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De-Mystifying the Art of Myron Barnstone

Roger Brinker

Join Roger Brinker on his deep-dive investigation of the haunting work of this visionary modernist.

This lecture presents a unique opportunity:

  • Review methods developed in Barnstone’s artwork that came to form the foundation of his teaching practice.
  • Uncover the artist’s obsessions and hidden interests.
    Explore the meanings behind his complex themes and social statements.
  • Discover principles that can apply to our own artistic styles, conceptual approaches, or abstractions.

$500 And Under Gallery

After Myron’s death in 2016, Cat Barnstone-Szafran revealed a wealth of her father’s artwork which had remained in storage for nearly 50 years. Works that received critical acclaim in Paris in the 1960’s could now be viewed once again. Shocking and prescient when first seen in the Cold War era, these works have lost none of their power. Myron’s work remains strikingly fresh and relevant.

Roger Brinker was familiar with a few works that hung in Myron’s residence and with photo albums seen by select students in the early days at the Barnstone Studios. However, he was astonished by the trove of more than 500 of Myron’s artworks, representing 15 years of dedicated, full-time endeavor. He became involved in cataloging the works and developing a chronology.  Activities led to further revelations. In addition to curating a teaching exhibition of Myron’s work, Roger started to analyze and interpret the artworks in relation to the principles of the Barnstone Method. Comparisons to the master work slides from Myron’s lectures at the Barnstone Studios revealed correlations with modernists like Jacques Villon, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, and Rico Lebrun. Additional references cite Goya, Géricault, Rubens, and Michelangelo.

Roger is excited to share his insights with viewers eager to examine these aesthetically and conceptually extraordinary virtuoso works. Join him at the Barnstone Gallery in Thurmont, Maryland (limited capacity), or virtually via Zoom.

Saturday, April 1st
Approx 2 hour lecture; 7pm – 9pm
Doors open at 6pm

$100 VIP Per Person
In person
Limited to 8 in-person spaces
Light Refreshments
20% off all items purchased that evening.

$75 General Admission Zoom

$50 Alumni Admission Zoom

*Scholarships available on Zoom only – please inquire by email to

About Roger

Nurturing and building his student’s unique artistic voice from a strong mastery of the skills and techniques that are Western art’s legacy is Roger Brinker’s specialty.

In fact, Brinker invented a new research concept modeled on the idea of an artistic genealogy: by tracing his own teachers’ artistic roots, he was able to chart a lineage that links his students and himself in a line that extends to the very beginnings of Western art. Brinker’s students can see how their training emanates in a direct line from artists such as Edgar Degas, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. A graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Brinker was associate and instructor in classical drawing and design at the Barnstone Studios, contributing as education advisor, writing design course workbooks, and developing the curriculum for the Foundation Drawing and Design program now offered on the Terracotta platform.

Saturday, April 1st

Lecture: 7pm - 9pm

Doors open at 6pm

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