First Thursday April: Journeys and Imprints Exhibition Opening Reception

April 5th, 2018

@Art Ventures NWA

Thursday, April 5th, 2018. 5 – 8PM

Art Ventures is pleased to present artists, Emma Steinkraus, Jocelyn Knight, Cheryl Kellar, Nathan Duncan, Karolyn Farrell, Jay McDonald and Carol Hart. Art Ventures NWA brings to Northwest Arkansas its April 2018 exhibition, Journeys and Imprints, that features seven visual artists with vastly different journeys described in singularly unique ways. Photographers and painters alike use and mark with a variety of media, digital, fluid, dry, and attached, to create objects that leave their own imprints on the viewer. This is an exhibition not to be missed.

About Carol Hart

As long as she can remember, Carol Hart knew she wanted to be an artist. Her first volunteer work growing up was making sets for plays with the Shreveport Little Theater. Carol married her husband, Bill while in college and after completing her graduate degree, they loaded up their belongings and set off with their cats to see America, finally settling in the beautiful Ozarks. After working four years as a classroom teacher at the Washington Co. School for Trainable Children, Carol Hart established Life Styles, a non-profit that continues to address the needs of people with disabilities today. After 41 years, Hart retired in 2012 to pursue her love of art through her own painting. She says, “Getting back to making art at this stage of life fills me with a sense of purpose, incredible joy and keen sense of urgency.”

About Jay McDonald

Dr. Jay McDonald is an award winning fine art photographer who has a long history as a practitioner, researcher and lecturer on the neurocognitive process of vision. A natural curiosity as well as a scientific awareness of the visual process has been an accelerant to his artistic appreciation of all visual arts. Having been an active photographer through out his lifetime, it was the revolution and rapid evolution of the digital process that re-awakened his creative passion for the visual image.

Double Vision: McDonald & Hart Collaboration

“Double Vision is a collaboration that grew out of the discussions Jay and I have had about our Journeys to various places near and far and how they leave different marks upon us. We decided this work would begin by the selection of particular photographs of Jay’s travels that resonated deeply with me, and that I would create paintings based upon those images. The paintings in this series are about my vision of the places or the persons, or the feelings I had upon viewing the photographs. Jay’s unique vision about light and color in his photographs brings yet another facet to the viewer in these pairings.” – Carol Hart

About Emma Steinkraus

Originally from Fayetteville, Emma Steinkraus completed her MFA in Painting in 2016 at the University of Iowa where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Her work has received numerous awards, including a Peyser Prize, a Bethesda Painting Award, and a Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship. She taught painting this winter at Williams College and will join the faculty of Hampden-Sydney College as an Assistant Professor of Fine Art in the fall. She is also the Visual Arts Editor of Company Editions.

About the Work

Inspired by my home in the Arkansas Ozarks, these paintings combine self-portraiture and intimate portraits of family and friends with photo transfers of the landscape. Equal turns celebratory and elegiac, these works situate human narratives in a larger ecosystem to explore the interconnectedness of our personal lives and the habitats we live in.

Each of the large canvases begins with an ink drawing. I then paint detailed portraits in oil while applying a collaged transfer of my photographs around the figures. The transfer process produces a fragmented and damaged image that communicates both the beauty and the vulnerability of our local habitat. The gaps and scratches in the transfers also contrast with the smoothness of the portraits. Through this combination of photography and painting, I cultivate a tension between the digital and the analog, new technologies and old techniques.

Small, daily plein air sketches provide a counterpoint to the larger works by foregrounding the plants and habitats that otherwise surround the figures.

About Jocelyn Knight

Born in Oklahoma, raised in Saudi Arabia, Jocelyn Knight’s world view has been shaped by the many places she has lived in her life. She received her MFA in 2004 but credits both her artist mother and her travels overseas for her skills as an artist. Jocelyn has taught art for over a decade at Arkansas Tech University, the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and currently teaches for Crowder College. She notes that she has seen firsthand nearly every artwork used as teaching material in her art history and studio courses. Jocelyn currently lives and works in a berm house in the Ozarks.

