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The Fort Smith Museum of History’s newest exhibition is, “Close To Home”, an art exhibition featuring sketches and watercolor paintings by local artist Galen Hunter. The exhibition will run from April 1 through October 2, 2021 in the Boyd Gallery at the Fort Smith Museum of History, 320 Rogers Avenue.

“Close to Home” is a series of watercolor and pen and ink drawings that captures the mundane structures and landmark architecture that comprise the built environment in and around Fort Smith. The paintings present a snapshot in time and examine how utilitarian and repurposed structures can be viewed in the same way as formal architecture through the patterns of light and shadows cast by the buildings.

The exhibition includes paintings of structures located in areas of town that have declined as the City continued to develop towards the east and away from the City’s origins close to the Arkansas River. Many of these repurposed buildings have signage located on or surrounding the building which adds another level of detail to catch the viewer’s eye. The written word when combined with strong shadow patterns make these structures compelling subjects.

The pieces have been grouped into 5 different sections including Downtown, West (Towson and Wheeler Avenues), Midtown, East and South, and Surrounding Cities.

An online gallery of the exhibition is available at galenhunter.com

Artist Biography

Galen Hunter is a watercolor painter who lives and works in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Trained as an architect, his paintings focus on buildings, signage, and streetscapes. Many of his paintings depict the ordinary structures such as tire stores and feed mills that form our everyday surroundings. He has studied with Sydney based watercolorist and travel sketcher Liz Steel and Seattle architectural illustrator Stephanie Bower.


Previous exhibitions include Ordinary in 2019, a part of the Chancellor’s Coalition for the Visual Arts at the University of Arkansas- Fort Smith.