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May Issue 2006

Dalton Gallery in Rock Hill, SC, Features Works by Paul Matheny

Inspiration and history come alive in the Dalton Gallery in Rock Hill, SC, with the exhibition, Distant Grace, featuring works by Paul Matheny, Curator of Art at the South Carolina State Museum. The exhibit offering his recent paintings will be on view from Apr. 3 through May 15, 2006.

Matheny was born in Fort Worth, TX, and grew up in Anderson, SC. He spent his childhood in the upstate and lower midlands of South Carolina absorbing the landscapes, histories and differences in the cultures around the state. His new works are reflective of visual southern and popular culture.

Harriet Goode, owner of Gallery 5 in Rock Hill has shown Matheny's work in her gallery. "Paul Matheny's work has a unique quality that is completely personal - his own vision and interpretation of his surroundings. Paul often takes ordinary objects and concepts, ranging from roadside signs to religious themes, and develops them into paintings which have a quirky edge and beg the viewer to wonder and question what the artist is thinking," she said.

The title of the show, Distant Grace, embraces the idea that we have a tendency to constantly search for something that is beyond where we are right now. The search is sometimes physical, sometimes spiritual. While grace is illuminated, the distance between the points of grace often reflects this experience. These new paintings reflect this constant search for truth through grace.

Matheny received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Winthrop and has served as the Assistant City Art Coordinator for the City of Rock Hill, was Associate Curator of Art at the Museum of York County and currently serves as Curator of Art at the South Carolina State Museum. He has exhibited his paintings and photographs in galleries in North Carolina,
South Carolina and Georgia.

For more information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 803/328-2787 or at (www.rockhillarts.org).


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