Twenty-one pieces - spanning everything from sculptures to mixed-media - are on display through Jan. 12. 2018, at the Arcadia Art Show in the Martin Walker Law Firm, 121 N. Spring Ave., Tyler.
In its second year, the exhibition attracted 90 entries, nearly three times more than last year, said Dace Lucia Kidd, the exhibition’s organizer and curator.
The exhibition is a “great way for Tyler to see art by the newest and latest up-and-coming artists,” she said. “Many are on the cutting edge (of art) and are very new and very fresh.”
Ms. Kidd said she reduced the number of entries accepted this year to make sure that each piece is displayed properly with plenty of room.
Jake Arnold an art student at the University of Texas at Tyler from Bullard has two sculptures made of cedar logs, concrete and plywood on view.
“His work is influenced by the strength and simplicity of the natural world, surreal abstractions of the human form and academic sculptural formalism,” says information posted with the sculptures. “He is interested in the intangible, precious connection made between his work and the viewer, and how that circuit creates a relationship in the infinite in-between.”
Brady Collings, an art student at the University of North Texas, submitted “Clown #5,” which is part of a series of mixed media prints.
“Much of Collings work focuses on renderings of clowns and mimes combined with poses and stylistic features that harkens back to movements with art history while also creating semi-autobiographical narratives and imagery,” according to information accompanying the painting.
An acrylic on paper titled “Her Pain,” is by Maegan Kirsner, an artist who has multiple sclerosis.
“I am an artist that uses industrial and recyclable materials to create art work that is considered mixed media,” she said in her submission. “My work focuses on canvas being the base, but I branch out to sculpture pieces as well. I have multiple sclerosis which can create a challenge physically creating the work. The process of thinking out a project to physically creating it allows an outlet for physical, mental and cognitive therapy in living with MS.”
Mary Long, an art teacher, submitted “Desideratum,” a clay stoneware bust of woman
“The definition of desideratum is something that is needed or desired,” she said in her submission. “This piece represents a mother’s conflict; the need for personal fulfillment and independence vs. maternal love and self sacrifice. The steps inside the piece represent the milestones of the child, and therefore a mother’s patient journey to that freedom.”
The Arcadia Art Show is free and open during the business hours of the law offices located in the old Arcadia movie theater building.