Family of artists to exhibit at Kemp
There are brother artists, sister artists, and married artists, but how often do you see a whole family of artists?
The Kemp Center for the Arts opened on March 26 an exhibition titled “Kin: The Serio-Hughes Family”, which features the art of a family of four: sculptor and father Dewane Hughes, mother painter Alexis Serio and 11 year old sculptor son Frankie Hughes and 9 year old painter daughter Edie Hughes.
The NorthLight Gallery exhibition will feature a closing reception for the exhibition from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. Everyone is welcome to attend and meet this talented family.
Dewane and Alexis are both studio art teachers in UT Tyler’s Department of Art and Art History and tied the knot 12 years ago this month. He teaches 3D sculpture and design. She teaches painting and 2D design. They both teach courses on specific subjects. In addition, both husband and wife work as professional artists.
The two have shown their work together three or four times, he said, most recently at Baylor University.
“I think our work has grown together since we got married. Before we got married, we went our own way. We are so exposed to each other’s work now. She will come to my studio and tell me about what I do and what she does. We grew up to have a common affinity.
Their children grew up attending their parents’ art receptions as well as galleries and museums.
“They’ve always been around formalistic pieces of interest,” Dewane said. “Both are very attentive to the world around them. “
In the current exhibition, Edie shows his painting, while Frankie shows sculptures that he has both welded and painted. Journal and drawing a lot.
“Since they were born, they have always had a sheet of paper and a pencil. They’ve always expressed themselves that way, ”Dewane said.
The genesis of the show, in a way, took place when COVID-19 hit. When COVID started, Dewane explained, parents started home-schooling their children. “And so, one of my things,” he said, that if I was to teach my kids, I was going to teach them to weld too. “I bought Frankie a little welder and told him to go outside and learn something practical. I started to teach him how to weld.
Dewane showed his son the basics, then watched him begin to solder the excess of his sculptures. “I began to explain to Frankie the beginnings of Abstract Expressionism in the world of sculpture. I said what he is doing is similar to what David Smith would do. As Jackson Pollock would throw paint, Smith would throw pieces into a configuration he liked and then solder them together. And that’s kind of what Frankie was doing.
Although Frankie didn’t start welding until he was 9, he definitely had an interest in welding before then because his dad did. “I bought welding gloves, a balaclava and the welder. We were both working in my studio, and he was asking me questions and eventually he became kind of a little colleague and critic. Frankie has six pieces in the Kemp show and has already sold a few.
The Kemp exhibit reunited, after Dewane began showing photos of Frankie soldering on Facebook, and his son then sold his first two sculptures to a buyer in San Antonio. Wichita Falls Arts Council programming coordinator Kristine Thueson knew the sculptor from his work at the last 10 exhibitions at Kemp Sculpture Garden and heard of Frankie selling art.
“Kristine called me and asked if we all wanted to have a show at Kemp and I said, ‘Sure. “” “Kin: The Serio-Hughes Family” is the first time the whole family has performed a show together.
His two children display and sell pieces at the show, and Dewane said he just bought Edie a welding helmet and gloves. She will get Frankie’s Flux Core Machine, and Frankie will get a welder who uses gas. After that, as they continue to become more proficient in welding, he will buy them better equipment.
“My daughter will be fine when she starts welding. I’ve been teaching for so long and I know women are better welders at first because they tend not to believe in the mystique that it’s a macho thing. Women are more patient and detail-oriented. I see this quality in my daughter, ”he said.
His two children will lead each other to become better welders and artists.
“Our children are extremely competitive with each other. I don’t think she wants to do it because dad does it but because Frankie does it. She wants to do everything better than him, and he’s actually the more competitive of the two.
The exhibition ends after the Saturday evening reception. Admission is free and all four family members will be present. Children’s artwork sells for $ 100 each.