Lost Races: The Americas Jason E. Smith

New Work Luke Buffenmyer

September 10 – October 8, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10th, 6-8pm


South Kingstown. Hera Gallery is pleased to present Lost Races: The Americas, a solo exhibition from Jason Smith and New Work, a solo exhibition from Luke Buffenmyer. We invite the public to join us Saturday, September 10th from 6:00 to 8:00pm for the opening reception.

Jason Smith will be exhibiting 10 new paintings exploring the history and myths of ancient races of the Americas. Jason Smith writes:

 “The Lost Races series questions the accepted timeline of history for the Americas, as well as the races that inhabited it, and highlights what is left in ancient petro glyphs, rock carvings, paintings, sculptures, and artifacts found in archaeological sites throughout these territories. It explores many of the forgotten or unaddressed aspects of this history and the races that existed on the American continents. The influences for this body of work includes: the Mound Builders civilizations of the United States; records of ancient burial sites; mounds and caves around the country where strange and interesting artifacts have been found; the stone sculptures of Monte Alto and La Venta of Olmec or pre-Olmec times; artifacts found in Jalisco, Mexico; the pre-Inca site of Tiahuanaco in Bolivia; Ica stones of Peru; and what is known of the mythological legends surrounding all of these respective cultures.”


Luke Buffenmyer will be exhibiting new mixed media drawings. An artist in multiple mediums, Luke states:

 “I am driven to make things. My images are a collection of memories, emotion, desire, illusion, and fact.

 As an artist, I work in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, wood and digital imaging. I work concurrently on multiple projects often combining various media. The images are often allegorical in nature and combine elements of figurative representation and intuitive mark making, reflecting aspects of my life, society the history of art.

 I am motivated as an artist by a deep-rooted and constant need to make things.  The work is an expression for my energy and passion concerning life and art. I attempt to make substance of my feelings, to create objects that build meaning both intellectually and expressively. The work usually involves layers of information, communicating ideas that often require an investment of time and thought to understand. While often the need to create or make things is dominant I feel the need to have substance in the imagery. Social commentary works hand in hand with creative expression. Content, evolution, exploration and discovery fuel my need to create.”


The exhibition and events will take place at Hera Gallery located on 10 High Street in Wakefield, RI. The public is invite to attend the opening reception Saturday, September 10th from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

These programs are presented with partial support from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Hera Educational Foundation, and The Friends of Hera. Hera Gallery is free and open to the public and is accessible to persons with disabilities.