Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Father and Daughter Art Exhibit Opens This Week

Kerry Ellington and his daughter, Kim Ellington, will exhibit their first collection of fine art together at Easley’s Fine Art and Photography in Minden. The local artists will present their collection of work ‘Keeping it in the Family” which will include a large collection of original paintings and sculptures. Kerry Ellington an accomplished and much sought after sculptor will present one of the largest selection of his sculpted faces to his hometown during the months of November and December. While ‘keeping it in the family’ he is joined by a new and emerging artist, his daughter, Kimberly.

Kerry paired up with professional sculpture Larry Milford and the two presented their works at an exclusive art show with the Bossier Arts Council a couple of years ago. Since that time, Kerry has aggressively pursued his passion for the arts and left his full time job in Shreveport to take up his art full time. “Cultural Crossroads played a big part in my art development,” state Kerry. “ I signed up for a clay workshop they sponsored a few years back and Larry Milford was the instructor,” he adds. “From that time on, Larry has been generous with his time and knowledge and I will be forever grateful for that.” When asked to comment about Kerry Ellington’s work, Larry Milford offered his praise saying that ‘down the road, you’ll regret not acquiring an Ellington original.’ “Kerry Ellington’s style from realism to distortion includes an array of sculpted faces of everyday people,” Milford adds. “They have a tendency to look like someone you know. I think his work is really going to move. I could not be prouder of him.”

Kimberly Ellington has her own story. As a Children’s Center alumni, she offers up thanks to Chris Broussard for some of her early exposure to the arts. “Mrs. Chris taught me the basics of shading and my high school art teacher, Mrs. Sandra Brown, gave direction and art instruction that helped to define my style,” states Kimberly. “I’m not surprised that Kimberly has pursued a career in the arts. She showed real talent as a child. I am so proud of her,” comments Chris Broussard.

Cultural Crossroads has teamed up with Easley Fine Arts to present the duo to the community on Thursday, Nov. 7th as the new exhibit opens to the public. A reception honoring the artists will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6th from 5:30pm to 9:30pm and the public is cordially invited. Live music will be provided by local musician and singer, Cynthia Sandidge. “I am so excited about this exhibit, “ adds Kerry Easley, owner of Easley Fine Arts. “Exposing Minden and the surrounding communities to the local talent that exists in our parish gives me great pride. We hope that we are opening the doors to more opportunities to celebrate the works of our new and existing artists. This is going to be a great show and I am personally inviting the public to our opening reception this Thursday,” concludes Easley.

Easley Fine Arts is located on Main Street in downtown Minden. Gallery hours are 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. More information about the artists and their works can be found on Cultural Crossroads blog at www.artsinminden.com.

You can contact the Easley Fine Art Gallery at 318-377-1500.

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