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1 month ago · by · 0 comments

Durham original & collected art show opens

Roxbury — A new show by Roxbury artist Christopher Durham will feature his original and collected art at the Martin Lerner Gallery in Roxbury. An opening reception is set Saturday, Oct. 6 from 2-4 p.m. The show will run throughout the month of October.

Christopher has enjoyed career success on many fronts over the years, including in the field of acting, working with animals and in the realm of art.

Combining his passion of painting with his love of wildlife has resulted in animals being the subjects of many of Christopher’s paintings.

An accomplished painter, Christopher had his first gallery exhibition in SoHo in 2000. His work has been featured in the famed windows of Van Clef and Arpels in New York City as well as The New York Times, Elle Décor, Victoria and M magazines.

Christopher was born in southern Virginia and developed his three loves early in life. He successfully pursued all of these interests upon his arrival in New York City after graduating from The College of William and Mary.

From 1982-1990, Christopher was a contract player on three different soap operas: playing Matt McCandless on “Capitol,” Dakota Smith on “Ryan’s Hope” and portraying the role of Mark Harrington on “As The World Turns.”

Other roles

He has guest starred on “The Blacklist, Madam Secretary, all the “Law and Order” franchises, “Rescue Me,” “Third Watch,” “Suits” and many others.

As a television host and personality, he appeared in the highly acclaimed documentary “Wild City” with Isabella Rossellini, which focused on the diverse wildlife to be found in New York City. Christopher was also the “animal expert” guest on Hallmark’s “New Morning” show for five years.

A familiar TV host, he has also reported for HBO, The Travel Chanel and Onion News Network. He has been a caretaker at the children’s zoo in Central Park. As a result of his many years of working with animals, Christopher became a New York state licensed wildlife rehabilitator in 1998. He works closely with state and local animal facilities to help injured and orphaned wildlife receive care and treatment so that they can successfully be returned back to the wild.

In the spring of 2015, he wrote and illustrated his first children’s book, ZOBO the story of a sad clown who ventures out into the world to discover the meaning of happiness.

For additional information, please visit: petportraits-bychris.com, zobothebook.com or e-mail: chrisdur@gmail.com

In addition to Christopher’s show, the gallery will also feature unique works by Martin Lerner’s wife, Yung Yung Tsuai. In keeping with his pledge to help support environmental issues, gallery owner Martin has pledged to donate half the proceeds from any of the holiday weekend gallery sales of creations by his wife to the Sierra Club.

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