Special to QCS
If you have enjoyed Doug Quarles’ murals, now is the time to see his smaller and latest works on canvas.
Artwork by Tucumcari’s own muralist is the subject of a one man show and featured member artist at the Eastern New Mexico Art Space gallery beginning today.
Working as a full-time artist was a goal which Quarles had developed as a child.
He began working as a sign painter at age 18. And his career was focused in this direction until 2002. At that time he moved to Jasper, Texas, to work on a mural project. Then in 2003 he moved to Tucumcari and began to work on murals here.
He has completed over 30 murals in the community.
Whether he’s painting indoors or outdoors, Quarles said, “Art calms anything in a world that is so high-paced and chaotic. I can set at my easel and make something so comforting and peaceful.”
Quarles’ artwork on view at the Art Space exhibit is entitled “Quay County and Beyond, The Art Work of Doug Quarles.” Viewers will see area landscapes and icons of Route 66.
His work has been shown at the national “Birds in Art” competition in Wausau, Wisc., in shows and galleries in Louisiana, in Taos and Angel Fire, N.M., and an international exhibit in Laredo, Texas.
His work also has been the focus of local, state and national publications in articles about the culture and arts of Route 66 and the Southwest.
Quarles also lives an art-filled life. His wife Sharon is an artist, and together they operate a combined studio, gallery and B&B, the Gallery 111 Bed and Breakfast, on High Street in Tucumcari.
Quarles is offering one his works for a prize to the lucky ticket holder who has viewed his work.
The opening show reception is at 5 p.m. today at Art Space Gallery, 201 S 2nd Street, Tucumcari. Everyone is invited and there is no charge.
The exhibit will be on display through March.
For more information call, Eastern New Mexico Art Space at 461-9908.