Dean and Marilyn Dizikes collaborate at Art League Gallery

The Art League of Hilton Head Gallery presents “Light and Action” by Marilyn and Dean Dizikes, opening with an artist reception on Tuesday, January 12, 2010.  The exhibit runs through Saturday, February 5th.  The public is cordially invited.

 “Light and Action” represents the first collaboration of Marilyn and Dean Dizikes in an exhibition of their work.  The show includes acrylics and watercolors by Marilyn and cast metal figures by Dean.     

Marilyn Dizikes has pursued painting her entire adult life.  Her concept is “light” and she deals with it on many levels – spiritual, natural and man-made – in her works.  "Candle Lights," a canvas of vibrant colors with a mesmerizing effect represents many candles burning in hopes of peace, explains Marilyn.  In "Morning Light" the sun shines and its first light of the day reflects on the ocean and sandbar.  The painting “City Lights” evokes the colors, reflections and lights in a city.  These are compelling abstractions that stop you in your tracks.  Conceptually Marilyn agrees with Russian painter V. Kandinsky’s philosophy that there are no “musts” in art.  She freely moves from Abstraction to Realism, always searching for the best way to express an idea. 

         This year she was awarded “Member in Excellence” with the SC Watermedia Society and will have a juried painting traveling around the state in 2010.  She has had numerous solo exhibits, beginning with her first in 1980, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  This will be her second Featured Artist show with the Art League.    She retired in June, 2009, as an art teacher with Beaufort County Schools. She received her Masters in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University.  

Dean Dizikes began making models as a boy.  For the past ten years he has combined his interest in history with the creation of cast metal miniatures set in authentically recreated environments and he makes history come to life for us!  Be it scenes dating back to colonial India, as in "Delhi 1905," with a parade for the Maharajah showing an astounding array of colorful figures complete with an elephant in full decorative harness.  Or, in "Snooker in Calcutta" British officers relax in their club concentrating on their next move.  A playful piece depicts "Mozart in Salzburg," the youthful prodigy conducting his new creation. 

       With a degree in American History, Dean’s work is a rare treat for a history buff.  It takes time and the viewer wants to linger to appreciate the detail in vivid colors.  The décor in his sophisticated assemblages resembles sets of action movies with hundreds of extras and exclusive interior design elements such as oriental rugs, aristocratic portraits and ethnic costumes.

      Dean is a member of the S. C. Military Miniature Society and participates in their annual shows at the State Museum in Columbia.  Two years ago he was the lead designer of the club’s diorama depicting a Roman Imperial Triumph which included over 300 figures and numerous structures. 
      Dean and Marilyn are both originally from California.  However they spent years in Washington DC and overseas as a result of Dean’s position as a Foreign Service officer for the U.S. Department of State.  They moved to Hilton Head in 2000.  Their two adult daughters live in New York; one is an artist and the other an actress.

{mosimage} This is an exhibit not be missed! It includes work by other Art League artists.

         The Art League of Hilton Head is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the visual arts. It operates a Gallery for the display and sale of artwork by its members.  The Gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m.  For more information call 843-681-5060 or check