Local artist featured at Pine Center for the Arts

The Pine Center for the Arts will present the works of Erich Fritz with an exhibit that runs now through Saturday, Feb. 5.

The Pine Center for the Arts will present the works of Erich Fritz with an exhibit that runs now through Saturday, Feb. 5.

Fritz is a local artist residing in Cambridge. He grew up in a small town in New Jersey and moved to Cambridge in the late 90s. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia, where he earned an Associate Degree in Visual Communications. He has been doing art for the past 15 years professionally, working in sign shops and design firms until several years ago when he and his wife had their first child (since then they have had a second). He decided to be a stay at home dad and do his art from there.

As an artist, Fritz has tried to portray the subjects in his work as realistically as possible, while still keeping a painterly feel to the piece. He has always had a love for animals, especially horses, and tries very hard to capture their true essence. Fritz wants to put the viewer right there with the subject matter, to draw them into this small world he has created and let them see, hear and almost feel the surroundings. His goal with each piece is to stir a feeling or emotion with every viewer, good or bad. As long as the viewer walks away feeling something, the piece is a success in his eyes.

Fritz believes that life lives in the details, and so he incorporates as much detail into his art as he can without it being overbearing. It is easy to overwork a piece with too much detail. So he strives to get that balance in each and every drawing or painting he does.

The Pine Center for the Arts is open Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hours subject to change. Call 320-629-4924 to confirm hours before you visit.

The Pine Center for the Arts is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 2008. Its main mission is to provide the arts for everyone.

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