Get 'Closer Look' at solo exhibit in Paris

Submitted photoSee his work: Todd Stokes’ exhibit will open Friday at the Bicentennial Art Center in Paris, Ill.

Todd Stokes’ solo exhibit of photography, glass etchings and sculptures ­— titled “A Closer Look” — is scheduled to open Friday at the Bicentennial Art Center in Paris, Ill.

The event is to start with a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. CDT. At 5:30, Stokes will give a brief talk about his artwork.

Stokes was born in Evansville, Ind., grew up in Terre Haute and lives in Dennison, Ill. He was an honor graduate of Indiana State University’s School of Fine Arts in 1983 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in fine art photography and a minor emphasis in plexiglass sculpture.

His early interests revolved around architecture with the underlying geometric forms and hard-edged shadows dominating his creative drive. In the evolution of his work the subject matter has shifted from cityscape to landscape, specifically trees, their relationship to the surrounding world and the human characteristics they seem to possess. Stokes not only finds an expressive outlet with photography, he also enjoys creating two- and three-dimensional etched-glass artwork. 

“My occupation has continued to challenge my creativity by pushing me to design and create one-of-a-kind art displays for over 20 years,” added Stokes, who owns The Golden Frame at 509 E. Voorhees St. in Terre Haute.

“A Closer Look” will be on display through Oct. 3 in the art center at 132 S. Central Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information call 217-466-8130.

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