Friday, Aug. 31, 4 p.m.—BRANDON—Brandon artist Tecari Shuman will present an exhibition of 42 paintings of abstract and modern art that he has developed over the past year and a half, Aug. 31-Sept. 29 at Compass Music and Arts Center. An opening reception will be held Friday, Aug. 31, 4-7 p.m. Shuman’s work explores the depth of his personal trials and life experiences creatively and imaginatively expressed through his art.
Surviving and recovering from polio as a child in Flushing, Queens, Shuman became a landscape designer, nature photographer, furniture craftsman and the director of a California Health Center. But, as fate would have it, Shuman’s life took a serious turn, when, as an adult, he developed post-polio syndrome, compounded by a hydrocephalous condition and the onset of Parkinson’s Disease.
Undaunted by the depression that any human being might feel under these circumstances, Shuman turned to painting as a solace and inspiration to find deeper meaning in his life. His rich connections with nature were inspirational and flowed into the richness of color and forms that enliven and inspire his works.
As Shuman explains it, “New images dance before my mind’s eye, and each painting finds its own spirit. My fingers on the brush, unfold the rich, wet colors until I arrive at a point where there is no more to do and the painting is done.”
Compass Music and Arts Center is located at 333 Jones Drive, Brandon. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 802-247-4295 or visit cmacvt.org.
Painting by Tecari Shuman