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Reception For Art Show Is Friday At Living Room Gallery

A new addition to the arts scene in the Valley is the Living Room Gallery, located at 112 Main Street right next to Yalobusha Brewery. Owned by Erin Austen Abbott who also owns Amelia Presents, this new gallery will offer retail, classes and workshops, in addition to exhibition space. 

In fact, Amelia Presents is moving its operations from Oxford to Water Valley in June to this very location. The first exhibit to run in the new gallery was early work from Glennray Tutor, and this month, is Flesh/Spirit by Oxford artist, Jonathan Kent Adams. Adams’ work is familiar to many Oxonians as he has regularly shown at the annual One Night Stand Motel Art Show as well as several pop shows in the last few years. 

Adams is a graduate from the Art Department at the University of Missis-sippi, and his paintings of the human figure are breathtaking, stunning and compelling. Adams knows how to render the human form in a way few artists do. The sensitivity and emotion put into each portrait speaks volumes.  But his talent does not stop at portraits. All his work, including his still life, are beautiful compositions combining color and layers in his own unique way. 

The Living Room Gallery is anchored by a signature Pacific Blue Sven couch that is designed by the Canadian company, Article. The idea is that Abbott will change out accessories around the couch for each show to complement the work hanging in the gallery, but the sofa will remain as a part of the space and become a part of each installation. With Abbott’s knack for design, this idea seems a perfect fusion of her design store, Amelia Presents and background in fine art. 

A talented photographer in her own right, Abbott knows art, and her choice to open the gallery with art superstar Glennray Tutor was a great one. Following it up with a much younger emerging artist as talented as Adams makes me excited to see whom she has lined up for the next show. The reception for Adams’ show is scheduled Friday, May 12, from 6 to 9 pm. 

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