The August Show at Justus Wonderful Art Gallery contemplates mother nature and connection with a assortment of new ceramic get the job done by Michael Ashley, pictures by George Chambers, paintings by Tony Saladino, and watercolors by Michael Reagan, a news launch said.

Added perform by Robyn Horn, Sandra Sell, Gene Sparling, and others will also be on show during the exhibition.

A reception will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday as portion of Gallery Wander. The exhibit will be on display Friday through Aug. 31.

Increasing up in Springfield, Mo., Ashley “spent his childhood actively playing in rivers, creeks and discovering the complex landscape of the Ozarks,” a news launch reported. Following graduating from the University of the Ozarks with a B.A. in Painting and Ceramics, Ashley did a one particular-12 months residency at Tainan Countrywide University of the Arts in Taiwan. He concluded his M.F.A. in 2010 at the College of Mississippi and now shares his know-how instructing at the Faculty of the Ozarks in Branson, Mo.

Applying atmospheric strategies like wooden, salt, and soda, his ceramic work demonstrates an aged and weathered skin reminiscent of historic artifacts. “I strive to make possibilities for men and women to pause and mirror by adapting practical and utilitarian handmade objects into times of serenity and meditation,” Ashley claimed in the release.

“My work invitations touch, like a stone plucked from a riverbed. I enjoy pots that are easy in the hand but have a rugged, natural elegance. I notice a constant erosion and evaporation that takes spot at the river’s edge. I attempt for layers of visual depth combining sheen, matte and ashy, crackled surfaces to recall this geological wearing. …,” he mentioned.

A variety of Chambers’ landscape photos, most of which are from the Major Bend Nationwide Park in Texas, will be showcased throughout the August exhibit. Chambers chooses to concentration on the landscape in an try to “glimpse beneath the symbolic language we overlay the planet with and glimpse what is actually there.”

“Location a little human confront someplace in the landscape and the eye will discover it instantly. Any text in the scene and the eye needs to study it. Keeping away from these symbols, I consider to make a blank slate that is even now visually dynamic, main the eye into ever further levels of textures and depth. If the viewer connects with the image, they venture their personal feelings and meanings onto the piece. I’m offering this lovely little bit of chaos I found back again there,” Chambers mentioned.

Chambers acquired a B.A. in professional images from the Brooks Institute of Photography in California and at this time maintains an lively studio in Small Rock. His do the job has been provided in a range of team and solo exhibitions, including Beyond Symbol (solo show) at the Baum Gallery of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway in 1999 Little Functions on Paper (2003, 2002, 2001, 1998) structured by the Arkansas Arts Council Visible Anthropology: Welcome to our Neighborhoods (group show) at the Laman Public Library in North Small Rock.

A collection of Reagan’s watercolor “paintings of quietude” will be highlighted in the course of the August exhibit. “As a very highly regarded artist and illustrator, Reagan’s function is integrated in quite a few notable collections,” the launch said, including The Map and Atlas Museum in La Jolla, Calif., (the museum owns 225 of Reagan’s primary maps) The Library of Congress the National Park Services The Nationwide Zoo The Peace Corps The Nature Conservancy Tampa Record Heart The Nationwide Archives San Diego Zoo Alleghany Path Alliance Heifer Job Ducks Unlimited Jane Katcher Selection of Americana Florida Wildlife Initiative Napa Valley Appellations Architectural Layout Guild Freer Gallery Christie’s Patagonia The Coca-Cola Corporation McDonald’s and American Airlines.

Clientele have incorporated National Geographic, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, Audubon, Outdoors, Harper’s, On Earth, The New York Occasions, Los Angeles Situations, Washington Write-up, Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Journey & Leisure, Orion, Bon Appétit, and South Dakota Magazine.

Reagan has also worked with e-book publishers, together with Doubleday, Time-Everyday living Books, Very little Brown, Harcourt Brace, Classic Guides, St. Martin’s Press, Chronicle Publications, Bloomsbury Kid’s Publications, McGraw Hill, Avon Textbooks, and Marshall Cavendish.

Exhibitions of Regan’s paintings have provided Gallery C, Raleigh, North Carolina (solo exhibit 2020 — “Falling”) The Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla California and The Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, N.C. (solo exhibit 2018). Reagan was born in El Dorado and attained a B.A. in Art and American Literature, together with a M.F.A. from the College of Arkansas. Reagan served in the U.S. Navy and then with the Peace Corps at the Ivory Coastline in West Africa. He has labored as an artist and illustrator for more than 40 a long time. He and his wife, Christine, also an artist, now dwell with their dog, Becky Thatcher, in the mountains of western North Carolina.

“My watercolor paintings are what I know — the woods, the mountains, the rivers, lakes, oceans, and birds. A emotion stirred by a bird contacting at twilight, or the scent of wood smoke on the wind, or the reflection of a passing hawk on the h2o, or the terrific stillness of the mountains we are living in. Rivers. Lakes. Remote camp scenes. Barns. Stillness. Moments of time stopped. In solitude there is not often peace, but there is pretty much usually attractiveness and fact,” Reagan explained.

Saladino is “very revered for his expressive abstracts, landscapes, however lifestyle constructions, and printmaking,” the launch mentioned.

His perform has been involved in community and personal collections including the collections of Tyson Foodstuff, Bicardi Confined, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, the University of Wisconsin, the College of Dallas, the Museum of Art and Archaeology of the College of Missouri, and the Museum of International Artwork in Brazil. Saladino has also been featured in The New York Periods, Southwest Art Journal, The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist Journal, the Ideal of Sketching and Drawing by Rockport Publishers, Enrich Your Paintings with Texture by David Band of North Light Textbooks, together with many other publications. Saladino earned a B.S. from Louisiana Condition University in New Orleans. The artist currently resides in Hurst, Texas.

“I want just about every piece to have a spatial energy that compels a viewer to seem. I want the pictures to be universal plenty of to be powerful,” Saladino said in the launch.

Owned by artist Dolores Justus, Justus Fine Artwork Gallery, 827-A Central Ave., is open up from 5-9 p.m. the initial Friday of each individual month in downtown Hot Springs. Hrs are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday by Saturday and by appointment. Contact 501-321-2335 or stop by for additional facts.

“Winter Camp VI” by Michael Francis Reagan.

“Ode to Joy V” by Tony Saladino.

“Ode to Pleasure V” by Tony Saladino.

“Vessel” by Michael Ashley.

“Vessel” by Michael Ashley.