Fenix art group to open exhibition Nov. 9 at Fayetteville’s Chancellor Hotel

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Fenix, a Fayetteville-based artist collective [Facebook, Instagram], will present an exhibition featuring 12 Arkansas artists Nov. 9 to Jan. 11 at The Chancellor Hotel in downtown Fayetteville.

On display will be paintings, drawings, photography and sculptures in glass and mixed media by artists affiliated with Fenix Fayetteville.

Painters include Robert Ross, who is showing a colorful new triptych and Kevin Arnold, showing “two of his signature paintings that combine trompe-l’œil and collage techniques,” according to Fenix. Leilani Law’s new painting Blessing “blends classic and contemporary imagery.” Jan Gosnell’s paintings “combine wit, imagination and intuition,” according to a press release from Fenix.

Other featured painters include Path Hennon, Mitch Terry and Fayetteville native Megan Chapman, who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is represented with a series of mixed-media paintings in muted colors.

There also will be mixed-media and glass sculpture art from Eugene Sargant, in addition to Denise Lanuti, who has created fused-glass tabletop light boxes, and glass artist Ed Pennebaker, whose mixed-media environmental sculptures are abstractions from nature, according to Fenix.

Photographer Kat Wilson has large prints of layered abstracts in the show, and a silverpoint drawing by artist Karla Caraway will be on display, according to the artist group.

The exhibition is part of an ongoing partnership between Fenix and The Chancellor meant to encourage “public engagement with the arts by taking the artists’ work to a space outside the traditional gallery environment,” according to the Fenix.

Fenix, founded last year, is a self-governed visual artists cooperative that is “committed to a culture of mutual support, community and collaboration,” with a goal of “building a high density of arts activity in downtown Fayetteville.”

“Members add their own vibrant voices to the creative culture growing in Northwest Arkansas, contribute to the active arts scene, and serve the community through their creative and educational work. The group organizes art shows and events in temporary locations and is looking for a long-term space in Fayetteville to house artist studios, a gallery and workshop facilities,” according to Fenix.

The Fenix at the Chancellor Hotel show will open with a public reception on Nov. 9, 5-8 p.m. at The Chancellor. The “hillbilly swing” band the Camptown Ladies, featuring Eureka Springs artist Gina Gallina, will play at the reception.

Admission is free for the reception and exhibition. All artwork is for sale.