The May exhibit at Justus Fine Art Gallery will highlight a selection of new paintings by John Lasater, along with work by Beverly Buys, Matthew Hasty, Jeri Hillis, Robyn Horn, Sammy Peters, Sandra Sell, Gary Simmons, Gene Sparling, and others. The show will open with a reception from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, May 3, in conjunction with the monthly Gallery Walk in downtown Hot Springs. The exhibit will be on display May 3-31, 2019.   

John P. Lasater IV developed a love for art while working as a designer and illustrator for a division of Hallmark Cards. Fine art was a natural transition after years of study and practice. Lasater now paints full time, both from his studio in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and on the road painting “en plein air.” He also teaches workshops in venues around the United States and internationally. Lasater’s honors include national plein air painting awards, artist-in-residency’s, feature articles in both Southwest Art and Plein Air Magazine, and acknowledgements in art magazines including Art of the West, Southwest Art, International Artist, and Plein Air Magazine

I make simple visual statements with my artwork, regardless of the subject matter. Simplicity is peaceful, and reinforces the blessing of our existence. Through the medium of oil paint, I have a language for my gratitude. - John P. Lasater IV 

A sampling of Beverly Buy’s Delta in Blue cyanotype photographs will be included in the May exhibit, along with the textural abstractions of Sammy Peter’s paintings, and the luminous landscapes of Matthew Hasty. Wood sculptures by  Robyn Horn and Sandra Sell will also be on display with woodturning work by Gene Sparling. Mixed media works by Jeri Hillis, pen and ink by Gary Simmons, and work by additional artists will also be showcased in the exhibit,  

Owned by artist Dolores Justus, Justus Fine Art Gallery offers a wide range of original art including sculpture, paintings, ceramics, photography, and more by recognized artists. Opening receptions are held in conjunction with the Hot Springs Gallery Walk held from 5-9 p.m. the first Friday of every month in downtown Hot Springs. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment. Justus Fine Art Gallery is located at 827 A Central Avenue in Hot Springs, Arkansas. For more information, call 501-321-2335 or visit online at justusfineart.com