CLU exhibit explores family bonds
Paintings depict mothers and special needs children
Noble A. Powell III of Camarillo will hold the first major exhibit of his paintings depicting mothers and their special needs children at California Lutheran University.
“Mother’s Child” will be on display from Friday, June 27, through Sunday, Aug. 10, in CLU’s Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture. The opening reception is slated for 7 p.m. on Friday, June 27.
Best known for his renderings of golf courses, Powell stepped into new territory a few years ago when he painted a portrait of his wife and their oldest daughter, who has Down syndrome. Since then he has been producing a series of paintings of special needs children and their families that reveal the bond they share and the love, devotion and respect the mothers have for their children.
Powell is an abstract expressionist and portrait artist who has worked primarily in oils on canvas for more than 30 years. His focus on color, movement and emotion draws viewers into the scenes he paints. The recipient of many regional and national awards, Powell has exhibited his paintings in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia.
The Pebble Beach Company commissioned Powell to create a series of images for the Pebble Beach Golf Links and the Links at Spanish Bay. Other courses featured in his works include Pinehurst, the Augusta National Golf Club and British Open venues.
CLU’s Art Department is sponsoring the free exhibit. The Kwan Fong Gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center on Memorial Parkway, is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit http://www.callutheran.edu/kwan_fong/ or call (805) 493-3316.