First Thursday continues at Fayetteville Underground

“Palette” by Jan Gosnell


While First Thursday Fayetteville on the Square has wound down for the winter, the Fayetteville Underground will continue hosting monthly receptions every first Thursday throughout the winter months.

This month, Oklahoma artist Robert Shinn brings his Retro-Futurism to Fayetteville as part of the Underground’s visiting artist series. A multi-disciplinary artist, Shinn puts his many talents to work in his mixed media and found-object sculpture assemblages addressing the connection between man and technology.

“In my lifetime, man has become quite dependent on devices to serve him,” Shinn said. “Devices to hear better, see better, think better, and recall better. I show this in my work by attaching all these devices to man to demonstrate how he is becoming a little more mechanical and possibly a little less human.”

Also in November, the Underground highlights member artist Jan Gosnell’s newest body of work, The Palette as Subject. The exhibit will feature two dozen paintings in which Gosnell investigates various aspects of the tool most painters use without much thought regarding the actual object – the palette itself.

“When painting a palette, it is my desire to paint this subject with integrity,” Gosnell said. “Consequently, the surface of each pictured palette is mostly the actual field upon which my color choices are laid out and mixed. With a minimum of artistic facility and a maximum of functional application, the resulting products are actual portraits of my palettes.”

The Underground continues its partnership with May Bell Music this month to bring live acoustic performances into the space. November’s First Thursday will feature country-blues duo The Peckerwood Percolators, made up of musicians John Paul Cook and Jim Skinner.

The Underground will also exhibit new works by all 25 current member artists in November.

This month’s event begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 inside the Underground at 101 W. Mountain, Suite 222, on the southwest corner of the Fayetteville Square.

There is no charge for admission. Free snacks and beverages will be provided, along with a donations bar.