Aviation artist speaks at today’s reception

Art gives wings to David Gray’s creativity. The painter and sketcher who spent most of his childhood in Columbus will speak during a free opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today about his current exhibit at Gallery 506 in the Columbus Area Visitors Center.

Refreshments and beer/wine will be served.

This show, which runs through February, consists primarily of Gray’s paintings and drawings depicting military aircraft. Also on display are model airplanes on loan from the local Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum.

Gray’s love affair with airplanes, aviation and history began as a small child. As a boy, he would ride his bike to the local airport to dream and play in a derelict C-119 cargo plane. Too young to fly, Gray turned to paper and pencil to fulfill his fascination with aviation and history, and began drawing airplanes, ships and epic battle scenes in second grade.

His keen interest never waning, Gray received his private pilot’s license at age 17.

While majoring in history at Mississippi State from 1981 to 1984, Gray produced his first commissioned, limited-edition print — an F-16 — which sold out in three months.

Information: 812-378-2622.

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