Dr. Fred Beaufait, an abstract artist working from his studio in Lewes, will have a solo exhibition Monday, June 9 through Sunday, July 6, in the Purple Gallery of the Dover Public Library, 35 Loockerman Plaza in Dover.
During the monthlong exhibit, area artist Cade Gibson will also hang works from her Leipsic and Beyond show, composed of beach landscapes from Rehoboth to Leipsic. Gibson's works will be on display on the Blue Gallery walls. Samples of Francis Duphily's and Joan McNeice's works will be featured on the Yellow Gallery walls. A public opening reception for the artists will take place from 2 to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 8.
Beaufait works primarily in acrylics to express emotions on his canvases using contemporary abstractions. He uses combinations of structured lines and/or shapes interplayed with vivid color to convey various feelings, which might be excitement, contentment or despair.
Much of Beaufait’s work has its origins in his background as a structural engineer. In this capacity, he worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a private engineering consultant firm, followed by a career in academics holding professorial rank at several universities. He completed his career in higher education serving as president of New York City College of Technology.
Throughout Beaufait's career, painting was an integral part of his life. He began to paint to decorate the walls of his office and soon began to get requests for his paintings from others. His work has been shown at AerieArt Gallery in Rehoboth and at the Rehoboth Art League. He currently has work at the Federal Street Gallery in Milton. Last year he had a solo show at The Grand in Wilmington. Beaufait's works are also held in numerous private collections.
Beaufait likes to describe his work as innocent abstract, demonstrating minimalism. In some paintings he will concentrate on the relationship of bold lines with panels of vivid color depicting a structurally orchestrated composition. In others, he will focus on well-defined, irregular shapes suspended on the canvas. His paintings are a bold addition to any wall and will brighten up any room.
Dover Public Library is open 9 a.m. to 7:55 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4:55 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 4:55 p.m., Sunday.