310 S. Laura
Featured Artists: Heather Byers & Dallas Dodge
Exhibition Hours: 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Title of Exhibition: Art House 310 First Friday - Heather Byers & Dallas Dodge
Opening Reception: First Friday December 3rd, 2021 6-10pm
HEATHER BYERS Artist Statement: I see the world around me; plants, people, patterns and find that much fascinates me. I observe details: small lines or gradual color transitions on a face or a flower capture my attention and compel me to share. Still, it can be easy for quiet images to get lost among the noise. That is why, in my work, I make subjects bigger. I make colors surprising and bold. I am heavy-handed with outlines so you see exactly what I want to show you.
My desire to share is precisely why public art has become my passion. I use vivid paints to steal the attention of passersby. My art is made to be seen in casual settings, accessible to anyone who would pay attention.
Artist Bio: Wichita-based muralist, Heather Byers, has been painting professionally since 2017. As with many visual artists, drawing and painting has been a lifelong pursuit. These days, Heather blends her painting skills with a growing interest in community engagement to create an ideal focus on murals and public art.
By using bold colors and outlines, Heather expertly draws the viewer's attention to fairly common subjects. Whether on the exterior of a building or inside a small business, her work creates a bright atmosphere. Recently, Heather has completed large projects for the City of Wichita Parks Department and Newman University.
See more of Heather's work online at https://www.heatherbyers.art, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2dheatherb and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/2dheatherb/
DALLAS DODGE At first glance, Dallas Dodge's work appears as just a menagerie of cartoonish characters and/or tongue-in-cheek comedy. It would be easy to overlook any current of serious expression in his absurd aliens and other fanciful pieces. However, having once been a rodeo clown, Dallas is keenly aware of the fact that comedy often lives on a fine edge from far more serious work. Humor can be the vehicle that takes the edge off deeper concerns. His good sense of humor notwithstanding, Dallas' work is largely, like most art, about himself and his ideas. Although he understands what some of his pieces are saying, others are not so clear. Nevertheless, he uses humorous figures the way other artists might use lines, shapes, or color to express their emotions.
See more of Dallas's work on Instagram: instagram.com/dallasdodgeart
Full Exhibition: December 3rd - 23rd