Oil paintings by artists studying with instructor Aleksander Balos in Mount Shasta will be featured in a fine art exhibit at River Run Gallery in Weed from April 23 to May 28.

All are invited to an opening reception for the “Realism In Oil:?Phase 2”?show this Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. at the gallery in downtown Weed. Food and refreshment will be offered.

Balos moved to the United States from Poland in 1989 and studied in Chicago at The School of Representational Art. His own work is classical in style with riveting contemporary subject matter, according to a press release.

Most of the featured artists had art experience prior to studying with Balos; some are embarking on painting for the first time.

The idea to hold an art exhibit grew as the paintings matured in the class setting, “taking on a rich life of their own,”?according to gallery owner Sharon LoMonaco. “The paintings represent Siskiyou area landscapes, classically rendered still-lifes and incredibly realistic portraits – all of which have their own singular presence and authority.”

Balos, according to the press release, “is a unique teacher in that while conveying to his students the time-honored techniques passed down from art history's great European masters, he encourages each student to paint her/his own choice of subject matter in her/his preferred style.

The show is titled "Phase 2" so that viewers can follow each artist as s/he continues evolving in depth of ideas, technique and imagery.”