About the Work

“My Road Series was conceived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1997. However, it was some time before I could put brush to canvas, giving birth to the initial pieces of the series following the turn of the century. Each “Road” painting confronts some aspect of traveling cross country – whether the high speeds of modern vehicles, the unfortunate fact of road kill, or the headaches of construction. Each “Road”
has allowed me to address my ambivalent feelings towards travel. I confront the inherent negative aspects of road trips, as well as the joy and movement of the open road. By exploring these feelings in color, line and shape, I have managed to find a place of rest for myself, and have now begun to move through new areas of exploration.” – Jocelyn Knight

About Cheryl Kellar

Cheryl Kellar has been a resident of central Arkansas since October 1993, when she moved from Houston, Texas. She currently resides in Sherwood, Arkansas, but will move to Fayetteville when the remodel of her husband’s family home is completed. Kellar began studying art with Jacquelyn Kaucher at the Arkansas Arts Center in 2002. She joined Mid-Southern Watercolorists soon after her art education began and held several administrative positions in the years that followed. Workshop chair afforded her the opportunity to seek out a variety of excellent artists/instructors to study with in the workshop setting; most memorable to her are Anne Abgott, Jane Angelhart, Linda Kemp, Mark Mehaffey, and Judi Coffey. Kellar’s work can be found in numerous private collections and at Art Ventures NWA Gallery.

About the Work

“My interest in fashion and design came from my early career as a visiting makeup artist in the finest department stores and specialty boutiques in the south. Several decades later, on vacation in Paris, I snapped some photos of store windows that intrigued me. Eventually I painted them, and my love of painting mannequins and store windows converged with my passion for style. Mannequins are my muses, but flesh and blood women are the ones I hope to empower. I seek to put a face on the experiences that make us beautiful. A collector summed it up this way: ‘Your ladies always show the side of women we want to be – so we are.'” – Cheryl Kellar

About Karolyn Farrell

Karolyn McMillan Farrell studied art while in college at Missouri State University and worked on a Master’s Degree in Fabric and Interior Design while working as a consultant on science and art curricula. She taught art at the Rock Street Gallery in Fayetteville, AR while completing a Master’s Degree in Adult Education with an emphasis on creativity/art. Throughout her studies and work in education, Karolyn has painted, exhibited, sold and also donated her artwork for causes dear to her heart. She is a signature member of the Artists of Northwest Arkansas, a member of Oil Painters of America, Mid-America Pastel Society, Portrait Society of America, and others. Karolyn Farrell’s work can be found in private collections throughout the US and in corporate venues throughout the Country.

About the Work

“I focus on vibrant colors in nature around my mountainside home and in my travels, which I specifically take in order to find the colors and light that give me an emotional charge. As I create my response to the landscapes or the surroundings that draw me in, I anticipate they will bring happiness and serenity to my clients and viewers. For me, the act of creating a piece of art is, as Robert Henri, author of The Art Spirit, who said, ‘…the arts were developed to allow us to capture and recall moments of our greatest happiness and of our greatest wisdom.'” – Karolyn Farrell

About Nathan Duncan

Nathan Duncan grew up in a family where painting and music were just a part of life. He created his own drawings, paintings, and sculptures from as far back as he can remember until the cusp of adulthood; then simply abandoned it for nearly two decades. Duncan says, “I cannot even fathom why this happened; it just suddenly died. Life was quickly changing and survival was my only focus. I then came to a point where I noticed something missing. That’s when I remembered who I was for so long, so many years previously.” Duncan decided to return to art through photography rather than other mediums because it allows him to explore people and the world around him more immediately.

About the Work

“My body of work intends to communicate visions that revolve primarily around aesthetics, light and color. There is sometimes a hint of emotion, but only enough to let an observer draw his or her own conclusions.

My inspiration often comes from dreams, Golden Age cinema, electronic music, and industrial manufacturing. My perception of these visions is conveyed through built forms, light and color that my mind recognizes. I form a storyline in my mind, and then bring that to my work with film and digital darkrooms. My creative flow and the feelings that I carry when I create a project is always crescendo in nature. A project grows in my mind’s eye until the moment I birth it on set when everything is released at once. I never formally studied photography, but I am a student of photography. I have learned the rules based on principles that create great compositions and deliberately break those rules; I let my passion dictate how I compose individual pieces that create a project.” – Nathan Duncan