A new exhibit opens Friday, June 1, at the Hoosier Salon New Harmony Gallery, 507 Church Street. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Featured this month are Indiana award-winning artists Catherine Bryant, Jerry Points and Lynn Dunbar. New Harmony residents, Mick and Barbara McConnell, are the Exhibit Sponsors, and Ken and Nancy Weinzapfel are Reception Sponsors. The exhibit will be on display through July 12.
Hoosier Artist Catherine Bryant is an Oldham County, Kentucky, native and Oldham High graduate, receiving her BFA from the University of Louisville. During the early part of her career, Bryant was a courtroom illustrator, photo retoucher, air brush illustrator and instructor, and head of an art department in the field of advertising. After paying off her student loans, she started her own business creating Trompe L’oeil murals, furniture finishes, portraits, restorations, and artistic finishes which adorn countless interiors, both residential and commercial, throughout the Louisville/Lexington area. Her creations are on display from the Jefferson Club to “Vignettes of Main Street” in a Public Relations company and the Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Offices of Dr. Alexander G. Digenis, as well as the entry area for the new office building of Drs. Charika and O’Daniel. In addition, her finishes appear in the homes of several celebrities throughout the United States and have been published on the covers of Metropolitan Home and Classic American Home magazines.
For the past fifteen years, Bryant has concentrated on her fine art painting skills, winning numerous awards. “The style of painting that feeds my soul the most is ‘plein air’,” she states. “Being out in the elements where I can feel, breathe, smell and see the colors of the great creation! In order to accomplish this, I use complementary colors as a base painting and then layer subsequent pigments on top.” www.CatherineBryantArt.com
Jerry Points lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. Points believes that his paintings are more about color and design than they are about representing a subject as he sees it. “I work en plein air as well as in studio painting and continue to explore dynamic color relationships,” Points explains. His paintings have been recognized with honors from the Hoosier Salon, Indiana Heritage, and Indiana Artists exhibitions. Points’ entries in the Hoosier Salon have won “Best Impressionistic Landscape,” “Best Dynamic Landscape” and, in 2005, his entry was selected by the Indiana State Museum for their permanent collection. Recently, his painting, “Rainbow Woods” was purchased for inclusion in the Greater Lafayette Museum’s permanent collection. As a plein air painter, he has won awards in several paint-outs, including Best of Show in the Hamilton County and Zionsville Paint-Out. He was selected to participate as a guest artist in the Door County Plein Air Festival in Wisconsin in July 2011 and will return this year to teach a painting workshop. He was awarded Best of Show in the Hoosier Salon exhibit at the Indiana Art Museum in 2012. His work is in permanent collection at multiple sites throughout Indiana. www.JerryPoints.com
Lynn Dunbar was born in Gary, Indiana, and lives in Louisville, Kentucky. In her art, she passionately portrays scenes of life around her, rendering paintings with colorful and energetic strokes. A Purdue University graduate, Dunbar discovered plein air painting after working for many years as an advertising art director. In her work, she attempts to beautifully express ephemeral moments of light and the transitory beauty that we would all like to remember. Dunbar believes a good piece of art can transport the viewer to a different season, place and time. Charmed by the Ohio River’s beauty and grace she interprets rural scenes of everyday life along the banks of the Ohio River in Indiana and Kentucky. In memory of her son, she donates a portion of her proceeds to Childhood Cancer Charities.
Dunbar has exhibited at Brown County Artist Guild, Lindsay Wilson College, Danville Community Arts Center, Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, and Malton Gallery, Cincinnati. She is a member of the Hoosier Salon and Indiana Heritage Arts. Her awards include “Best Impressionist Painting, Hoosier Salon, 2009”; 2nd Place New Harmony Paint-out 2009, Owensboro Museum of Art Purchase Award, 2011; and many other awards. She participates in national plein air events. Lynn Dunbar Art Studio is located at 208 McCready Ave, Louisville, KY 40206. www.Dunbar-art.com.
Open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., the Hoosier Salon New Harmony Gallery displays the works of Indiana artists. For more information, contact Gallery Director Maggie Rapp at 812-459-9851 or firstname.lastname@example.org.