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FMAAA welcomes James Walker Henry to the feature exhibition for the month of November. A reception for the artist to engage the public will occur November 4th from 5:00-7:00pm. Baxter's Vineyards and Winery will showcase their liquid nectar at the event. Baxter's is the oldest Illinois winery residing in Nauvoo, Illinois. Receptions are always free and open to the public. Axalta Coating Systems is the sponsor for the exhibition. James will also be featured at the last Lunch-ala-Art program for a the year on November 18th at noon; call the gallery at 372-3996 to register for meal and gallery talk. Henry's work is thought provoking with his social political commentary via his symbolism. He also packs a “Where's Waldo” fun touch by hiding rhinos in many of his paintings.

James has submitted the following artist statement: “James Walker Henry was born in 1961 – an American surrealist painter living in the state of Iowa, the Heartland of the United States of America. For over the last thirty five years, Henry has created over 1000 works of art, his thousandth piece completed in November of 2015. Henry’s work’s of art address social and political issues, documenting these ideas and issues through his paint and brush.

Henry toned his artistic skills while attending Southeastern Community College near where he lives, but his ability to create as an artist was his own and was mainly self-taught. SCC was however the stepping stone into surrealism where Henry fell in love with the style from taking Art History at this institution.

2016 has become a very important year for James as he was honored with two distinguished awards. First, James received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from South Eastern Community College, where he spoke to the 2016 graduating class. Then, he received the Artist of the Year award, from Burlington Fine Arts.

James Walker Henry’s works of art have been featured in numerous art publications such as “Manhattan Arts”, “Surreal Magazine” and “New Art Examiner”. He has exhibited in over three hundred exhibitions (seventy-five of them solo exhibits) and has been in over ninety newspaper articles. Today, Henry’s works have been added to permanent collections around the world including the U.S., Ireland, Holland, Germany, Brazil, France, England, and South Korea. James Walker Henry, a true American Surrealist.” Viewing is available all month at FMAAA gallery Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm at 825 Avenue G.