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The first exhibitions at the new Arts On Main will feature an installation by Jeannie Hulen, pastel drawings by Charles Peer, photography by Michael Leonard, and an exhibition of artworks from two private collections. The scope of these inaugural exhibitions validates the transition of the well-known Center for Art and Education to its new art center Arts On Main located on Main Street in Historic Downtown Van Buren, AR. The exhibitions include artwork couched in traditional methods, form, and subjects in concert with artwork that challenges the norm. These exhibitions are an opportunity for artists and patrons to compare and evaluate the diverse ways and means one might create and/or acquire works of art.
Familiar Places will feature 80-90 recent pastel Charles Peer paintings, many honoring “familiar places” of Van Buren, others are locations that simply feel familiar to us all. Accompanying the exhibit, Familiar Places, in Gallery A1 is playing a short video with Charles providing insight about the "media of pastels along with how I select the subjects for my paintings and a bit on my technique. My hope is that this video, which will be continually showing in an adjacent space to the gallery, will enrich our experience at the exhibit."
Jeannie Hulen’s exhibition titled Gibberish: Mineral Bilateral Stimulation is a part of a larger series of “Gibberish” installations that according to Hulen, “examine global environmental issues and visually investigate the complex and troubling relationships between human beings and the natural world”. Conceptually, her work comments on society’s mass cultural production’s mimicry of nature with materials that are cheap fake junk, which will one day reside in landfills. Hulen notes that “Ironically, replacing plastic with ceramics returns the forms to a beautiful state.” Hulen intends to “circumvent overburdened themes such as environmentalism, in favor of a non-linear, fantastical position calling attention to less evident aspects of the relationships between people and the natural world, including intellectual, psychological, and numinous facets of this symbiosis.”
The Collector’s Collect exhibition is a comprehensive representation of modern and contemporary artists whose concepts, materials and methods define and redefine art as a dynamic endeavor. The work was collected by individuals who value art that defines their interest, perception, knowledge, and aesthetics. While the choices may be, for the most part, subjective, each example is noteworthy. Each piece has profound form and content, cognizant of the time and place it was created. The quality and depth of the collections reflect the thought and regard each collector has for art and artists. The Collector’s Collect exhibition is a visual celebration of mutual interaction and success.
Arts On Main's ARTalk magazine features exclusive interviews with the artists bringing their visions to life. In their own words, many of the artists share their creative process and their stories. The Artist features include images of several of the artworks in the exhibitions as well as insightful quotes about the works that will be on display through March 31, 2022. You may pick up a free copy of ARTalk magazine at Arts On Main.