Lee Anthony, Jon Haydn and Mary Shelton
February 4 through May 9, 2010
Trinity Gallery for Arkansas Artists
Join us for a free opening reception on February 12, 5 - 8 pm, in conjunction with downtown's 2nd Friday Art Night
Stretched Foundations brings together the works of three artists with varied approaches to their chosen mediums. A bold palette juxtaposed with somber hues is a hallmark of Lee Anthony’s works, crossing the art lines of outside, representational and cubism. Jon Haydn’s sculpture celebrates Earth and combines materials such as stones and fallen Ozark wood. As a painter and printmaker, Mary Shelton’s art imparts a subtle spiritual element, presented in a primary palette.
“Color, value and texture are the three elements that I use most to express my feelings and emotions when I am painting,” says Anthony. “I hope that when the viewer observes my work that he or she will see something that he or she can relate to, feel or visually enjoy.” Anthony uses anything from canvas to cardboard as a surface for his works in pencil, acrylic, oil and watercolor. He has spent much of his artistic career teaching others. Currently, Anthony teaches art at Little Rock Central High School.
“My work expresses passion for life in physical form,” says Haydn. “It celebrates our big home, Earth, bringing appreciation from within me to those who see what I've made.” Among the sculptures exhibited will be his acid-stained, cast concrete towers which are intended “to remind us to exercise care and caution, to balance high technology with the Earth's natural cycles.”
Shelton’s first encounters with art were as a young girl enrolled in St. Scholastica’s Convent in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and thus for her spirituality and art were intertwined. This perception has influenced her own art. Shelton began to pursue an education in studio art in her mid-fifties, after a successful career as a hairstylist. She began with a distant education class from the Art Instruction School in Minneapolis and has since earned a B.A. and an M.A. in studio art from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. “Three major aspects are identifiable in my present works,” Shelton says, “experimentation with color, examination of architecture, and alteration of the focal plane.”