By Lariena Nokes
Those who like abstract art were treated to vivid primary colors and bold shapes on March 6, at the Hutchinson Art Center, during a show by Scott Brown, an HCC art instructor.
“There is a mystery and a reason for the names of each painting,” Brown said. “I want people to figure it out.”
On the opposite side of the gallery, Brown’s digital prints sported names such as Spanky, Porky, Stymie, Wheezer, Alfalfa, Petey, Buckwheat, Breezy, Chubby, Froggy, Butch and Waldo.
“I am impressed. I am seeing a lot of things I did not know he made,” said Brown’s mother, Marty Devaul. “My son has always been an artist, since he was a little boy.”
The mystery theme was fun, having a great deal of youth and movement to it.
“I like Froggy,” Devaul said. “It’s colorful and bright and I like that.”
As the 200 people visiting the gallery looked carefully, many had opinions to share.
Brown and his wife, Michele, were the hosts. Their daughter Baily shared hosting duties with her parents and showed visitors around.
Jocelyn Woodson, Hutchinson, said, “With abstract, for me, I need to see the possibility of a story in it.”
In the reception area, snacks and drinks were served, as the side conversations centered on the art being displayed.
“I am really taken with the mobiles. They are very cool,” said Patsy Terrell. “I love the bright colors. It is hard to be anything but happy around bright art.”
Richard Scrogins, Hutchinson — a retired architect who had drawn the plans for each office in the Parker Student Union — said he was not fond of abstract art.
“I am not an advocate of that,” Scrogins said. “It’s all too ‘out there’ for me.”
Scrogins’ wife DeeAnne said, “There is nothing quiet about those.”
As the wine was poured, people’s views flowed freely, while laughter filled the halls.
“I really like the block prints by Scott Brown,” said Mike Welch, Hutchinson.
“My favorite is the Unnamed Chicken,” said Ronald Ratzlaugh. “It is the best.”
Brown’s show will be available for public viewing at the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 North Washington, until the end of March.