Gary Dobry, a former boxer schooled in the "manly art", is the head trainer at Pug's Boxing Club in the School of Hard Knocks located at 824 S Main St. in Crystal Lake. He's more than just a "knockout artist". This year alone Dobry's paintings have exhibited at Galerie L'Art Rien in Paris, France and the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, California. On November 19th a solo exhibition of the paintings Dobry did with writer Henry Miller's last great love, Brenda Venus, will exhibit at the Chicago Art Matrix Gallery at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago. Henry Miller is recognized as the leader of the 60's sexual revolution and is best known for his literary masterpiece, 'Tropic of Cancer'.
Dobry was an apprentice and life-long friend of Chicago artist, Ed Paschke. In this body of work Dobry and Venus celebrate finding their own artistic voices after being under the strong influences of their mentors, and join those voices to sing praise to Miller and Paschke. Selected Miller watercolors of Venus, from her private collection, and selected Miller love letters to Venus, as published in 'Dear Dear Brenda' will also be on exhibit with Dobry's paintings. The show opens November 19th and runs through December 14th. For more information, contact the gallery's director, Daniel Pierre McClenaghan at 773 254 4020 or Dobry direct at the School of Hard Knocks, 815 356 6572.