Main Gallery May 18 through June 29, 2018
THE WOODS JOURNAL – BARBRA RILEY
Barbra Riley’s recent relocation to central Texas is the major influence in the artwork she has made since living and working in the natural environment surrounding her. In her series “The Woods Journal,” Barbra Riley presents a poem about this change in her surroundings accompanied by dream-like photographs. The images weave through the lines of her poem emphasizing the small and beautiful discoveries that occur while wandering in the woods. From ephemeral cactus blossoms that rarely last more than a day, to layers of the transparent woods of winter, to fragile other-worldly ice sculptures made by common weeds, Riley captures the feeling of being outside and away from the tribulations of daily life.
In 2016, Riley retired after 38 years as a Professor of Art at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. In her Texas Hill Country studio, she works on digital prints, alternative processes and mixed media works. Riley’s photographs and paintings have been included in exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Laguna Beach Museum of Art in California. In Texas, she has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Houston Center for Photography, the Laguna Gloria Museum in Austin, the Abilene Fine Arts Museum and The Art Museum of South Texas, as well as dozens of universities, art galleries and alternative art exhibition spaces. Her work resides in numerous collections including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin, Art Museum of South Texas and the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Corner Spot May 18 – June 29:
OF THE EARTH II BY MARS WOODHILL
Born in Austin, Mars Woodhill now lives and works on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The artist creates bio geomorphic abstractions in sculpture and painting. As Woodhill states, her work “is a celebration of nature – both the living and nonliving systems – fostering a deeper human connection to the earth.” Her process mimics how nature forms and manifests striations, craters, boundaries, and even new life forms. Woodhill hopes her work will invite viewers to a closer view of earth’s interrelated systems, thereby promoting more sustainable stewardship of land, sea and air.
After obtaining her BA from Austin College with dual majors in History and Art (painting), Woodhill founded and operated a furniture and accessories company for 15 years based on her own designs. As a committed artist for the past 12 years, she has exhibited widely in Houston, throughout Texas, the Northeast and her work can be found in numerous private collections. As founder of the Texas Art House contemporary gallery, Woodhill curated solo and group exhibitions featuring renowned Texas artists, until returning to her studio work fulltime.
Acrylic paintings and collages on antique photographs by Gerald Lopez in the Gift Shop. Opens for the June 1st, First Friday Artwalk, 5:30-9pm. Runs through July 27th. Join us for ArtWalk Friday July 6th from 5:30 – 9pm.
In the Gift Shop through July 27
GUILTY PLEASURES: GERALD LOPEZ
Acrylic paintings and collages on antique photographs by Gerald Lopez in the Gift Shop. Opens for the June 1st, First Friday Artwalk, 5:30-9pm. Runs through July 27th.
Join us for ArtWalk Friday July 6th from 5:30 – 9pm.