A colorful exhibit of abstract acrylic paintings by Neil Kruel will open Friday, July 21, at the O’Fallon Cultural Arts Gallery in the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368.

O’Fallon’s Cultural Arts Gallery admission is free. The exhibit will be available for viewing through September 1 during regular business hours at the indoor recreation complex: 5:15 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays. For more location information, call 636-474-2732 or visit www.renaudspiritcenter.com.

Neil Kruel graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Creative Design.

There, he began his artistic journey painting landscapes with majestic mountain scenes as his reference. Later he turned to creating with clay, studying under acclaimed ceramicist Herb Schumacher. Returning to Missouri, Kruel earned an MFA from the University of Missouri at Columbia and Washington University in St. Louis. He taught art history, painting and ceramics as a faculty member at East Central College in Union, Missouri, from 1984-2004. Currently he lives in Union where for many years he’s had his own advertising and marketing business, and his art studio is adjacent to his rural home. His artwork has been shown in galleries and other venues, and his commissions, murals, paintings and sculptural forms are in public and private collections worldwide. Images of his artwork are posted at www.neilkruel.com/paintings.html.

Of his current exhibit of paintings, Kruel said, “My work is an expression of energy and color, combining elements of linear balance and juxtapositioning. My approach is an honest use of material with a very direct execution.  All this happens with delightful serendipity.”