June 7, 2013

Aft and Melton open art show tonight

Submitted by event organizers

— The art show “Life on Canvas” by David Aft and Pauline Melton opens tonight at 6:30 at Michael’s Fine Art and Framing with a reception held in conjunction with the community’s First Friday art exhibitions.

Michael’s Fine Art and Framing is at 1325 Dug Gap Road in Dalton. “Life on Canvas” is on display until the end of July.

Both are noted artists living in Dalton. According to gallery owner Michael Thacker, Aft and Melton’s paintings reflect a variety of subject matter from the whimsical to more serious.

“We enjoy working with David and Pauline,” Thacker said. “They always have an interesting and unusual interpretation of everyday images and situations. Their art is fun and sometimes a little provocative.”

Melton is known for her paintings of people and the human form.

“With each painting, I try and find the strength and softness of the subject,” Melton said. “I am drawn to subject matter that conveys emotion or tells a story. It is always interesting what people respond to. We are excited about showing our work and honored to be part of Dalton’s growing arts community.”

Aft’s paintings are usually described as impressionistic, with color and brushwork playing a key role in works whose subject matter covers a wide variety of life.

“My recent work has touched upon some political themes and reflections of our modern world,” Aft said. “But people who are familiar with my work will also enjoy my newest set of paintings featuring dancers and musicians.”

The show’s title, “Life on Canvas,” reflects the exhibition’s breadth of subject matter. Attendees will see a variety of images and activities captured in painting. Lights and darks, color and black and white, children and adults, softness and tension — in a word — life.

“For many years now, our gallery has featured some of the region’s most interesting up and coming artists,” Thacker said. “Artists change monthly and patrons can usually find a wonderful variety of art and other decorative items at our gallery.”

Aft and Melton will display more than 30 new oil paintings. None have ever been shown in public.