PRESTONSBURG – The Mountain Arts Center is presenting an exhibit by Lewis Newman now through Monday, June 30 in the MAC Art Gallery.
The exhibit, "Familiar Landscapes and Historic Buildings" will be accompanied by an assortment of portraits including wild and domesticated animals.
Lewis Newman of McDowell spent a good portion of his youth growing up in Northern Ohio. He spent a lot of his time learning to draw as a student while recuperating from an illness. He and his family lived on a small farm, and race horses became the subject matter of much of his work. When he was older and returned to his roots in McDowell, his grandfather instilled in him his love of hunting and working in Floyd County, and the "artist" we're seeing today evolved.
Lewis is presenting a variety of subjects in his work. He has a considerable number of local landmarks...one of the hospital that used to serve Island Creek Coal in Wheelwright and one of the post office and railroad station at "Jump" near Martin. Also included are the Wayland Bank and Doug Hayes Home Place in McDowell.
Then there's the mare with her foal that will warm your heart, and a small drawing in charcoal of a postal deliveryman in a horse and carriage, delivering to some rural address here in Floyd county, around the turn of the century.
Lewis says he hopes to keep history alive in this area for the rest of his years by drawing from old pictures and past memories...to share "then" with the present and deliver the present to the future generations.