Artistic Couple to Display Works in Various Media

PLAINVIEW – Lubbock couple Norvell and Cecily Maples will exhibit their unique artistic talents in a multimedia display at the Abraham Art Gallery at Wayland Baptist University, Feb. 20 through March 9.

Titled “Clay and Canvas: Works by Cecily and Norvell Maples,” the show will feature pottery and ceramics work by Cecily Maples and airbrushed pieces on canvas by her husband, Norvell.

Born in Japan to Foreign Service parents, Cecily Maples spent her childhood in various foreign posts, but carried that early oriental influence into her work. She said her choice to work in clay was influenced by the Japanese love for finely crafted pottery and her mother’s role as an avid collector of folk crafts. Her pottery makes use of several types of clay and includes functional stoneware and porcelain items as well as sculptures. Her functional pieces are food and dishwasher safe and microwave and oven tolerant, and she will have some pieces for sale during the show.

Besides traditional pottery pieces, Mrs. Maples also creates jewelry using high fire porcelain and glass beads. Her work finds its forms in the visual resources of the natural world. Cecily earned her Master of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate School in California and serves often as a juror for various art shows. She participates frequently in the Llano Estacado Wine and Clay Festival Gallery in Lubbock.

Norvell Maples attended Texas Tech and is working toward a degree in Computer Aided Drafting at South Plains College. He has experience as an animation specialist and illustrator, where he designed and animated 3D models for presentations and wrote story boards for animated presentations. He also designed cartoons and technical illustrations for corporate projects.

His preferred art medium is airbrush, and he has created a number of pieces using acrylic airbrushed on canvas. The technique was pioneered by commercial artists but has come to be used in fine arts applications as well. According to Maples, the size of the nozzle on the air sprayer determines how fine the lines or color washes appear, and airbrush paintings typically have a soft, glowing quality. Several of such pieces will be on display in the exhibit.

The Maples own and operate The ARTary, a teaching and production pottery studio in Lubbock. The facility offers classes in the evenings in the areas of handbuilding and wheel-throwing in clay, and has a gallery of their works.

A reception for the artists is scheduled for Sunday, March 4 from 2-4 p.m. in the gallery and atrium. The public is invited to attend.

The exhibit may be viewed in the gallery, located in the lower level of the Mabee Learning Resources Center, during regular hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 2-5 p.m. For more information, call the gallery at 291-3710.