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purcellKevin Stark’s artwork is seen around the globe; in colorful book illustrations, eye-popping event posters, popular action figures, and his undeniably unique paintings of mature women. When his busy life allows, Stark opts to paint women of years, honoring the beauty and strength etched in their faces.

On April 3, Stark opened his latest entrepreneurial venture, Stark Art Gallery - a creative environment where his own art comes to life and his work, and that of select others, fill the walls of this historic building. The gallery is also an intimate venue for his band Squeaky Burger and a gathering place for talented souls.

Current exhibits include the magical mosaics of Robin Criss-Praytor. “I have always been intrigued by chaos and broken things,” she says of her artistic motivation. “They can be beautiful, painful, whimsical and foreboding.” Criss-Praytor’s work speaks of color and contrast, reflections of life, the Humpty-Dumpty theory revealed in its most attractive state. From multi-colored “Mania”, to the symphony of black and red in “Red Rhapsody”, she weaves the shattered remains of everyday items such as plates, tiles, mirrors, and coffee cups into things appealingly original.

Perhaps because of her strong Native American heritage, Gigi Webb’s photography focuses on the fickleness of nature. The Washita Series captures the river’s seasonal dance as it greets the whims of weather. Her Fog Series reveals the soundless peace of misty mornings and dewy dusks. Though most of Webb’s work maintains the reality of the captured moment, her Rural America Series places a gentle, surreal touch on the scenes of small town living. “I spent years in big cities, so, truthfully, everyday life in the country strikes me as somewhat surreal, which I strive to express in this Rockwellesque series.”

Cole Gallup explains the form and technique of his startlingly stunning collages this way, “Each piece is on one plain and only employs paper, fabric and glue. No ink is used, no paint applied; no computer editing or re-imaging…just paper within paper – not paper on paper. For each shape I cut out, there is another to be cut in, fitting precisely together to generate the illusion.” He captures the essence of people in moments of daily life. None of his portraits appear contrived; they seem to flow from a profound personal spring. Gallup is also a poet and this talent is depicted seductively in his art.

Also on exhibit is the child-like brilliance of Bobby Reeves whose work is deceptively simple. Reeves tells of his fascination with what makes things tick and this curiosity unfolds within his fascinating paintings. At first glance, his art strongly suggests the crayon drawing of a child, but there is something that demands a second, more thoughtful look. Acrylic and conté are frequently his mediums of choice which gives pieces like Dobber & Lexie in the Sky with Diamonds a kindergarten joyfulness and leave the viewer entranced.

Stark Art Gallery is located at 211 South Chickasaw in Pauls Valley. Call 405/238-5852 and visit to see what special events are scheduled.

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