Local artists will hold Friday show to benefit Lincoln School

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Art works courtesy of C. David Swanson

A painting by Joe Fay.

“Going Home (Near Suce Creek),” a painting by C. David Swanson.

Livingston artists Joe Fay and C. David Swanson are doing a two-man show called “Polar Express,” which premiers 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 at the Lincoln School Gallery (main floor, 215 E. Lewis St.).

The sharply contrasting painting styles of Fay and Swanson will provide plenty of contextual space for conversation, according to a Swanson Studios press release.

There will be wholesome refreshments of the Christmas cheer variety. A portion of each sale will go to the Lincoln School Foundation.

Fay’s art is very colorful, with images influenced by primitive art such as Gaelic and Native American designs and drawings. Originally from Newport, Rhode Island, he attended the Rhode Island School of Design before moving to California, where he graduated from San Diego State University. After graduation, he moved to Venice, California and taught at USC and Otis Art Institute. In the late 80s he was artist in residence in Yellowstone National Park for several years. Joe Fay’s art work is in museum, private and corporate collections in the U.S. and Europe. Currently he exhibits at Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica and 188 Art in Shanghai and Tsingtao China. Locally his art can be seen at The Frame Garden Gallery where he most recently exhibited.

C. David Swanson is an award-winning contemporary realist painter who evocatively depicts the American West in oil and watercolor, according to the release. Diverse subjects of his representational paintings include grain elevators, rail yards, land- and structure-scapes. Born and raised in Illinois, Swanson studied at the Chicago Art Institute during the tumultuous late sixties before moving to Los Angeles and becoming a recording artist. He returned to fine art in 1997. From 2009 to 2012 his “Sweat & Steel” exhibit, sponsored by the Livingston Depot Museum, toured Montana. Swanson has exhibited locally and nationally since moving to Livingston in 1999. His art can be seen locally at The Frame Garden Gallery, Two Rivers Gallery in Big Timber, and the Livingston Center for Art & Culture.

“Polar Express” is an opportunity to view the work of these two artists, and purchase a piece of their art for home or office.

For more information, call 222-3409 or 223-8147.