Adrian Deckbar’s photorealistic paintings are focused on the natural world with a concern for its preservation. She breaks down elements in the landscape to dramatize the play of direct sunlight on forms and shapes. The artist earned a B.A. in painting and drawing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, along with a M.A. from San Francisco State University where she was greatly influenced by photorealistic painter Robert Bechtle. She went on to earn a M.F.A. at Tulane University and at the same time Deckbar was presenting her first solo show at a major museum. Her work is included in private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad, including a recent acquisition of her work by the Alexandria Museum of Art. Deckbar’s paintings have appeared in numerous one-person and juried exhibitions across the US. She has received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pollack Krasner Foundation, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation. In 2008, Deckbar published a book of her work with a grant from Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, Continuum: Moving Through A Still Frame.
A selection of Dennis McCann’s intricate pastel drawings will be featured in the December exhibit. His work has been included in numerous regional and national exhibitions, including Art Basel/Spectrum, in Miami, Florida, 2016; the 59th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, 2017; 2019 RAM Invitational at the Fort Smith Art Museum in Fort Smith, Arkansas; the 2019 National Exhibition: Reflections in Pastel in Little Rock, Arkansas; Dennis McCann: A History, solo exhibition at the Laman Library Argenta Gallery, 2015; and many others. Along with participating in more than 200 exhibitions, his work is also included in many private and corporate collections. McCann earned B.A., B.S.E., and M.A. degrees from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.
Tony Saladino is highly respected for his expressive abstracts, landscapes, still life constructions, and printmaking. His work has been included in notable public and private collections including the collections of Tyson Foods, Bicardi Limited, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Dallas, the Museum of Art and Archaeology of the University of Missouri, and the Museum of International Art in Brazil. Saladino has also been featured in The New York Times, Southwest Art Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist Magazine, the Best of Sketching and Drawing by Rockport Publishers, Enrich Your Paintings with Texture by David Band of North Light Books, along with many other publications.
Owned by artist Dolores Justus, Justus Fine Art Gallery offers a wide range of original art including sculpture, paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography, and more by recognized artists. Opening receptions are held in conjunction with the Hot Springs Gallery Walk held from 5-9 p.m. the first Friday of every month in downtown Hot Springs. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday and by appointment. Justus Fine Art Gallery is located at 827 A Central Avenue in Hot Springs, Arkansas. For more information, call 501-321-2335 or visit online at justusfineart.com.