Friday, April 30, 2010

Fresh Faces 2x2 @ Bath House Cultural Center

Fresh Faces 2x2
curated by Rita Barnard

painting by Bruce Schiefelbein

Opening Reception
Saturday, May 1st 7 - 9 pm

521 E Lawther Dr
Dallas, TX

exhibition May 1st through June 5th.

Rita Barnard , the curator, used online social network to find and celebrate the talent of local artists. Fresh Faces sets out to highlight the exceptional talent and innovation of 50+ discovered and yet-to-be-discovered artists from the DFW region in this diverse invitational exhibition. According to Ms. Barnard, the exhibition "is about finding and bringing new and familiar artists to our cultural community." The Curator also points out that "the artists who are participating in the show may be well-known or emerging artists. They may have gallery experience, or this may be a first-time adventure for them." An interesting aspect of the exhibition is the approach used by Ms. Barnard to identify potential artists for the show. The Curator's method is based, in great part, on the reliance of the social network Facebook as a new and effective networking tool that may be used to discover exceptionally talented artists online and to promote their outstanding creations to larger audiences.

The artists participating in the Fresh Faces exhibition are: Anita Horton, Anna Palmer, Benjamin Vincent, Brad Abrams, Bruce Schiefelbein, Charlotte Seifert, Cheryll McLennan, Chris Brown, Daniel Birdsong, Daniel Rivera, Darrah Goodin, Darrell Madis, Tom Sale, S. Elisabeth Schalij, Ellen Soffer, Fannie Britto, Greg Metz, Greg Stinson, Heather Gorham, Ippi Lincoln, Jack Brockette, Joseph Wickman, Laura Abrams, Matt Bagley, Rita Barnard, Shane Pennington, Jessica Sublet, J Lynn Kelly, Jose Cruz, Joyce Martin, Sandra A. Moreno, Judith Lee Perkins, Judy Seay, Julia McLain, Kate Wickham, Kathy Robinson-Hayes, Liz London, Marty Ray, Merry Fuhrer, Michael Benson, Monique Janette, Pamela K. Neeley, Ray-Mel Cornelius, Ron Criswell, Ross von Rosenberg, Roy Vance, Silvia Thornton, Skip Noah, Steve Benezue, Susan Giller, Terri Stone, Terry Hayes, Tim Bolt, Valerie Guignon, and Debbie Stinson.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Texas Icebergs: Recent Works by Pinky Diablo and the Tom and Judy Show

Pinky Diablo (aka Tom Sale) will be debuting a new series of photographs taken out of the window of his car as he drives the the high seas of Texas highways. There will also be a wall of Pinky Diablo signature skull spoons as well as fabric collaborations with Judy Vetter. Exhibit opens on Sat. April 17, 2010 and will remain installed until the end of May. Marfa--it's worth the trip!

Do Right Hall
Marfa, Texas
108 W. Dallas St.
Marfa, TX

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Center of the Texas Art World

The center of the art world in Texas is not Dallas, not Austin, and surprisingly not Houston. In fact, the center of the Texas art world resides in Arlington, Texas. He's a well respected artist, curator, associate professor of painting at the University of Texas at Arlington, director of the Gallery at UTA, director emeritus of Artlies and a staunch support of contemporary art in Texas. He is Benito Huerta and I had the distinct pleasure of visiting with him in his studio today.

I first met Benito about 3 years ago when I invited him to speak at the Visual Art League of Lewisville and since running into him at several Dallas area art events. Benito's art is diverse in style and media. His art borrows from numerous masters such as Picasso, Gauguin, Duchamp and Johns incorporating his own cultural identity along with literary works and popular music.

"Exile off Main Street"

His work is included in public collections such as the Albuquerque Museum of Art, Art Museum of South Texas, El Paso Museum of Art, Sheldon Museum of Art, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Benito's curatorial work includes; "Cesar Martinez: Cultura de South Texas" Art Museum of South Texas, "Luis Jimenez: Working Class Heroes" Dallas Museum of Art, and "Inescapable Histories: Mel Chin" Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Arizona.

As a staunch supporter of contemporary art in Texas, in the early 90's, growing tire of the lack of attention Texas artists were receiving in the national art media, Benito co-founded the quarterly art magazine Artlies. Today he is the director emeritus of Artlies, which unfortunately is becoming more and more insignificant for Texas artists and those of us which are interested in the Texas art scene.

Thanks Benito!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Benito Huerta at South Texas College, McAllen, TX

"1989 - 2009: Time and Incremental Progressions"
An exhibit featuring
Benito Huerta
April 8 - May 21, 2010

Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery
3201 W. Pecan Blvd., McAllen, Texas

Art Talks: April 22, 11:30 & 2:30pm, Auditorium, Bldg. D
Reception: April 22, 6 - 8pm, STC Library Art Gallery, Bldg. F

For more information call Sofia K. Vestweber at 956. 872. 3488 or visit at

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Janet Chafee at MFA opens April 10th

Mighty Fine Arts presents "Underneath and In-Between" featuring new work by Janet Chaffee. Also in the MFA Project Room: New Work by Heidi Lingamfelter. These shows open Sat. April 10 with a reception for the artists from 6-9pm and will run till Sun. May 9.

Janet Chaffee finds inspiration in the patterns and and designs of antique lace. Lace invokes delicacy but it's also resilient and full of personal history. Ms.Chaffee often coats her work in a beeswax skin that creates a thick patina suffused with poetic nuance. Her work emerges from a deep emotive space that speaks of moments both ancient and modern. The work of Heidi Lingamfelter seeks to describe the stillness in the mutable rush of events. Her images present nature in repose, quiet and elegant.

Janet Chaffee "Watershed"

Mighty Fine Arts is located at 419 N.Tyler between 8th and Davis in Historic North Oak Cliff and gallery hours are 12-5 Sat. and Sun. or by appointment: 214-942-5241. For more info: 214-942-5241.

Also on April 10th, the Oak Cliff Art Crawl! Featuring the 7th St. Mural Project, from Bishop to Windomere, bike or walk and check out murals by Brian Jones, Chaitra Linehan, Steve Cruz, Gillian Bradshaw-Smith, Brian Scott, Ray Mel Cornelius, Diane Sikes, Lisa Lindholm and Erik Tosten! And all day on Tyler and 7th see the neighborhood re-imagined at the "Better Block Outdoor Art Installation" And wind up the evening with a great lineup of musical offerings at the newly renovated Kessler Theater!