The newly opened Cameron University Art Teaching Gallery will present “Slack Tide – A Lobsterman’s Story,” an art exhibit featuring work by James Joseph Henry and James Glen Henry. The exhibit will open on Friday, November 8, with a reception and artist talk at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public at no charge. The Art Teaching Gallery is located in the Art Building on the east side of the Cameron campus. Parking is available on 27th Street. The exhibit will run through December 8.
“This show was inspired by the mystery surrounding our great oceans past and present,” says Glen Henry. “The exhibit began many years ago at a place and time we can only reach through our imaginations. Four times each day, the currents of our oceans change direction and the ebb and flow becomes an endless cycle of movement. As the currents slow, lobstermen wait for submerged buoys to surface so they can haul in their lobster pots. When the currents turn, the flow of water will rush in the opposite direction and pull the buoys down under again. This cycle represents the life force of our planet and is the inspiration for the images in this exhibition.”
Jimmy Henry began his fishing career at the age of 16, fishing on many different boats out of Stonington, Connecticut; New Bedford, Massachusetts; and Point Judith, Rhode Island. His life as a lobsterman began in Stonington, where he fished the Long Island Sound from Fishers Island, New York, to Block Island, Rhode Island. He began to pursue his passion for painting later in life while working for General Dynamics in Groton, Connecticut. He worked as a submarine painter for more than 10 years before moving to Florida and subsequently to Oklahoma. After the death of his wife, Wilda, in 2011, Henry found a new best friend – art.
Glen Henry, who grew up in Stonington, Connecticut, describes his career as a lifelong pursuit of arts education and the arts. He moved to Lawton in 1983, where he worked as the arts coordinator for Lawton Public Schools until 2001. He then served as the State Director of Arts Education at the Oklahoma State Department of Education for 15 years. Upon retiring from that position, Henry began teaching as an adjunct instructor at Cameron University in the areas of sculpture, 3-D design and computer graphic design. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Arts from the State University of New York at Oswego and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Arizona State University.
October 31, 2019