Take a walk with art Friday night

Published 11:44 pm Thursday, February 3, 2011

With art, every picture or scene should evoke a different emotion.

This is what Concordia College-Selma freshman, and this month’s Art Walk featured artist, Scott Hamilton believes.

In its third year, the Art Walk, sponsored by The Frame Shoppe, in partnership with the Selma Art Guild, will showcase art from Hamilton and other African-American artists like Charlie Lucas, Robert Bayne, Tammy White and LaFawnda Watson beginning today at 5 p.m.

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Hamilton, who was born in Jacksonville, Fla., and attended high school in Greensboro, began drawing in the third grade while sitting in his grandfather’s church. Hamilton also likes to paint, often producing work within minutes, he said.

“I was sitting next to my grandmother, and I just started sketching her,” Hamilton said. “Everyone was amazed when I showed the picture afterwards. During high school homecomings I would decorate my teachers’ doors and win every prize.”

Hamilton said when he came to Selma for college, he was looking for a place to display his work and he found comfort in the Frame Shoppe.

“The Grossmans told me my work stood out,” Hamilton said. “I draw things off the top of my head because if I looked at a picture for a reference, I would feel like I was cheating.”

Linda Grossman, owner of The Frame Shoppe, said the walk happens every three months and has been a winner with the public.

“People look forward to it,” Grossman said. “We started this as a way for everyone to enjoy art. This year’s artist works with acrylic and it’s abstract. We’re just happy to feature his work.”

Hamilton said he comes from an artistic family — his mother is a painter and his creativity comes from his two older brothers.

Hamilton said his feelings show through in his work and he hopes others will see his emotion and be encouraged to pursue their crafts as well.

“I want to see how people react when they look at my work,” Hamilton said. “Even when you get discouraged or something doesn’t look quite right at first, keep plugging away – keep drawing from the heart.”

The walk is scheduled for 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at The Frame Shoppe. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Contact Grossman at (808) 258-2682 for more information.