Anniversary exhibition planned at the Justus Fine Art Gallery

The August exhibition at the Justus Fine Art Gallery, 827-A Central Ave., marks the gallery’s 18th anniversary, as well as the 33rd anniversary of Gallery Walk, which kicks off Friday with a champagne toast at all participating galleries from downtown Hot Springs.

The exhibition will be a continuation of the July exhibition with a selection of works by Randall Good, Gary Simmons, Matthew Hasty, Jeri Hillis, Rebecca Thompson and other artists.

The show will host a reception from 5-9 p.m. Friday as part of Gallery Walk and will run through August 31.

The myth and stories of the personal creation of Work from Good will be presented in the anniversary exhibition.

“His complex figurative works are visual interpretations of the myths he created, inspired by the classics of Homer and Ovid, myths and world religions, and reflect the artist’s interest in the troubled nature of beings blessed or burdened by themselves. Good’s artistic style is influenced by the tradition of Florentine disegno fused with a highly personal interpretation of the human figure to become a vehicle for modern expression,” a press release said.

The exhibit includes selections from Simmons’ “” expert work in pen and in ink, which reflect the artist’s interest in the mysteries of life and the power of imagination, as well as his own personal stories,” he said.

The luminous landscapes of southern Hasty will also be presented in the exhibition. “Hasty’s oil paintings draw the viewer into the light that emanates from the paintings and into places that feel both familiar and universal,” the statement read.

Hillis’ collage work combines painting and drawing, as well as old stamps, envelopes and writing in compositions that “tell a story of beauty, fragility, time and mark”.

Thompson’s loosely rendered oil paintings “capture a suspended moment, as if someone had just stepped out of frame, inviting the viewer into the intimate setting.”

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment. Call 501-321-2335 or visit online at for more information.

“The Dream II”, by Matthew Hasty. – Photo submitted

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