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Artists' works show devotion

February 29, 2004|BY BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

KASIESVILLE, Pa. - Two Franklin County men held a joint art show Saturday at a home and art studio south of Mercersburg, Pa.

The show was at the home of Lee Fewell and also featured the work of his nephew, Tim Fewell, of Waynesboro, Pa.

While the artistic styles of Lee Fewell, 59, and Tim Fewell, 23, differ, both men are deeply religious and express their devotion in their work.

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Lee Fewell is in full-time ministry at Trinity Temple Church of God in Martinsburg, W.Va., where he is doing an internship. He has been interested in art since he was 14 and took it as an elective in junior high school. He went on to get a degree in art education and later, a master's degree in sculpture, painting and drawing, he said.

One of the centerpieces of the exhibit was a large painting he started in 1980, the week he became a Christian, he said. It contains much Biblical symbolism, such as a fish, a bell, a cross and the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.

"The Lord poured this out through me," Lee Fewell said. "I didn't know the symbolism, I was just doing it." He hopes to make prints of the work.

Religious symbols figure in much of Lee Fewell's work. An unfinished painting depicts events described in Revelation 12, while another shows the translation of the saints.

Tim Fewell's brightly-colored cartoon art is done on the computer with Paintshop Pro 4. He has created two self-portraits from photos taken when he was a child. In one, he is clutching a Transformer figure.

"I drew the black lines, scanned them, then colored with the mouse," he said. "As long as I can remember, I drew Transformers."

In 1990, he started his comic series "Faction." He has created 50 to 70 space-themed characters, he said, including Charlotte, the daughter of a space pirate, and Sparky, a cherub who was kidnapped and raised by demons, then redeemed by his brothers and sisters. His own alter ego is Timothius, a white cat with angel wings.

Home-schooled since sixth grade, Tim Fewell was born in Athens and lived in Germany for a time. His cross-cultural experiences help to feed his art, he said, because "they broaden the mind."

He plans to continue to expand "Faction," and hopefully draw a large Internet audience.

Tim Fewell's work may be viewed at www.side7.com. Either artist may be contacted at timfewell@yahoo.com.

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