“Family” Exhibition – June 3 – 29, 2016

“Family” Exhibition – June 3 – 29, 2016

The June exhibit at Justus Fine Art Gallery will feature a selection of paintings by Laura Raborn, Rebecca Thompson, and Emily Wood connected by the relationships that embody the idea of family. The push and pull between an individual and their role within a family, the joy of children, the intimate network within a family, and those friendships that are just as strong as family relationships, are some of the ideas reflected in the show. The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, June 3 from 5-9 p.m., in conjunction with the monthly Hot Springs Gallery Walk. The show will be on display from June 3 – 29, 2016.

Laura Raborn’s oil and mixed media paintings combine abstracted forms with representational figures, some of which are partially obscured or recede into the patterns and shapes at play in her work. Her paintings have been exhibited throughout the region and are in private collections across the country. Her work has been included in many notable exhibitions including: the 58th Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas; Small Works on Paper, Arkansas Arts Council, Statewide Arkansas; the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council 27th Annual Juried Exhibition, Texarkana, Texas; Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Competition & Exhibit, Irving, Texas; and An Italy Experience: Reflections on the Past and Present, Boswell Mourot Fine Art, Little Rock, Arkansas; and others. Raborn recently completed a M.F.A. with an emphasis in painting and teaches workshops at the Arkansas Arts Center.

“I paint and draw the human figure and places as a way to explore modern life. Formal contrasts are important elements in my work: for example, there is representation contrasting abstraction. The abstract layers interrupting the body or place allude to the idea of time, or a frozen moment in time, which is difficult for us to recognize in a visually inundated and fast-paced world. Recognizable forms emerge from obscured layers of paint, which refers to the vast amount of unknown information in everything we see.” – Laura Raborn

Rebecca Thompson’s paintings capture the personal details of her subject matter. From intimate interiors, to landscape and figurative work, Thompson draws attention to the everyday elements and interactions that catch her eye. Her expressive style adds to the feeling of a moment in passing. Recent solo exhibitions include: Common Ground, South Arkansas Arts Center, 2016; A Sense of Place, Annesdale Park Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2015; and Common Ground, East Arkansas Community College, Forest City, AR, 2015. Group exhibits include: the Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, 2011; Anniversary Show, Greg Thompson Fine Art, Little Rock, AR, 2016; Best of the South, Greg Thompson Fine Art, 2015, 2014, 2013; Southern Women Artists, Greg Thompson Fine Art, 2012, 2013; Michael Ashley and Rebecca Thompson Exhibition, Justus Fine Art Gallery, Hot Springs, AR, 2015; and others. Thompson’s paintings have also been included in numerous public and private collections including: UAMS, Little Rock, AR; CARTI, Little Rock, AR; St. Vincent P. Allen Smith Garden Home, Little Rock, AR; the William J. Clinton/Thea Foundation Art Across Arkansas Collection, and many others.

“Most of my work involves a moment captured. A moment that implies narrative and action, future or past. By doing this, I hope to create a sense of anticipation and invite the participation of the viewer. I want to tell a story, but let the viewer supply the details. Washes of light and atmospheric strokes of color are the tools for my painterly realism.” – Rebecca Thompson

Emily Wood’s acrylic and colored pencil paintings reflect her personal connection to the subject. Many of the Wood’s pieces featured in the exhibit focus on the bond between baby and mother, informed by her experience as a new mother. Wood’s work has been featured in many regional and national exhibitions including: the Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, 2013, 2012, 2011; Arkansas Arts Council Small Works on Paper Touring Exhibition, Statewide Arkansas, 2012; Posted and Painted, Solo Exhibition, UALR, Little Rock, AR, 2011; Translated into Paint, Solo Exhibition, South Arkansas Arts Center, Eldorado, AR, 2011; 24th Annual September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA, 2011; Arkansas Women to Watch 2011, sponsored by the National Museum of Women in the Arts Arkansas Committee Traveling Exhibition; Museum School Faculty Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, 2011, 2010; A Sense of Place Juried Competition, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA, 2010; 20x20x20: A National Competition, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA, 2010; 3 Women Who Paint, Heights Gallery, Little Rock, AR, 2010; and many others. Wood earned a M.A. in Fine Art from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her B.A. from Ouachita Baptist University. She currently chairs the department of painting and drawing at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Museum School.

“A great value of figure painting is that people are able to relate to the figure like no other subject. In my figure paintings, I experiment with elements such as color, shape, line, light, and paint application to most effectively portray emotions or feelings. The expressive application of paint in my work should be considered part of the subject of the painting and be used to describe the emotive quality of the painting.” – Emily Wood

Owned by artist Dolores Justus, Justus Fine Art Gallery offers a wide range of original art including sculpture, paintings, ceramics, photography, and more by recognized artists. Opening receptions are held in conjunction with the Hot Springs Gallery Walk held from 5-9 p.m. the first Friday of every month in downtown Hot Springs. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, call 501-321-2335 or visit online at justusfineart.com. ###