211 Broadway is the home of L’oveMARvelous Art Gallery 211. I walked through the gallery for the first time last week and was impressed by the broad collection of artistic works and the variety of genres it spanned. I first spotted Lex – “…as in Lex Luthor”, he clarified upon our introduction – as he sat at a small table in front of the gallery at work on an airbrush project. When I asked if I could photograph him, he insisted that the person I should photograph was Lamarr. Lex explained that Lamarr’s gallery had really been a blessing to local artists and he stepped inside, returning a moment later with Lamar at his side.
The friendship and level of respect that runs between these two men was quite palpable. Lamarr was more interested in examining what Lex had on his bench than he was in the guy with the camera. I liked that, and clicked the shutter in hopes the resulting image would accurately convey the intensity of Lamarr’s examination of Lex’s work.
Lex appealed to my cat fanatic side by the mere fact that the airbrush piece he was working on was a beautiful tiger. You can see some examples of his talent – including a pretty incredible Spiderman chopper – on his website, www.lexnfx.com. Lex does custom work out of his local airbrush shop.Not a bad outcome from a chance street encounter: 3 photos and introductions to 2 really great, friendly people. My gratitude goes out to both of them.
Be sure to visit L’oveMARvelous Art Gallery 211 the next time you’re downtown.