Gift of Expression
The Art of Tselane Coe-Bell, Duane Bell and Helene Lambert
January 25 through May 6, 2007
Trinity Gallery for Arkansas Artists
Free opening reception on February 9, 5-8 pm in conjunction with downtown's 2nd Friday Art Night
Gift of Expression features the work of three Arkansans, Tselane Coe-Bell, Duane W. Bell and Helene Lambert. The daughter of sculptor Jethro Coe and illustrator Jacqueline Coe, Coe-Bell has had an interest in art since childhood. Encouraged by her family and inspired by her world travels, Coe-Bell has followed her talent and passion. Her subject matter moves boldly from realism to surrealism, from naturalistic to abstract. Duane Bell was also born to artists, his mother a visual artist and his father a jazz musician. Trained as both a visual artist and a pianist, Bell says, “these two artistic ‘pulls’ proved to become competing forces,” throughout his life. Bell’s work on display is primarily pen and pencil drawings but also includes oils and collage. Helene Lambert’s work reflects her interest in communicating and honoring her African ancestry and uses fabrics, materials and themes borrowed from African art. “I am a keeper of the spirit-,” she writes, “the spirit of a people who made houses from mud, ordinary items and clothing beautiful enough to be sold as is for ‘art,’ a spirit that fed families from disposed animal remains seasoned with love. I am heritage.” Lambert’s work consists of collage, painting and sculpture.
Some of the artists' work is available for sale through the Museum Store.