A good match for show

Artists: Cheryl Lucente and Art Stokes were seen as candidates for a joint exhibit because of compatible styles and their `fairly realistic work.'

April 19, 2001|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Cheryl Lucente and Art Stokes are in good company for their first show at the Artists' Gallery in Columbia.

They will show their work at the gallery in the American City Building beginning April 30 and running through May. Pat Roberie, a member of the artists cooperative that runs the gallery, said the styles of Lucente and Stokes made them a good match for a joint show.

"They both joined the co-op at about the same time last year," Roberie said. "Their work is somewhat compatible, as they both basically do fairly realistic work."

In terms of background, the two are oceans apart - literally. Lucente is a native of England who grew up with a love of art. Stokes was born in New Orleans.

"I've drawn and painted for as long as I can remember," said Lucente, 54. "I haven't had much formal training, but I did study with an artist named Vincent Milne when I was in London."

Lucente said Milne persuaded her to begin showing her work professionally. Lucente - who lives in River Hill with her husband, Richard, a jazz drummer - views her art as a chance to bring something joyful to audiences who enjoy her work.

"I feel that the things we are able to do are gifts from God," she said. "If he's given us these talents, we should use them. I like that I've given someone pleasure from my work."

Lucente counts portraits and nudes among some of her favorite work, and she has participated in the figure-drawing program at Howard County Center for the Arts.

A world traveler who has lived in cities from Rome to Chicago, Lucente said she works mainly in acrylics and pastels to create her style of colorful "realistic, impressionistic" pieces.

"I'm very, very fond of color," said Lucente, who moved to Columbia two years ago. "I'll sometimes change the color of something in a piece I'm doing."

Stokes shares her love of hue. He uses luminous colors in his pastels, and like Lucente, has a fondness for portraits and still lifes.

As a boy, Stokes said, he would often create little pieces of artwork in the form of comic books he drew and illustrated to amuse himself.

"I wasn't doing it to share," Stokes, 62, said. "I was doing it for fun. I would do Buck Rogers and Westerns."

After graduating from Howard University in 1962 with a degree in mathematics, Stokes did a stint in the Army and settled in Columbia in 1968. A founding member of the Howard County Visual Arts Alliance, he has also served as vice president of the Art League of Northern Virginia and is a member of the African American Artist Alliance of Howard County.

Being a part of the Artists' Gallery cooperative gives him camaraderie and growth as an artist, Stokes said.

"We all learn from each other," Stokes said. "It's a good group."

"People from Around the World" by Cheryl Lucente and "Color Notes" by Art Stokes will be on exhibit April 30 to June 1 at Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle. A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 4. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 410- 740-8249.

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