically used Venetian glass and Japanese ceramic tile to create the mosaics but has also incorporated smooth stones as well as seashells.  His subject matter has come from personal photographs, adaptations of other’s works of art and purely his own imagination.

The mosaics reflect his wide-ranging interest in art and nature from throughout the world. Among Evanoff’s work, he has re-created French cave paintings, Bulgarian Christmas cards, African cliff drawings, an Aztec calendar stone and the Vincent van Gogh painting Starry Night.

Evanoff was born in Philadelphia and became interested in mosaics as a child but never finished his first piece until 1959. His family moved to Chillicothe in 1949.

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