Visual Arts + Museums

Frist Friday: William Denton Ray & Mary Lessing

When: Fri., June 3, 6-11 p.m. 2016

William Denton Ray, a painter and sculptor, is based out of the Harrison Center for the Arts. He cites his inspiration from artists like Basquiat, Picasso, Miro and styles found in graffiti and classic skateboard graphics. Mary Lessing noted that 30 percent of her work from this show will go to the Samaritan’s Purse charity. She also added to the Harrison Center Facebook page: “I make art because I have to. It is an integral part of who I am. When I am not creating, I am a depressed shell of a person that I do not recognize. Continuing to create means life to me … Inspiration for me comes mostly through music, film, other artists, and tattoo and punk culture. My favorite artists are Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, and Caravaggio. Movie characters from Wes Anderson movies in particular have been inspiring me lately. I think what fascinates me about them is how he conveys the deep sadness and hopefulness of nearly all of his characters. Although extreme, his characters really reflect on the complexity of life and of what it is to be human. We are all deeply flawed and we also all have a propensity for greatness.”

Price: Free.

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