Main Gallery Sept. 6 to Oct. 4, 2019
The Hope Suite: Mark L. Smith
Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 6, 6 to 9 pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, October 5, 5 to 7 pm
Art is a universal language. And hope is a universal feeling. At this time in human history, we all long for a ray of hope, for some vestige of unity.
I began this series in 2008 as a way to help build bridges between diverse cultures; art as diplomacy. During the six years I spent making the 44 works on paper, it became more than that, evolving into a celebration of the fact that—despite our diversity in language and culture—we are all one, with a common hope for our future together.
A work of art is finished only when you, the viewer, finishes it by taking it into your mind and heart. Have a slow look at each work, and at the Map of Hope, at the Quilt of Hope, and add your own Note of Hope. These are small acts, but they change our world for the better. – Mark L. Smith
Gift Shop Sept. 6 – 27
Lost Voices is a poignant exhibition of portraits of children who were failed by the foster care system and are now deceased. Molina, a product of the system herself, felt the need to express their stories. The children are rendered in a loose, painterly style in India ink on Yupo synthetic paper. The eyes, however, are rendered more precisely and often convey deep emotional states.
“I decided to display them in bright and vivid imagery to emphasize the potential lost too soon. Because I see myself in each of these children, I decided to dedicate this body of work to them.” – Victoria Molina
Victoria Molina was born and raised in Texas and was adopted 10 years ago when she moved to Corpus Christi. Now, she is a senior at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Studio Arts. She works in a variety of media with a focus on portraiture.