Artist displays recent work


January 10, 2018

New art work by local artist David von Metz is on display at the Community Fine Arts Center now through Feb. 3. The public is invited to a reception for the artist Saturday, Jan. 13, from 2-4 p.m.

Metz has been a Rock Springs resident for 25 years and is a mathematics instructor at Western Wyoming Community College.

“My education and work life has been mostly in science and mathematics, but I’ve always had my hand in art and image-making,” Metz said.

“I love working with Photoshop and other digital image-making tools, and I’m especially interested in the interconnections between art, science, and mathematics. I think of my artworks as visual theorems that explore the ways we experience the world.”

For some of his work, Metz uses his own photographs or other digital images.

After making an inkjet print on paper or canvas, he works further with the print, using pastels, or dry pigments, metal paint, nails and screws, or whatever inspires him.

Metz also uses black acrylic paint to make unique monotypes and textured paintings on paper that are very abstract, but with an organic, natural feel. The textured black paintings are based on a technique developed by New York artist James Austin Murray.

“My aim is to make images that inspire me, or invite exploration and meditation. I hope others have that experience when they look at my work.”

Metz has displayed his work previously at the Highlands Museum in Ashland, Ky. and a number of open exhibits at the Sweetwater County Libraries and at the CFAC.

He also does photo restoration and photo enhancement and printing.

Further information and images can be seen on his webpage -- His work is available for purchase.


CFAC new hours

The CFAC announced a change in its hours that will start after the first of the year. The center will open an hour later on Monday through Thursday, with Friday and Saturday hours remaining the same.

“We have made some adjustments at the CFAC. With budget cuts resulting in reduced staff hours, we hope opening an hour later has the least impact as possible to the public,” CFAC director Debora Soule, said. “We are still making it available to open early for prearranged tours as we have done in the past.”

Jason Grubb, Sweetwater County Library System director, said until the economy improves and is reflected in the county’s funding, the library system had to make some adjustments to staff and programming while keeping public services a priority.

Visit the CFAC Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. to see the permanent collection owned by Sweetwater County School District No. 1 and also rotating displays from local and regional artists.


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