Tucked away in a corner of the city I very rarely venture out to is a fantastic little art oasis -- the Paul Street Gallery at Titustown Recreation Center. Today marks the opening reception of Julie Stanton's solo show, "The Pursuit of Presence," running through August 24th.
A self-taught, military retiree who has been painting now for the past four years, Stanton explained that it was a love of painting fostered in High School art classes that led to picking up a brush again in her recent life. In her Artist Statement, she proclaims, " I make art because I can't help it. I have always been in love with the feeling I get when have the opportunity to know another soul." While the show features some sculpture work, as well as still life studies of various animals -- where Stanton really shines is in her portraiture work, which blends expressionist elements with traditional techniques. Many of her paintings focus on subjects who appear to have survived great trauma in order to arrive to the moment of her capture. There is pain equally matched with dignity and fortitude in these faces, and Stanton communicates fire and blood with every brush stroke.
You can see more of this work, most of which is available for sale at very reasonable prices, at the Paul Street Gallery. The Galley is part of the greater Titustown Recreation Center, which also serves as a hub for art instruction with many available classes. The center is easily found at 7545 Diven Street. and is open Monday through Friday, 10am-4pm, and on Saturdays: 10am-1pm.
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