Artist scrapes his way into Newton gallery

For Newton Now

After being told by art galleries that they had items painted in his style, Bob Neace began searching for a different way to make art with acrylics.

The thought occurred to him to start scraping and layering his paints with a credit card.

And so the creative seed for a series of paintings named ?Landscrapes,? was sewn.

The paintings will be on display from Sept. 17 to Nov. 12 at the Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St.?The?exhibit opening will be held Sept. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.

“I scrape paint on the canvas and then scrape it off, over and over again, layers and layers, scraped on and off until it’s right,” Neace said. “The old masters might frown a bit at my technique, but I love the creativity of it. I’m very pleased with the end result.”

The opening is part of the gallery’s Third Thursday activities, also featuring music by the NUTS (Newton Ukulele Tunes Society) and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public.

Neace has been a graphic designer and owner of Bob Neace Graphic Design, Wichita, for 36 years. He studied at Wichita State University and began painting with acrylics in 2012. Neace calls himself an All-American artist whose passions include baseball, American history and the great outdoors.

Regular gallery hours are?Tuesday?through?Friday, 12 to 5 p.m., and Saturday,?10 a.m. to 5 p.m.?The gallery is open every Third Thursday from6 to 8 p.m.?Admission is free, with donations welcome. For more information, call?316-284-2749.


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