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Celebrating Heritage

September 20 - November 2, 2013

 

Two special exhibits by two artists who represent the best that ArtSpace is and was

 

Paul Huffer in the Ellen Nelson Gallery

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Kenneth Smith in ArtZone

 

Opening Reception, Friday, September 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Huffer in the Ellen Nelson Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Huffer was educated in the Lima City Schools and at The Ohio State University, where he earned his BFA.  He went on to work in design as a professional exhibits designer in museums throughout the U.S. and overseas.

 

Retired from the Smithsonian Institution, Paul spends much of his time fulfilling a life-long dream: creating art.  Drawing on the legacies of the Bauhaus School and the California "Hard Edge" movement of the 1960’s, the work, in his words, ‘delineates areas of color with particular sharpness, clarity, and dimension. . . . ; the deliberate softening of the geometric forms is intended to encourage the viewer to move freely into the work and engage the painting as if they were a knowing and willing participant in the landscape.’

 

Paul specifically credits his art  interests to two Lima teachers: Miss Leahy of Lima Central Junior High School and Mrs. Kirk of Lima Senior High School:  “Through their influence, encouragement, and dedication to the fine arts during my formative years, each put me on a path to my dual careers as a painter and museum professional.”

 

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Kenneth Smith in ArtZone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Smith is a storied name in the early annals of the Lima Art Association, later ArtSpace/Lima.  He was one of that handful of artists in the early 1950's who decided that cooperation would have benefits and chose to work together for encouragement, mutual instruction, and the promotion of the arts to the community.

 

He was among the early founding members of the association, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees, heading up committees, and winning prizes in exhibits, all while maintaining his day job as a designer at Lima Neon Products.

 

In his late teens, Smith took classes at the Chicago Institute of Art.  From those beginnings, he developed a range of techniques, producing art in oils, watercolor, pencil, colored pencil, and pastels.  The work is realistic in style, with a careful attention to detail.  His son, Roland Smith of the Findlay Art League, says of his father that he "was primarily a Sunday painter, [but] was quite prolific in the variety and volume of his artwork."

 

Along with such figures as Bob Farmer, Dick Minck, Jim Strong, Joe Dunlap, John Timmerman, and Jim Bassett, Ken Smith represents our

heritage -- those who went before and showed the way.  We are what we are because they were what they were.