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October Issue 2010

Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by Dennis Campay, Hilda Spain-Owen, and Darren Young

Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will excite and inspire you this fall with new paintings by Dennis Campay, Hilda Spain-Owen and Darren Young, on view from Oct. 1 - 31, 2010.

Mixed-media artist, Dennis Campay, invites us into his languorous, richly colored worlds of reverie and reality, intimacy and spiritual journey. Drawing on a language of symbols that suggest rather than shout, Campay's paintings combine vaguely European cityscapes with distinctly Southern imagery. His pictures present a mesmerizing mix of Doric columns, porticos, slatted shutters, and balconies, gently coexisting with coastal marshes, white-washed churches, boats, and bridges. Silvery bodies of water, worn books, the solitary piano, and ubiquitous chairs take their place where interiors and exteriors blend and beckon, evoking memories, illusions and dreams.

A graduate of the Atlanta College of Art in 1992, Campay and his wife, Colette now divide their time between Atlanta and the historic neighborhood of San Marco in Jacksonville, FL. He has received numerous prizes and honors including for his work on paper at the prestigious 2001 Florence Biennale. In 2006 in conjunction with the Quinlan Visual Arts Center he was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. Most recently in 2010, Campay has been honored to be the featured artist at the High Arts Day, High Museum of Art, Atlanta and will be a Visiting Artist at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in April of 2011. Campay has been featured in Art & Antiques magazine, New American Paintings and he is the subject of John T. Spike's book, Campay: New Paintings (2002). His original mixed media works and drawings are hanging in public and private collections across the United States, including US Airways and King & Spalding, LLP, The University of Florida and Brenau University. Museum acquisitions include the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville FL, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA. and the Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah GA.

Hilda Spain-Owen's art is primarily single-subject driven work, animal or human. It is about bold sizes, bright colors, and unique texture. The subject fills as much of the canvas as possible. Spain-Owen leaves the background abstract, further pushing the subject forward. Contrast, thus interest, is again enhanced by keeping the lines of the subject drawing realistic while choosing colors that are impressionistic. Further impressionism comes from the texture achieved by using a palette knife and layering high viscosity paint. The result...you are tempted to reach out and touch it.

Spain-Owen's art works well in all venues, traditional to contemporary. Those with traditional taste who collect her giclèes often frame them with double mats and ornate frames giving them an old world feel.

Early on, working toward what pleased her contemporary taste, Spain-Owen arrived at her distinct style. When she began painting her own whippets, she grasped the importance of painting what you love. It was through the painting of these small, graceful sighthounds that the exploration of line, color and texture showcased her talent. Her following is comprised of a mixture of sighthound owners, dog lovers in general and even those who do not own dogs. From the start of her career, it was apparent that the appeal of her art went beyond the boundaries of the subject. Spain-Owen's work has been shown in galleries in Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, Delaware, and New York and is in collections across the United States.

Spain-Owen works to support sighthound rescue groups and other animal shelters by donating original works for auction. Through her donations, rescue groups in Florida and North Carolina have raised thousands of dollars to help with adoption and medical costs associated with sighthound rescue.

Darren Young began his formal art studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting. In 1998, Young was the recipient of a Graduate Scholarship to Indiana University at Bloomington, earning his Master's Degree.

Young's emphasis on painterly brushstroke and strong shifts from tonality to a dramatic juxtaposition of warm and cool tones combine to create imaginary landscapes with an ethereal quality.

For several years, Young has taught art and design at universities and campuses across the United States in: Indiana, Colorado, and North and South Carolina. He has also worked as a painting instructor in France and in 2001, Young was honored with the "Best of Show" award in The All Colorado Art Show, from the Curtis Center of Arts & Humanities in Denver. His work is featured in numerous public and private collections including Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC.

Located in beautiful Myers Park, Shain Gallery has been on the forefront of the North Carolina art scene since 1998. The gallery represents many leading national and regional artists, and recently won the "Best of the Best Award" for best Charlotte gallery.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/334-7744 or visit (www.shaingallery.com).

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