Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 25, 2009) - John Brown University will welcome the work of one of its own to the JBU art gallery. Charles Peer, professor of visual arts, will display his latest pastel paintings in the exhibit that will open with a reception on Thursday, April 2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The exhibit will run through May 1. After receiving his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Arkansas in 1979, Charles Peer opened his studio on the historic Main Street in Van Buren, Arkansas. In 1990 he and his family moved to Siloam Springs, Arkansas where he assumed a teaching position in the Department of Art and Design at John Brown University. Peer continues to paint his native Arkansas landscaped as the framework for exploring his interest and love of color. Peer said, “The noted Jewish-American trial lawyer Louis Nizer said, ‘a fine artist is one who makes familiar things new and new things familiar.’ I believe this quote perfectly fits my interest in creating paintings of our Arkansas landscape. The creeks, the cluster of trees, the simple path and the reflections of autumn colors in a pond are the familiar things we often pass by without a second glance, yet those are the things I am drawn to and where I find my inspiration.” Peer is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. His paintings are currently being represented by Gallery Central in Hot Springs, Local Flair Art Gallery in Siloam Springs and the Fort Smith Art Center. His work has recently been selected to be included in the upcoming publication, Best of American Pastel Artists Volume II by Kennedy Publishing. His paintings have most recently selected for exhibition in the Pastel Society of America Signature Member Exhibit in Bennington, Vermont, the Garvan Woodland Gardens Invitation Plein Air Event “Beauty and the Bursh” – 2008 and 2009 and as the featured artist at the 2008 Fort Smith Art in the Park. The exhibit will include approximately 38 recent pastel paintings on hand-textured boards all inspired by the local landscape. The JBU Art Gallery is located in JBU’s art building on the main campus in Siloam Springs. Normal gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. All gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.