Is it a Gauguin or a Cezanne?
New work by two major artists in the Hickory, N.C. area begs the question. Inspired by the masters – Gauguin and Cezanne, respectively - artists Dan Smith and Steve Brooks of Hickory, North Carolina have painted abstract images of faces put together in a collage-like fashion (Smith) and impressionistic oils of the forests blanketing the North Carolina Highlands (Brooks). These two “masters in their own time” hold Masters in Fine Arts degrees and have taught and exhibited across the Carolinas.
A dual artist exhibit of their new large format work runs from March 1 through April 26 in the Welborn Gallery of the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center in downtown Yadkinville.
Both of the artists build up and break down paintings in their own fashion, using acrylics and oils, layer upon layer, image over image. Dan Smith’s self-portrait cum John Smith cum who knows what’s next? - An ever-evolving painting - covers an 80 inch by 40 inch canvas. Titled Deere John Maerkle, the painting has been a work in progress since 2007. During the month of March, Dan Smith will be painting on this work every Wednesday in the Welborn Gallery at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center.
Steve Brooks, a Georgia native, spent much of his time growing up out of doors, planting beans and checking the cows, a happy wanderer in the field or forest.
When he moved to western North Carolina the mountain environment inspired his first water color paintings as a young man. His early influences include Bonnard and Wolf Kahn but later on during graduate school he was encouraged to study Cezanne and other post impressionists. His body of treescapes is about light, its interruption and space.
The public is invited to the opening reception at the Welborn Gallery on Friday, March 1 beginning at 5:30 pm. A drawing for two season passes to the opening series of the Willingham Theater will take place at 6:30 pm.
The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center is the home of the Yadkin Arts Council. A cultural complex, it houses the new Willingham Performing Arts Theater, the Third Branch Café,
The YARD artist studios, a gift shop, plaza and stroll way recently crowned by a majestic cast bronze sculpture Aiming for the Mark created by the artist Heloise Christa who came to study at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen West in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1956.
The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center is located at 226 E. Main Street, Yadkinville, NC 27055. Visit www.yadkinarts.org or email yadkinarts@Yadtel.net. Center hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.