[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]“Arkansas, As Is”, an exhibit of recent acrylic paintings by Daniel Coston, will be featured March 20 through May 9 at Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock. The opening night reception will be March 20 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to see this show, meet Coston and enjoy some light refreshments.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_slide” interval=”5″ images=”37440,37441,37442,37443″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Coston said he never tries to represent the rural scenery with a “halo”. “Always painting scenes with bright, golden sunshine glimmering off old home places wouldn’t seem true to me,” he explained. “Portraying a variety of structures with a range of seasons, weather, and conditions seems more appropriate and true to how life really is. And whatever I come upon and see is fair game for my paintings. I enjoy painting fields, graveyards, historic churches, rusting vehicles, stores, cotton gins and a myriad other things with equal interest.

“Sometimes,” he said, “I paint a scene ‘the way it was’ but mostly, I’m showing how things are in the present. Satisfaction for me comes from including enough visual facts and clues to relate each painting to a specific reality (past or present), without being boring to the point of ‘just the facts, ma’am.’

“Whatever memories my work evokes will be up to the viewer and no doubt will vary.” Coston said. “I hope to respectfully render the places where regular folks lived and worked and, just maybe, remind us contemporaries that those lives mattered as well. Being aware of the past helps me evaluate the present.”

Regular gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Daniel Coston is a native of Monticello. He completed his BA in Art from Harding University in 1968.

He predominantly paints with acrylic, but his style is influenced by Eakins, Hopper, and Wyeth.

Coston has had solo shows at Cantrell Gallery (Little Rock) and Aerie Art (Rehoboth Beach, DE). His paintings are in numerous public and private collections and included in the Arkansas Arts Center’s Delta Exhibition. He lives and works in Fayetteville, Arkansas.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]