2016 Spring Show
April 10 - May 26
Dali, Benton—names everyone aware of American art knows—are being showcased as new possessions of the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art at Central Methodist University in Fayette in the Spring 2016 show.
Following the stunning foray into northeastern Brazilian art this winter, the fare for spring will be from a variety of North American artists and shown or gifted by several individuals.
The new show will open in the gallery with an artist reception on Sunday, April 10, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the gallery. One well known Thomas Hart Benton piece will be shown for the first time in the gallery—the lithograph "Frankie and Johnnie" from the collection of the late Jasper and Elizabeth Meals.
Also shown for the first time in the gallery are six signed lithographs and prints by renowned artist Salvador Dali, donated to the gallery by Dr. John E. Hutcherson. They will be on display again next fall with a collection of more than three dozen other pieces of art donated by Dr. Hutcherson, who graduated from Central in 1956, went on to have a long and successful medical career as a cardiologist, and has served on Central's Board of Trustees. He lives in Englewood, Colo.
The largest gathering of this spring show, however, will be a collection of nearly 40 works by husband and wife artists, Chris and Sara Fletcher.
Sara Fletcher grew up in Western New York state. She earned her MFA in painting at the University of Iowa. Recently her works were displayed at Prince Street Gallery in New York City and at the Sidney Larson Gallery at Columbia College in Columbia, Mo. She has also shown at the Strohl Art Center in Chautauqua, N.Y., Mamaroneck Artists Guild in Larchmont, N.Y., and Nelson Gallery in Lexington, Va.
Sara is an adjunct instructor of drawing and painting at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and this semester she is a visiting instructor at Columbia College.
Chris Fletcher grew up in Lawrence, Kan., and Columbia, Mo. He earned his MFA in painting at American University and his BFA in painting at the Kansas City Art Institute.
He has recently shown his work at Blue Mountain Gallery and Prince Street Gallery, both in New York City, Imago Gallery in Columbia, Mo., and the University of Missouri – Columbia Museum of Art and Archaeology.
Chris teaches art appreciation and modern art as an adjunct instructor at State Fair Community College in Sedalia and Boonville, Mo.; and he teaches drawing and painting as an adjunct instructor at Stephens College. He is a member of the Midwest Paint Group.
The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art is open on Sunday and Tuesday – Thursday weekly, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Admission is free. This show will last through June 10. For more information on the show or the gallery, contact the curator, Denise Gebhardt, or the supervisor of the collection, Dr. Joe Geist, at 660-248-6304, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.