The Rev. C. Forrest Amidon of Bellefontaine is equally adept with a paintbrush and carving knife, and he is currently presenting his works at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Centerville. His preference is working with landscapes, flowers and still life. But he also likes to delve into abstract and sculptured pieces.
“I believe that art is an expression of an interest in a particular subject matter, color and media,” according to his artist statement on the Logan County Art League website. “I enjoy the process of painting, and hope that this is evident in my final product. If the art is pleasing to others, it makes the process even more satisfying.”
According to gallery coordinator Jeanne McIver, Amidon was active in Clown Ministry and later worked as an interim pastor at Hunstville Presbyterian Church. He was involved in helping several small churches, and worked as an elementary school teacher until his retirement three years ago.
He has been pursuing his passion for art, and is showing his florals, still lifes and landscape works in his preferred mediums, watercolor and acrylic. At times, he will mix realism with the fanciful, as in “Narcisus,” an acrylic wash starring the blue and pink blooms in bold stripes of lavender sky. Or he’ll mix his two passions, the ministry and art in “Stained Glass.” It has the historical ambiance of a beautifully-aged classic.
Visitors to the gallery also will see his bark carvings of landmarks and monuments he’s seen on his travels.
Amidon graduated from Academy High School in Erie, Pa. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Maryville College in Tennessee. He received a bachelor of divinity at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, and a master’s in education at Wright State University.
Amidon currently directs the Logan County Arts Council and has a permanent collection at Kirkmont Camp in Zanesville. His art mentors have been Taylor Smith of the Logan County Art League, Enid Willard at the Springfield Museum of Art and Tracy Stinebrook of the Columbus Cultural Arts Commission. He and his wife Katie have three grown children and several grandchildren.
How to go
What: Paintings/sculpture by the Rev. Forrest Amidon
Where: Southminster Presbyterian, 7001 Far Hills Ave., Centerville
When: Continues through Aug. 25
More info: (937) 433-1810 or www.sminster.com