What does it mean to be "Native to this Place"? This place, North Central Texas, our corner of the universe, that is changing right before our eyes? Join us in the Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall from January 12 through February 15 as three local artists, Pam Smith, Marie Maines, and Ray Maines, share their interpretations of the phrase "native to this place." The Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall is open Tuesday – Friday from 10am – 4pm and the first Saturday of each month.
Meet the artists.
Like so many who travel on an artistic path, Pam Smith’s journey began when she was a child known as the "Drawing Maiden" in the Campfire Girls. Art was then, and is now, her passion. Like so many, her journey took her on other paths, and it wasn’t until she was more mature that she returned to expressing herself through visual art. Twelve years living overseas broadened her horizons and rekindled her desire to express herself artistically. She shares her view of the world through the immediacy and vibrancy of pastels and acrylics. Both mediums, in her opinion, live and invite creative expression and bring her view of the world to others.
What’s native to this place rekindled Smith’s artistic spirit. The big spaces, vast skies, fluffy clouds, interesting animals, people, and history of Texas have contributed to bringing her art alive. Like some of her art, there are still wild and wonderful aspects of Texas.
Marie Maines was born, raised, and educated in Kentucky, receiving her BS from Murray State University in 1959. She retired after 25 years of teaching to become a full-time artist. Marie and her husband, Ray, travel both in and out of the country gleaning material for paintings, primarily landscapes containing architectural structures.
Marie says, "I recently came across an interesting phrase in a book by Richard Rohr (Falling Upward). This phrase, bright sadness, seems to describe my current life status, as I embark on official old age, at least numerically. It also describes my emotions as I come across the structures that have inspired many of my recent paintings. The particular buildings that inspire me are usually uninhabited at the moment, but still speak of the lives lived inside them. They embody the phrase, bright sadness, as they seem to be waiting patiently, expectantly - ready for those lives to begin again."
Ray Maines is a retired commercial photographer with a BS in Illustrative Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. After a career in national advertising, editorial, and catalogue photography, he has now returned to fine art photography.
Maines’ work is primarily in the digital format, both black and white and color. While his current work is digital, he also works from film negatives which were produced prior to the time of his conversion to digital imaging. They are scanned and utilized digitally.
While his finished work is produced in the digital darkroom, all the usual photographic techniques are employed. In addition, some of the images are further manipulated in Photoshop and with other software, using techniques only available in a digital format.