Throughout March, Brush Strokes Gallery will feature “Passages,” an exhibit of paintings by guest artist Scott DeHaven. Scott says that he has been sketching and drawing since his childhood and recalls that, as a boy, he was fascinated with flight and the emerging Space program with its pioneering astronauts.
In 2012, the threshold a new arena of artistic expression opened for him when his wife Christy—a potter at LibertyTown Arts Workshop--suggested that he take an oil-painting class with Bill Harris. With that, his creations took on new, powerful life with vibrant colors and styles that ranged from realism to impressionism.
Within the last eight years, Scott has produced more than 100 paintings, in some of which he invested as much as 50 hours, on canvases that range from 9 x 12 inches to 36 x 36 and 30 x 40 inches.
In his “Passages” exhibit, which he describes as a tribute “to people and the passing of time,” DeHaven celebrates athletes and entertainers and trailblazers that embodied the spirit of an era of “The Greats.” Among the Greats in Scott’s life was the model of his father, an accomplished engineer and pilot, who augmented his fascination with flight and space exploration.
The March exhibit will feature paintings from a select body of work, that includes portrayals of Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, baseball
greats Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson, as well as some classic vehicles including his own Porsche and a World War II fighter plane, the Mustang.
DeHaven says that, in addition to the emotion and personality of his subjects that he strives to capture in his paintings, he often adds an element of humor, especially in the titles he gives to his works. “Passages” will feature paintings from a collection with names such as “Mustang Sally” and “Come Fly with Me,” as well as a painting of the black and white baseball stars titled “The Robinson Brothers.” In addition, an action-packed painting of a manager and umpire in a heated argument is dubbed “Gentlemen’s Disagreement.”
DeHaven typically directs the proceeds from his exhibits to a non-profit organization, and profits from “Passages” will be donated to Safe Paws, a Spotsylvania/Fredericksburg partnership for animal welfare and safety.
Scott DeHaven’s “Passages” exhibit will be featured at Brush Strokes Gallery from March 2 through March 29. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet and chat with Scott and gallery artists at the exhibit’s opening reception on “First Friday,” March 6 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Visit Brush Strokes Gallery at 824 Caroline Street, open daily from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm