Discover Local Artists: Wayne and Sherry Stephens, Palm Beach Community College fine art instructors

Palm Beach Community College is exhibiting “And Four Decades Later…” at the Art Gallery at Eissey Campus, October 20 through November 25, with an opening reception on Tuesday, October 20.

“And four decades later…” takes a look back at 1969 and then jumps to the present, featuring the work of artists Wayne and Sherry Stephens as they celebrate four decades of art-making and marriage. The retrospective contrasts then and now, with samplings of their early work, which facilitates that trip back in time. Current photographs by Sherry and paintings by Wayne bring the show up to date.

The Stephens met while making art at Ohio State in the 1960s and currently teach fine arts at Palm Beach Community College.

Sherry and Wayne Stephens
Sherry and Wayne Stephens

Now is an exciting time for fine art photography, said Sherry Stephens, who embraces the digital revolution. “It’s a medium to enhance, or partner with, traditional photography,” she said. “I am constantly collecting images, with a camera and also by picking up unusual pieces of grass, leaves, flowers, or twigs to scan. Though I have no immediate intent, I know that a synthesis of images will take place later at some magical moment when my eye is fresh.”

Screaming Tree, fine art photography by Sherry Stephens
Screaming Tree, fine art photography by Sherry Stephens

Traditional subjects attract her — architectural textures and people going about their daily lives. As such, her hometown architecture and Ohio folks are featured in several of her current works. “I keep one foot firmly grounded on the rich soil of my past experiences and traditional techniques, my other foot moves me forward into the future,” she said.

Wayne Stephens describes his mixed media artworks as unplanned, impulsive and spontaneous, evolving from a heightened awareness of color, light, subtle textures and lines around him. “Line has become a physical, dimensional element, emerging from the color fields in some of my works,” he said.

Untitled mixed media and oil on canvas by Wayne Stephens
Untitled mixed media and oil on canvas by Wayne Stephens

Displaying the subtle interaction between the field of color, direction of natural or artificial light, and the physical lines formed when gravity acts on media, “there is no doubt that my works are an extension of my past, present, future,” he said.

Palm Beach Community College’s Gallery at Eissey Campus is located at 3160 PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.
For information, call 561-207-5015 or click here.

Compiled by Christine Davis for Discover Local Artists

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