Retro signs and pop art are among the specialties of an area artist featured at a Palestine gallery this month.
The Palestine Art Center, 110 S. Main, will be featuring the work of Paul Spangler, Lawrenceville, through the end of the month. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and the exhibit is free to the public.
Spangler attended Lawrenceville High School and graduated in 1991. He went on to Vincennes University and graduated with a degree in Commercial Art and Design in 1993. He has studied Traditional Drawing, Graphic Design and Illustration. He studied under professors D. Dooley, B. Rock, P. Negley, W. Updegraf and B. Flynn.
Spangler's favorite mediums are pencil (graphite and colored pencils), acrylic and watercolor. He has done commissioned projects for business signage, newspaper and book illustration and cover art, logo design and personal commissions.
His current interest is in "distressed" signs, art and decorative goods. Each distressed retro sign is completely handmade and a unique piece of art. The signs are replicas of authentic antique signs and can "fool the eye" of the most discriminate viewer. "Each sign is created on Masonite panels using acrylics," he explained. "The signs are distressed by hand and some have bent corners, bullet holes, and or rusty corners and edges."
Spangler said he has been creating art for 20 years and "though my art has changed many times, I strive to continue to produce finely crafted unique artworks for all to enjoy."
Spangler's art also features his own brand of pop art and features everything from silent film stars to modern-day characters. Most are done in colored pencil on colored paper.
His work can also be seen at the Village Framery in Palestine and The Finishing Touch Gallery in Lawrenceville.
Spangler's work has received several awards in several local shows. He has received first- and second-place awards in the Northwest Territory Art Guild shows, second place in the Lawrenceville County Art Show, and second- and third-place awards in the Crawford County Arts Annual Spring Show. His work has also been featured in several displays and one-man shows.
Spangler is available for commission work and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at Spangler Art and Illustration on Facebook.