Art gallery to host acrylic painter next month

By Nick Kovatch on February 22 at 1:00pm

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The work of a Peoria artist will be on display at the David Strawn Art Gallery next month.

An opening reception for Tom Gross will be held on March 1st from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. with “Gallery Talk” at 6:30 p.m. at the 331 West College location. The opening reception and “Gallery Talk” are free and open to the public.

Gross’ first paintings were of local Peoria scenes and welcomed by the galleries in the area. He had a limited amount of time and space to paint while raising a family with his wife Tina. After his children grew up, Gross turned a bedroom into a studio, and found more time to paint. As he has had the opportunity to travel more, he has started to capture images from around the country, icons of an ever changing America.

Gross grew up in an urban environment and was always sketching buildings and street scenes. After seeing the beauty at his hometown’s minor league baseball park, he’s focused on painting baseball stadiums the last few years. His life goal is to paint every Major League ballpark foul pole to foul pole.

Gross’ paintings cover pedestrian views of things like gas meters, man hole covers and parking meters, to the grand views of Major League Baseball’s majestic stadiums.

Gallery hours March 2nd through the 20th are Sundays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The David Strawn Art Gallery is handicapped accessible.