Greene County News Report
FAIRBORN — What is a portrait? First thoughts are of paintings of a person or group of people, but can it be more? What are the stories they tell? What are the emotions they hold and evoke?
Sue Brezine and Dora Lawson, outgoing president and vice president of the Fairborn Art Association, wanted to explore the subject and possibilities. They have invited area artists to exhibit their portraits that might be considered unusual, not the expected pretty portrait, or as Louise Jackson, FAA’s current vice president put it, “out of the box but not broken.”
The challenge was met by 35 artist who entered 78 works, including both 2- and 3-dimensional, resulting in possibly the first show of its kind in this area. Since the goal of the show was to encourage broad participation, even by artists who are rarely recognized in the Miami Valley, all entered items have been accepted and displayed. There will be no prizes awarded. The honor is truly being represented in this powerful show.
“When you accept all entries you might be worried that something might not work in the show,” said Lawson. “But like a pot luck dinner, the offerings are delicious and make a balanced meal for the eyes, hearts, and souls of those enjoying it.”
The artists will tell about their works at the Fairborn Art Association meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the FAA gallery, 221 N. Central Ave. The opening reception for the show will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 in the FAA gallery. The exhibit will be also be open from 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 14 and 21.
Visitors may have seen works by Misuk Goltz of Xenia, Rosie Huart of Dayton, Tom Kinarney of Dayton, Leonard Williams of Waynesville, Bob Coates of Fairborn, Bonnie Kuntz of Washington Township, and Rebecca Graves of Springfield in other shows and galleries, but the works they have in this show are not what they usually exhibit.
Other artists exhibiting in the show include Connie Weber, Tom Hock, and Vera Gorovikh of Beavercreek; Larry Hawkins of Enon; Clarice Moore, Cora Newell, Terri Perkins, and Dalton Holbrook of Fairborn; Barbara Allen, Carylon Seger, and Jim Scherer of Huber Heights; Maureen Deis of Jamestown; Don Brezine and Pete Mitas of Kettering; Patsy S. Weidner of Miamisburg; Mary M. Peirano, and David Yarnall of Springfield; Mary Jo White of Xenia; and Corrine Bayraktarogleu, Mary Cargan, Evelyn LaMers, Toni Laricchiuta Stratton, Theresa Mayer, Nancy Mellon, Libby Rudolf, and Kari Tulecke of Yellow Springs.
The public is welcome at all four events.
Story contributed by Fairborn Art Association.