(NEWTON, Kan.) – The artwork of painters Andy Brown, Don Fullmer, Curtis Haynes and Bob Neace plus ceramic artist Wendell Donaldson will be featured in “Form of Five,” a new exhibit opening at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at Carriage Factory Art Gallery.
Andy Brown is an artist living in North Newton. He grew up on the North Shore of Chicago in the village of Winnetka and studied painting at the University of Kansas, graduating in 1974. In the mid-1990s, he picked up the craft of painting again, and continues it as a meditative outlet.
Wendell Donaldson‘s relationship with pottery began in high school where he took a pottery class and learned to throw. In college he further refined his skills and began developing gear to start his studio in Halstead.
“Throwing pottery is a nice stress reliever for the end of my workday,” Donaldson said.
Donaldson has attended many regional shows over the years, served on the Halstead arts and crafts festival committee in the 1990s and most recently exhibited at One Door North Gallery in McPherson.
Donaldson is involved in the entire process from mixing his own clay to formulating his own glaze recipes. The Raku kiln he made from a 55-gallon drum takes up residence in his backyard along with its custom-welded shed. He likes to fire in the autumn months when the weather turns cool and especially enjoys taking the red-hot pots out of the kiln.
Fullmer is a lifelong Hutchinson resident. He received degrees in painting from the University of Kansas and masters from the University of Iowa. Fullmer maintains a working studio in Hutchinson where he works on his abstract paintings. He is active in the local art community and currently serves on the board of directors for the Hutchinson Art Center. Fullmer has participated in numerous group shows and competitions, as well as solo exhibitions in the Kansas area.
Curtis Haynes plays with the element of surprise when creating his acrylic pieces. He removes the protective film from the viewing side of the acrylic panel when the work is either nearly or completely finished, letting the unveiling of each piece serve as a new discovery. Through this method, he imagines how the next color used affects the previous color, which details will push forward or blend into the background.
Bob Neace is an All-American artist. His passions include baseball, American history, the great outdoors, and he’s still running Bob Neace Graphic Design after 36 years. The last paintings Bob executed were for his senior painting class at WSU in 1973. Beginning anew in August of 2012, his acrylic paintings represent his simple desire to create images that might just for a moment take you back to a time and place that is meaningful.
An opening reception for “Form of Five” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St. in Newton. Pianist Ian Gingrich-Gaylord will provide live music. The event is free and open to the public.
“Form of Five” will be on display through Nov. 15, 2019.
Carriage Factory Art Gallery is a nonprofit organization that sells art by more than 50 area artists. It also provides workshops in various art media throughout the year and offers space for rent for special events and meetings. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call 316-284-2749 or visit www.carriagefactoryartgallery.com.