Saturday, March 28, 2009

John Holt Smith at William Campbell Contemporary


William Campbell Contemporary Art The exhibition is from March 28, 2009 - May 2, 2009
Opening Reception: Spring Gallery Night, Saturday, March 28, 2009 2-9 p.m.

Headed to Ft. Worth on Saturday to have a small watercolor by Lily Hanson framed at Gallery One Frames. I have visited William Campbell Contemporary since I first became interested in the arts in Texas back in 1991. I bought my very first work on canvas from Bill and Pam. A small Richard Thompson painting.

"Opiate Sequence #2", 2009 acrylic enamel on aluminum, 48x120 inches

Although, John Holt Smith is not really to my taste it was a very nice exhibition.
"Opiate Sequence #1", 2009, acrylic enamel on aluminum panel, 48x48 inches
"Oculus #2", 2009, acrylic enamel on aluminum panel, 48x48 inches
"Oculus #5", 2009, acrylic enamel on aluminum panel, 48x48 inches

Gallery Artists Upstairs at William Campbell

Headed upstairs to see the group exhibition featuring the gallery artists.

Chris Powell at the front entrance to the gallery.

"Dawn - Roadside Flowers" by one of my favorites, Richard Thompson

Untitled, 2007 by Steve Murphy, lead covered wood

Painting by Billy Hassell

Sculpture by Robert McAn and large work on paper by Otis Jones.
One of these days I want to have a large canvas work by Otis.
There was a wonderful blue square in the storage room.

Robert, do you still have Gene Pool?

One of my favorite things to do at the gallery is to look around in the storage room. Of course I didn't leave empty handed. I was able to add to my Tre' Arenz pile. The death of this artist was so untimely. I met Tre' at Bill and Pam's gallery a few months before her death. Such a shame. If anyone knows the whereabouts of her cast iron pieces, please let me know. Anyway, it is always a treat to visit this gallery and one of the friendliest in the state.

Fort Worth Contemporary Arts

Headed over to the Fort Worth Contemporary Arts on the campus of TCU to see the exhibition of Margret H. Blondal and Lars Laumann.
Sparse installation by Margret H. Blondal

"Berlinmuren" video installation by Lars Laumann.

That's my driver!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Liz Lurie @ UNT

Made it up to UNT to attend Liz Lurie's reception at the Cora Stafford Gallery.

This was my favorite of the exhbition.


A beautiful exhibition of clay works.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Pinky Diablo at Dolly Python

Caught a glimpse of Pinky Diablo at Dolly Python on Saturday afternoon.
Works by Pinky Diablo, A.K.A. Tom Sale

Two new watercolor and found altered photos

Gallery Trip to Dallas

Headed to Dallas to catch-up on a couple of exhibitions. First stop was at Conduit to see Robert Jessup's "Creatures" and Johnny Robertson's "Twenty Hong Kong Dollars". Although very different both exhibitions were very successful. Of course, I have always like Johnny Robertson's work and he had a knockout exhibition. Normally not a video fan, I liked the "The Way" which documented Johnny's road trip from his home in Celina, Texas to Los Angeles. I couldn't watch all of the video (30 hours long) but what I did see I enjoyed.

Johnny Robertson, a small work on paper, from Conduit Gallery website.

Robert Jessup, Finger Creature Hat, 2008, oil on canvas, 24x24" from Conduit Gallery Website
Robert Jessup's work was, to me, a total departure from his previous work. His latest work was inspired by his recent sabbatical in Spain.

Next stop was 500X for a sneak preview of Sarah Williams: M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition. I am still thinking about this exhibition. Her subject matter actually seems to be similar to many many other painters and photographers.

500X's large exhibition space upstairs where Sarah's work was installed. That space is problmatic anyway.

Next, I headed over to Dolly Python's - the subject of my next entry.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Bruce Schiefelbein studio visit

Visited Bruce Schiefelbein's studio on Saturday afternoon after helping Rick Maxwell and Lisa Ehrich take down their show at VAL. Mark, my son and now my driver, came along to help and visit with Bruce.

Mark and Bruce.

Paintings finished in the last year.

Recently finished work on paper "After Jan Van Huysum". Bruce has completed numerous paintings and works on paper after, I think, his favorite Dutch painter.