Siskiyou Arts Museum will hold a Second Saturday opening for the new exhibit, “A Painterly Solid Paradox” on Oct. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m., showcasing the works of three seasoned artists: painters Leonard Brown and Dennis King and multi-media artist Mark Stinson.

Siskiyou Arts Museum will hold a Second Saturday opening for the new exhibit, “A Painterly Solid Paradox” on Oct. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m., showcasing the works of three seasoned artists: painters Leonard Brown and Dennis King and multi-media artist Mark Stinson.

Leonard Brown shared this about the show’s title and focus:

Paradox: A situation, person or thing that combines opposing or contradictory features and qualities.

“This show combines our forces in a variety of forms, style and subjects. These works contrast and perhaps contradict in their expression and emotional quality. We invite you to insert yourselves into the paintings, feel yourselves responding to the forms. Enjoy the celebration of opposites.”

As a child, Brown was always getting into his father’s paint cans at his home outside Chicago. He says that for as long as he can remember, painting has always been his passion. Even when he’s not painting, Brown feels artfully engaged in all of life’s activities: cooking, building, fixing ... “Every act in life is an art form when it comes from my heart.”

Brown’s soft, painterly use of oils coupled with his sensitive observation of the subtle allows him to not only capture the likeness of his subjects, but their essence as well. He adds, “As I paint, it’s not about the destination or end result, rather, it’s the process of my journey with an artist’s tools, and my heart’s passion.”

King, who has been an active practitioner and student of the art of painting since he was 18 years old, strongly feels that art should be experienced by the viewer; not explained. Viewing art, hearing music, and attending theatrical performances are emotional experiences, into which the viewer should allow himself to be absorbed.

Now almost 70, King has always been seriously interested in the craft of painting. In his long and productive career, King has explored many painting styles and mediums and has worked in both a realistic manner as well as in an abstracted movement oriented style. He continues to take figure-drawing classes at the College of the Siskiyous, and his interest in the artistic process includes studying the archival methods in completing any project.

Stinson has been producing art for 50 years. He works in 5 mediums in a large studio called Stinson Fine Arts Studio in Redding. Stinson has an interest in many things; therefore his work contains elements of human and natural imagery. He feels that being an artist for 50 years has taught him that the viewer makes the decision as to what his intent in the work means visually.

“A Painterly Solid Paradox” continues in the main gallery through Saturday, Dec. 7 and is sponsored by Dewey Lynn and Nancy Bolen.

The Siskiyou Arts Museum is a member and volunteer supported non-profit art gallery and gift shop, located in Dunsmuir at 5824 Dunsmuir Ave. Summer hours are Wednesday – Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, stop in during business hours, follow SAM on Facebook, go to www.siskiyouartsmuseum.org, or call during business hours: (530) 235-4711.