"A Shared Diversity"

charlie & Iantha Newton  

Opening Reception: july 7TH - 5:30 PM UNTIL 8:00 PM

Exhibit: July 7-29

Artists Statement

Charlie: In 2014 I began constructing canvases that erupted the picture plane in order to soften the rectangle and edges of the painting. I want to show the physicality of the painting process that blur the edges between two and three dimensionality and psychological verses literal aspects of art making. To this end I recently began draping, tying and shaping the canvas blurring the edges between the two and three dimensionality of    the work. This enhances the ritualistic nature of my work.


Iantha: My paintings are the product of a type of unconscious remembering and can range from landscapes, figures and shapes that either have the feel of the still life or alternatively are imbued with living characteristics. Images emerge on the canvas in a spontaneous way and without much forethought. Once a composition is perceived no matter how fleeting or obvious, I then work to reveal or excavate the perceived images.            The smaller works seek an intimate connection with the viewer as do the larger pieces for the most part.

Charlie and Iantha co-founded SPLASH a free art school in the Black community.

Where: AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Avenue

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and first Saturday of the month, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.




2017 Exhibition Schedule


Examinations: AVA Artists Reflect on the Hunter Museum Collection

August 4 – 25

*Reception Friday, August 4



FRESH Emerging Artist Exhibit: September 9 - October 27

*Reception Saturday, September 9 

House of Views/ Bangin’ Bayou: September 21 

House of Views/ Leading Ladies: October 19



AVA All Member Salon Show

November 3-22

*Reception Friday, November 3

House of Views/Day of the Dead: November 16



AVA Juried Members Exhibition

December 1 – 22

*Reception Friday, December 1