Rita Henry's "Bird in the Hand"
It's First Thursday Shop 'n' Sip
tonight in the Hillcrest neighborhood, where Gallery 26
is located. That means that you can see "Mapping the Darkness,"
recent works by Ray Chanslor,
Santa Fe artist Betsy Emil
and Rita Henry
, until 8 p.m. tonight! The show, according to a press release, includes "diverse art on paper ranging from the humorous to the mysterious."
From the gallery, some bios on the artists:
A Pine Bluff native, Ray Chanslor travels constantly with his camera in hand. His photographic interest began by snapping
imaginary photos on his grandmother’s old camera. Now, Ray modifies cameras to make images some of which have been seen at
Historic Arkansas Museum and the Hot Springs Fine Arts Center. His technique is reminiscent of the first photographic masters
with soft, flaring lights and warm tones. Ray’s subjects occupy Arkansas’ fading rural communities with Southern symbols to
ignite a viewer’s personal interpretation.
Betsy Emil loves strong characters. Whether it is a herd of giraffes or a lone middle-aged swimmer, her art intuitively records
life’s patterns, beautiful, absurd, rare and magical. Influenced by dreams, her illustrations are often drawn during pre-dawn work
sessions. Her designs are informed by her independent exploration of fashion textiles. Her photography captures life as she
experiences it. Betsy studied at the International Center of Photography in New York City with contemporary masters.
This is Rita Henry’s sixth major Gallery 26 show and includes fifty-eight pieces produced over the last 4 years. An art
photographer since 1989, she teaches students of all ages and oversees the local photography club, Blue Eyed Knocker. Her still
photography is based in traditional production methods expanded upon according to equipment and materials that come her way. With
cameras as old as 100 years and vintage paper dating back decades, Rita’s photographs can be clean and crisp, blurry or damaged
all in the same image. The photographs use faces and places repeated in various time and space to create a feeling of common
Gallery 26 is at 2601 Kavanaugh.