Dennis K. Smith’s “Then Came Colour” now on exhibit at The Gibson Gallery

 

 

Area artist Dennis K. Smith is presenting an exhibit of his work at the Gibson Gallery. “Then Came Colour” runs through July 6.

Area artist Dennis K. Smith is presenting an exhibit of his work at the Gibson Gallery. “Then Came Colour” runs through July 6.

By Ron Giofu

 

Dennis K. Smith has been an artist for most of his life and had one of his first exhibits at the Gibson Gallery.

Now, the 63-year-old has returned with his latest exhibit “Then Came Colour” which runs through July 6.

Smith explained that some of his earlier works were a series of pen-and-ink drawings with those occupying a section of the exhibit. Smith, who is originally from Harrow and now lives in LaSalle, would “break off” into colour and start painting, primarily in acrylics but also some watercolours.

“It is kind of looking back on what I’ve done and where I’m at now,” said Smith.

Music is one of the common themes in Smith’s work but he has moved into doing some still life work as well. His “Music Within” series is part of the “Then Came Colour” exhibit. He said he likes expressing himself through his paintings and his work also has to connect with him.

“It’s got to mean something to me or capture my attention,” he stated. “I love to have a story in my paintings.”

Smith retired after over 35 years at Chrysler but has been an artist for over 50 years. He said being an artist is his method of communicating.

“That was my way of speaking,” he said.

In addition to the Gibson Gallery being one of the first places he exhibited, Smith said he also likes trains and the gallery’s past history as a Michigan Central Railroad station.

“It’s a very nice, comfortable gallery,” he added.

The Gibson Gallery is located 140 Richmond St. and is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For further information, call 519-736-2826 or visit www.gibsonartgallery.com.

 

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