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Art association opening new exhibit

May 02, 2018
PHOTO SUBMITTED Artwork donated to the Fairfield Art Assoction by Gene Copeland, such as this  “Tropical Birds”, watercolor by India artist Weni Penusun, will be on display at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

The Fairfield Art Association will present a selection of artwork from its permanent collection beginning Friday in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Main Gallery.

The artwork in the exhibit was recently given by Gene Copeland from his private collection to the association.

Copeland collected a variety of art from around the world in his travels over the years. Included in the exhibit will be works from Australia, Mongolia, India, and across the U.S. There are drawings, oil painting, Michael Graves architect print of furniture design, watercolor, mixed media art and many lithographs.

Copeland’s appreciation of art lead to his involvement in helping bring the “Tamarind Institute” to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1970. Tamarind was founded in the absence of an American print shop dedicated to serving artists, and during a period when American artists tended to reject lithography. Its goals were to create a pool of master artisan-printers in the United States by training apprentices and develop a group of American artists of diverse styles into masters of this medium. It began a collaboration between artists in the work situation to experiment widely and extend the expressive potential of the medium. The institute stimulated new markets for the lithograph and restored the prestige of lithography. Through this effort a collection of extraordinary prints was actually created. Artists from the Tamarind Institute in this Fairfield Art Association exhibit include: Emerson Woelffer, Nicholas Krushenick, and Clinton Adams.

Also on display in the Main Gallery will be ceramic pieces by a brother and sister team from Newton: Jaci and Lance Guthrie, who are both art students at Indian Hills Community College studying under instructor Mark McWhorter. Jaci Guthrie has a selection of wheel-thrown pottery pieces while Lance Guthrie concentrates on hand-sculpted whimsical pieces.

A reception for family, friends and the public will be 6-8 p.m. Friday.

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