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Two of a Kind Makes a Pair: Works of Jerry and Joanne Berneche

The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art at Central Methodist University is opening a new exhibition March 25 featuring two of Columbia’s well-known artists.

Titled "Two of a Kind Makes a Pair: the Works of Jerry and Joanne Berneche," the exhibition featuring this husband and wife team will run through May 10. Being shown are 33 works in acrylic, watercolor, tempura and collage. The gallery is also presenting art by illustrator Monte Crews, a native of Fayette. Part of the Ashby-Hodge permanent collection, these works will be displayed in the gallery annex.Two of a Kind by Berneche

Jerry Berneche is a professor of art at the University of Missouri-Columbia and founder and director of the university's summer art study program in Florence, Italy. He is the recipient of numerous art awards, including the Chautauqua (New York) National Exhibition Bellinger Award, Missouri State Fair Top Purchase Award in Professional Division, Kansas Watercolor Society Award and St. Louis Artist Guild.

His work is part of the permanent collection at the Butler Museum of American Art, Ohio; Springfield (Mo.) Museum Watercolor USA Collection; and the Massilon Museum Collection, Ohio.

Jerry Berneche holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Herron Art School, Indianapolis, and a master of fine arts degree from Ohio University.

Joanne Zucco Berneche is co-founder of the summer art study program in Florence and a long-time art teacher in Columbia, where she currently teaches in the public schools. She has also taught art at Central Methodist University, William Woods University and University of Missouri-Columbia.

Her art has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including the Springfield Art Museum Watercolor USA show; Butler Museum of American Art Mid-Year Show, Ohio; Biennial International Show for Women Artists, Vichy, France; Cleveland Art; Annual Chautauqua (New York) Exhibition; Missouri State Fair; Massilon Art Museum; Boise State University; University of Tulsa; and Missouri Watercolor Society show.

Joanne Berneche holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Ohio University, and a master of fine arts degree from Case Western University Reserve.

Monte Crews was born in 1888 in Fayette. Both his father and mother were descendants of pioneer Missouri families. His father was a merchant in Fayette and his mother was a cousin of the much-decorated German painter, Ludwig Knaus (1829-1909). Many of his later illustrations reflected scenes during his growing up years in the Fayette area. He attended the University of Missouri for one year (1905-1906) where he befriended Missouri author, Homer Croy, later illustrating his first novel, "When to Lock the Stable" (1914).