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Artist, professor shows off work at LSC-Kingwood

Art lovers will have a chance to broaden their horizons this summer at Mayuko Ono Gray’s exhibition “Seasons” at Lone Star College-Kingwood.

Gray, director of the College of the Mainland Art Gallery in Texas City, will display several of her drawings June 6-July 3 in the college’s Fine Arts Gallery. She will be available to meet with the public during a reception on June 13 at 12:30 p.m.

“As the guest juror at LSC-Kingwood’s Spring Student Art Show, students had an opportunity to learn firsthand about the many facets of Gray’s life and way of working. Now, students and the public can come and see this fine artist’s drawings for themselves,” said Kris Larson, gallery director.  “We want the community to come and enjoy this wonderful exhibit. I think audiences will be delighted to experience contemporary drawings that are skillfully rendered and thought provoking.”

“Seasons” is a collection of approximately 40 medium and large scale graphite drawings on paper from 2007-present. Born in Gifu, Japan, Gray’s work is informed by both traditional Japanese calligraphy and classical western drawing. Her works are represented by the Hooks-Epstein galleries in Houston and by the Galeria 910 in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her recent solo exhibitions include “Japanese Calligraphy My Way” at the Galveston Arts Center and “Following the Path” at the Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery at LSC-Montgomery.

“Having examples of each series of work she has done, one can see a natural progression of ideas. Energetic, engaging and down to earth, I think she’s a great example of a successful artist who students can look to for inspiration,” Larson said.

After graduating from high school, Gray moved to the United States to study English and to further her education in art. In 2007, she earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Houston. In addition to serving as director of the College of the Mainland Art Gallery, she is an adjunct professor of art and has been teaching drawing classes since 2008.

For more information on Gray’s “Seasons” exhibit, call 281-312-1534. The Fine Arts Gallery, located in the Performing Arts Center, is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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With 75,000 students in credit classes and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.