story and photos by Brittany Ransom
Beautiful landscapes, picturesque produce, and intricate carvings were among the many unique pieces on display Tuesday (July 1), as the Center for Art and Education in Van Buren debuted its July exhibit featuring artist Jimmy Leach and his show "The Nature of Change."
Known primarily for his Impressionistic and Expressionist-style landscapes, Leach's collection included a number of outdoor scenes, ranging in season and setting. He also included several serene cloud, rain, and starlight paintings which combined colors and textures to give onlookers a sense of movement and mood. Several homestead scenes of Victorian-style houses and lavish gardens were also on display in the Main Gallery.
Displaying alongside Leach was Van Buren native and stone sculptor, Jason Davis. His show, entitled “Stone: The Struggle of Expression," included a variety of detailed carvings that in Davis' words, represent his "struggle to communicate his feelings and ideas in a meaningful way to the viewer." Titles included "Lady of the Lake," "Man in the Moon," "Jo Jo," and several others.
Mother-daughter duo Carole and Jo Anne Doshier teamed up for their "On the Way…Home" exhibit in the downstairs Studio Gallery. Pieces by each artist were displayed throughout the space, including Carole's leaves, produce, and animal depictions, as well as scenes from historic Route 66 by Jo Anne.
Carole, who works mostly as a graphite, acrylic and watercolor artist, incorporated a number of bright colors and bold hues into her works, while Jo Anne used vibrant colors in a more subtle way throughout her paintings.
"It has been a wonderful experience showing our work together," said Carole. "We are proud to be a part of this wonderful exhibit here at this beautiful art center and see so many from this area, as well as from our home (Northwest Arkansas) in attendance.”
All four artists were present at the opening reception, meeting CAE visitors and sharing about their individual collections. Guests browsed through both galleries while dining on light refreshments, desserts, and beverages. Featured works were for sale, with a portion of the profits going to support the Center for Art and Education.
"The Nature of Change" and other shows will remain on display through July 25. CAE is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by special appointment. For more information, call 474-7767.