SILVER CITY — Gallery owners Amanda and Richard Deaton have announced that new work by watercolor/mixed media artist Brent Flenniken will be featured in an exhibit opening at the Gallery 400 in the downtown historic district today.
This opening will be coordinated with the monthly First Friday event in the Silver City Arts District for December. The exhibit will consist of more than 30 new paintings by Flenniken.
Flenniken, a highly spontaneous painter, most often paints creative and colorful Southwest and Mexican landscapes, mission churches, carnival scenes, watercolor portraits, florals and abstract compositions. His paintings are known for magical, dreamlike images and for the imbedding of mythical, subliminal figures and images. His work has been exhibited widely in U.S. and Mexican galleries, and is included in collections in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
According to art historian and critic Hunter Ingalls, Flenniken's friend and a frequent co-creator for all their impulsiveness, Flenniken's works are very deftly composed.
"The singing quality of his color doesn't wear off; it holds and grows when you've got one of his works in your home, hanging there as a reminder that life is for celebrating," Ingalls said.
Flenniken grew up in the Southwest U.S. and received art degrees from both Texas Tech University and Western New Mexico University. In addition to painting, Flenniken also teaches art at a Texas college and at the prestigious Institutito de Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
During the opening, Freddy Rodriguez, of Bayard, will play classical guitar music from the '70s.
In addition to Flenniken's work, Gallery 400 will also show selected pieces of hand-carved walnut furniture and crosses created by another well-known Silver City artist, Dink Tatsch. The exhibit will open at 5:30 p.m. tonight.
If you go:
What: Exhibit opening, works by watercolor/mixed media artist Brent Flenniken
When: 5:30 p.m. today
Where: Gallery 400, 400 N. Arizona St.
Information: (575) 313-7015 or email: email@example.com