Henderson Fine Art Gallery
March 19, 2010 - April 16, 2010
Reception: Friday, March 19 – 6 to 8 p.m.
Artists Kim Webster and Rick Hatfield will present their work in “Southwest Reflections,” at the San Juan College Fine Arts Center Gallery, March 19 – April 16. The opening reception is slated for Friday, March 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Webster’s work depicts both a portrait and crowd study, which evolves from photographing people in large groups at events such as parades or outdoor festivals.
“This makes for an unconventional approach to figure painting since it captures people in a natural pose,” Webster says. “It’s a snapshot of the event – an artist’s history, as it were.”
“In the posed portraits, I try to capture the personality of the subject,” he continues. “This is accomplished through gesture, clothing or the pose itself.”
Hatfield creates unusual but functional or fanciful forms from wood. “I can remember as a kid, the look, feel, and the smell of wood,” he recalls. “Over the years, I’ve been involved in a variety of projects – from carving walking sticks to working as a cabinet maker.”
When it comes to furniture, he says that he is especially drawn to a rustic style. “My goal is to have it look as natural as possible – as if it had just grown into that shape. The pieces should look pleasing to the eye, but I also want it to feel inviting to the hands.”
Hand carving as much of the work as he can, Hatfield makes no two pieces the same. Part of his process is taking each unique log with its twists and turns and incorporating it into the design.
“I am drawn to the idea of connecting to art forms that have a long history, which are becoming increasingly rare in our rushed society,” Hatfield says.
The Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday,
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For further information about this exhibit or other Gallery events,
contact Cindy McNealy at 566-3464.