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Butler County Art Center exhibit features artists with different styles

| Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Artist Kristy Dubinsky of Irwin and Quinn Hulings of Slippery Rock will be displaying some of their artwork, including Quinn's ceramic bison, front, at the Butler Art Center. Taken Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Heidi Murrin Tribune-Review
Musician Nic Landon of Butler will be playing at opening nights for the Butler Art Center. Taken Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Heidi Murrin Tribune-Review
Artist Kristy Dubinsky of Irwin, with five of her pieces, rear, at the Butler Art Center Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Heidi Murrin Tribune-Review
Two of Slippery Rock artist Quinn Hulings' ceramic pieces, done with a raku firing technique on display at the Butler Art Center Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Heidi Murrin Tribune-Review
Artist Quinn Hulings of Slippery Rock did some beautiful leather tooling on one of his hand-made robots at the Butler Art Center Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Some of his work will be on display at the gallery in January. Heidi Murrin Tribune-Review
Artist Kristy Dubinsky's (of Irwin) piece 'The Fight' at the Butler Art Center Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Heidi Murrin Tribune-Review
Artist Kristy Dubinsky's (of Irwin) piece 'Saylor' at the Butler Art Center Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Heidi Murrin Tribune-Review
Artist Kristy Dubinsky's (of Irwin) piece 'The World Through the Eyes of a Child' at the Butler Art Center Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Heidi Murrin Tribune-Review
Three of artist Quinn Hulings' (of Slippery Rock) hand-made robots. The two on the outside are made of leather. The one in the middle is ceramic. They will be displayed at the Butler Art Center. Taken Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Heidi Murrin Tribune-Review
Artist Quinn Hulings of Slippery Rock with one of his ceramic bison at the Butler Art Center Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Heidi Murrin Tribune-Review
Artist Quinn Hulings, of Slippery Rock, explains the process of making his ceramic bison, front, to artist Kristy Dubinsky of Irwin at the Butler Art Center Tuesday, December 31, 2013. The two will be displaying some of their work there. Heidi Murrin Tribune-Review

A new exhibit called Two Artists will visit the Associated Artists of Butler County Art Center, spotlighting the works of Kristy Dubinsky and Quinn Hulings.

Gallery director Janet Shilling said the artists' works, ranging from paintings to sculptures, are wildly different, but the contrast works well.

“Their work is not similar at all, and it's fabulous,” Shilling said.

The exhibit will open at 7 p.m. Friday with a reception at the Art Center featuring music by Nic Landon and Sean Garee of McPharlin Music Shop in Harmony. It will continue through the end of January.

Dubinsky, an art teacher at Elizabeth Forward High School, has an extensive portfolio across various media. She said she'll be exhibiting “a little bit of everything,” including her paintings, ceramics, photography and charcoal pastels.

“I enjoy every single aspect of creating something,” she said.

She draws inspiration from her surroundings, the environment and life experiences. A lifelong artist, Dubinsky said she tries to exhibit her works and enter them into competitions as often as possible.

“I think it's important to give yourself credibility as a teacher by exhibiting your work,” she said.

Hulings, a Slippery Rock University graduate and Slippery Rock native, moved back to the area after earning his Master of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University in 2012. He hopes to create a studio in the area for ceramic and metal work.

Like Dubinsky, Hulings draws inspiration from life experiences. His sculptures and other works flow naturally from “things I've done or things I've been,” he said.

When he went on a road trip a few years ago, he encountered a bison for the first time while passing through Wyoming. The animal's size gave him an idea to create a series of bison sculptures, some of which will be featured at the Butler show.

Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or rfarkas@tribweb.com.

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