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Images by: Duane Smith, Paula (Smith) Charron, Peter Smith
July 6 - August 25, 2018
Opening Reception Friday July 6th, 5-7 PM
This exhibition is about three artists, three generations, and three unique styles of art expression. Duane Smith’s legacy as an educator for over 30 years in the Freeport Public School system is well respected and his art work loved by many in this community. His work focuses on the Illinois landscape, using acrylic and pastel. His paintings are a blend of the subject, the beauty of the medium, and his imagination. Paula (Smith) Charron is Duane’s daughter. Paula is a local graduate of Freeport High School and currently works as a middle school art teacher. She creates sculptural assemblages of reclaimed treasures. She is most interested in the contrast of shape and texture that creates a visual rhythm in her work. Peter Smith is Duane’s Grandson. Peter is an artist with Autism and his world is a world of images. From a young age, Peter would simply draw what he saw on TV, but with guidance from his art teacher, he began to develop his skills and apply new techniques through pen & ink, pastel , and watercolor. His work brings awareness and understanding about how art can serve as an effective avenue for self expression and communication for artists with Autism.