Mays Mayhew exhibit opens at First Fridays on Feb. 7

Gary Brown Gallery will host a unique exhibition by artist Mays Mayhew that explores the hero’s journey through the eyes of a four-year-old. The reception will be February 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. during Aurora Downtown’s First Fridays event. The show runs from Jan. 20 to Feb. 22 at the Gary Brown Gallery, located at 7 S. Broadway, Aurora. The gallery is open Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat. by appointment. It is free and open to the public. 

Mayhew, of Aurora, said the exhibit shows her newest series which explores several matriarchs.  She draws her four-year-old daughter as the matriarchs. “I’m interested in a story that is tangible juxtapose to the intangible. Sometimes the intangible is a scribble.” Mayhew said. “Using pencil on paper, my approach is as simple as my tools. I like monochromic grayscales. I also really enjoy the silvery characteristic of graphite, the primary medium in my work.” 

The reception on Feb. 7 will feature virtual reality and time-lapse video. The virtual reality  videos will show a retrospective of previous work to illuminate the path to her current work. Time-lapse videos, on display at the reception, will show her studio practice.

Born and raised on a farm in Wisconsin, Mayhew recently relocated to Aurora, Ill. with her husband and two children. She studied visual 2D arts at UW – Madison, WI, Rhode Island School of Design, and Florence, Italy. She has been a figurative artist for 20 years. For more details about her artwork, visit www.MaysMayhew.com.For more information regarding the exhibit please contact Susan or Gary Brown at Gary Brown gallery at 630-768-4591 or sb@garybrownart.com or visit www.GaryBrownArt.com.