Museum presents Hornyak exhibit

Museum presents Hornyak exhibitThe Maturango Museum will feature “home(less) and gardens” by Michael Hornyak through Sept. 29 in the Sylvia Winslow Exhibit Gallery. The opening reception will be held Friday, July 31, at 7 p.m.

Hornyak is from Los Angeles, where he works as a teacher, art docent, and art gallery installation coordinator. (See also www.mhorn

“Nature has never failed to provide a rich source of ideas in my art,” he said of his painting style. “I find relationships in nature pure and uncomplicated. There is endless fascination in every aspect of the natural world.

“In developing a work, I spend great lengths in detailed observation of a given terrain. Volumes of sketches and studies of plant life, color spectrum and geographical terrain are rendered.

“I feel it is important for direct interaction with an environment. Being present in the moment all senses are utilized.

“For example, the observer feels the uncomfortable summer heat beating down or anxiousness in hearing rustling in a thick patch of brush. These feelings aid in the style of markmaking or color pallette that will be used later in the studio.

“The composition of my work is narrative in objective. I tend to explore ‘The Human World without Humans.’

“The terrain and nature move from elements of ‘Backdrop’ to a featured ‘Center Stage.’ Human elements become props to aid the viewer toward a uniquely possible relationship between people and their surroundings.”

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information call 760-375-6900 or visit

Pictured: “Liberty Bell Security,” by Michael Hornyack, will be part of the Maturango Museum’s upcoming exhibit. -- Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2015-07-24