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Wabash International Artist Residency unveils first exhibition

Staff Report

The Wabash International Artist Residency (WIAR) will unveil its first exhibition at the Honeywell Center, 275 Market St., featuring the works of Mary Ann Lawson and Tom Colcord, according to a press release. The pieces will be on display from through October, with an opening reception from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. This event is free and open to the public.

Ian Stallings, the grassroots art program’s founder, stated he is on a mission to ignite culture and a love of art throughout the Northern Wabash River Valley.

WIAR’s first event will feature still life ink drawings by Mary Ann Lawson and surrealistic oil paintings by Tom Colcord.

The WIAR artists stayed at the Enoch Rinehart historic home in Delphi for two months creating bodies of work for the Honeywell show. The art will be available for sale, with proceeds benefiting WIAR and the Honeywell Foundation. One piece from each collection will be on permanent display in a location in Wabash, which has yet to be determined.

Stallings grew up in Wabash and now owns an interior design firm in San Francisco with an emphasis on architecture and contemporary art. Stallings stated he was deeply influenced by the small town’s unique appreciation for arts, culture and genuine curiosity. He founded WIAR to continue this tradition by introducing Wabash to art and culture from around the world. He has more than a decade of experience completing projects in some of the finest homes in San Francisco, London, New York, and a furniture gallery and showroom in China.

Lawson, who was born in Wabash, discovered creative talents at a young age. She went on to own a successful string of nightclubs and restaurants for more than 30 years, always finding time for creative endeavors. Lawson’s art explores the ideas of season, psychology, form and tradition in classical still life drawings.

Colcord is an artist and educator born in Indianapolis and residing in San Francisco. Colcord’s paintings have shown throughout the United States. He received the People’s Choice Awards at Clyde and Co Art Showcase in San Francisco, San Francisco Art Institute’s Graduate Fellowship and the Klein Merit Award by the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) Visual Arts Competition at Waldron Arts Center in Bloomington.

Stallings has purchased and renovated historic homes in key locations in the Wabash Valley – from Huntington to Delphi. Two artists will be chosen to live in the home for two months and create art for area exhibitions six times a year.

For more information, contact Ian Stallings at ian@ianstallings.com or 415-279-0058.