“Finding Beauty” – April 1 – 26, 2016

“Finding Beauty” – April 1 – 26, 2016

The April exhibit at Justus Fine Art Gallery will feature paintings by Taimur Cleary, photography by Beverly Buys, and paintings by Rebecca Thompson, along with work by additional artists. Both Cleary and Buys find beauty and design in neglect. Cleary’s paintings of decaying buildings with patterns of light or layers of peeling paint transcend their subject matter, while Beverly Buys’ cyanotype photographs depict overgrown and forgotten remnants of Delta communities with an eye for texture and line. Rebecca Thompson elevates the everyday with her colorful paintings of interiors, streetscapes, and landscapes with a personal twist. The exhibit will open with a reception from 5-9 p.m., on Friday, April 1 in conjunction with the monthly Hot Springs Gallery Walk. The show will be on display April 1-25, 2016.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Taimur Cleary holds a B.A. in art from Miami University in Ohio and a M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in New York. He has worked as an artist and educator throughout the U.S. and abroad. Cleary served as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Artist in Residence at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock from 2012 – 2015. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Design for Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. Solo exhibitions of Cleary’s work include: Surface, Space (Sundial Face) in Gallery II at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR (2013); (With You) What You Take at the 12 Gates Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2011) and at the Alhamra Arts Council in Lahore, Pakistan (2011); In the Event of (Another Horizon) at Grey Noise, Lahore Pakistan (2010); Of Stealth Agency (and Apperception) in the Stuben Galleries at Pratt Institute, New York, NY (2009); Grey Areas at the Guerilla Gallery in Denver, CO (2007); Transfiguration at Walker Fine Art in Denver, CO (2005); and Represenstraction at the Annex in Denver, CO (2004) and in the Hiestand Galleries at Miami University in Oxford, OH (2003). Notable group exhibits include: 25 New York Painters Under 35 at the Painting Center, New York, NY (2009); From Across the River at Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey (2009); Symposium in the Stuben South Galleries, Pratt Institute, New York, NY (2008); Inflation at the Aswoon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2008); Refinement at the Aswoon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2008); The Best of Colorado, Denver International Airport, Denver, CO (2006), and many others.

"Fire House" by Taimur Cleary (c)

“Fire House” by Taimur Cleary (c)

"Home Place Lost in Trees" by Beverly Buys (c)

“Home Place Lost in Trees” by Beverly Buys (c)

Beverly Buys earned a B.S.E. in Art Education from Henderson State University (1977), a M.A. in Photography from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1994), and a M.F.A. in Photography/ Printmaking (1996) from the University of Memphis. As an arts educator, she served in various teaching roles at Henderson State University, beginning as an adjunct instructor and ultimately serving as Professor of Photography in the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences, teaching a variety of photography and art history courses. Buys retired from teaching in 2014. Buys’ cyanotype prints have been featured in solo exhibits at Arkansas State University in Beebe, Arkansas; the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas; the Russell Fine Arts Gallery at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas; the University of Memphis Art Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee; and other venues. Buys’ work has also been included in notable group exhibitions including the annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas; artSpark 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina; the 2011 Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Legacy Art Exhibition at Petit Jean in Arkansas; Selections from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Permanent Collections at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Arkansas; and others.

"Cafe" by Rebecca Thompson (c)

“Cafe” by Rebecca Thompson (c)

Rebecca Teeter Thompson attended William Woods College, Hendrix College, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She studied art at the University of Arkansas with Guido Frick and Terry Rowlett. Before making the transition to full-time painting, she worked as a gardener at the Arkansas governor’s mansion and as a garden designer. Her work is represented in respected galleries throughout the region and has been included in many solo and group exhibitions. Recent solo exhibitions include: A Sense of Place at the Annesdale Park Gallery in Memphis (2015) and Common Ground at the East Arkansas Community College, Forest City, AR (2015). Notable group exhibits include the Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR (2011); Anniversary Show at Greg Thompson Fine Art (2016); Best of the South at Greg Thompson Fine Art, Little Rock, AR (2015, 2014, 2013); Southern Women Artists at Greg Thompson Fine Art (2012, 2013); Michael Ashley and Rebecca Thompson Exhibition at Justus Fine Art Gallery, Hot Springs, AR (2015); and more. Thompson’s paintings have also been included in numerous public and private collections include 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.