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‘Look at that Face! – An Exhibit in Portraiture’ shows in Exeter thru March 31

‘Look at that Face! – An Exhibit in Portraiture’ shows in Exeter thru March 31

Courthouse Gallery’s new show features portraiture by three artists 


EXETER – The newest art show is really in your face, or at least the face of someone you might now. The Exeter Courthouse Gallery’s new show, ‘Look at that Face! – An Exhibit in Portraiture,” features the facial features of real-life subjects exquisitely captured by three renowned portraiture artists, LaVone Sterling, Ellen Milinich, and Lynn Hock-Napoli.

Sterling is an internationally published, award-winning artist who lives with her husband in Visalia. She comes from many generations of artists, painters, and musicians. Her first art teacher was her aunt, Eunice Sargent. They lived in the San Francisco Bay area and spent weekends at art galleries and museums, and painting in the park.

“Cutie Pie” by Lavone Sterling.

“Cutie Pie” by Lavone Sterling

Early on, Sterling admired the work of John Singer Sargent and the way he captured light in his portraits and landscapes. It is this phenomenon of light and its dra­matic affect that fueled her artistic passion toward painting with oil and pastel. She considers capturing the illusion of light a magical retreat into the painting, giving it life and a peacefulness. Sterling is currently represented by A Sense of Place Art Gallery in Fresno. Her web site is www.lavonesterlingfineart.com.

“Portrait of Shelley” by Ellen Milinich

“Portrait of Shelley” by Ellen Milinich

Milinich is self-taught, learning from her artistic family, books, and magazines. Her father, an art teacher, often said her talent came naturally because she was “born with it!” She too has been featured in many publications and magazines, and has shown her work in many competitions and galleries. 

A nurse by profession, Milinich finds time to paint on commission by working from photographs. This gives her the freedom to pick up a pencil or charcoal and work as she has the time. She looks for good lighting with shadows, and an interesting pose with good resolution in the photos to achieve the quality work she achieves. Milinich’s work can be seen on www.Facebook.com/ellenscharcoalportraits.

Hock-Napoli is a portrait and figure painter who comes from a family of artists. Her grandmother Betty McGinnis spent time training her in fine art and the late Lorraine Walter was a mentor, sharing her skills and knowledge with Lynn. 

Working in both oils and pastels, Hock-Napoli works in the traditional romantic style. Inspired by the Old Masters, her portraits reveal the beauty of her subject’s spirit and a true expression of who that person is comes through in each portrait. 

“Angelina” by Lynn Hock-Napoli

“Angelina” by Lynn Hock-Napoli

Hock-Napoli is currently represented by Studio 74 in Fresno and has her work in the Fresno Art Museum’s newly opened gift store. She and her husband are raisin growers near Fowler where Hock-Napoli has her studio in a renovated 1890s wood barn. Her web site is at www.napoliportraits.com.

The Opening Reception for this exhibit will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. It is free and open to the public. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served and Hock-Napoli will do an art demo at the reception, 

The show will run from Feb. 2 through March 31 during gallery hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The Exeter Courthouse Gallery is located at 125 S. B Street in Exeter. For more information, call 559-592-5900.

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