“Alex Powers: Paintings and Drawings of the Last 20 Years” will open October 8 at City Art Gallery in the Congaree Vista and continue through October 31. City Art will host a reception with the artist October 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The reception is open to the public.

Alex Powers has been a self-employed painter and teacher for 28 years. He exhibits in galleries in five states and among his many national juried exhibition awards is the Gold Medal in the 1997 American Watercolor Society Exhibition.

He has been published in various magazines and books and is the author of Painting People in Watercolor, A Design Approach, published by Watson-Guptill. In addition he teaches workshops on painting in this country and abroad.

Alex’s painting style has evolved into personal, content-dominated imagery. Using gouache, charcoal, pastel and sometimes collage on illustration board, his loose realism combines an emphasis on drawing with a awareness of the art of our time. Often the illustration boards are connected for work up to 15 feet in length. Powers said, “I attempt to deal with issues such as human origins, religion, philosophy, racism, economic, inequality, etc. These overwhelming issues are difficult to deal with, but they are what interest me. And, since I believe in the singularity of life and art, these issues are the content of my current work.”