Affaire d’Art (2227 Postoffice St., Suite B, (409)789-0079, affairedart.com) – January 13th from 5-10pm January’s ArtWalk will feature “Architecturally Speaking,” a show celebrating the ideas of design, buildings, open areas, communities, construction and other environments. They will also be showcasing new works from the entire group of Artists, in a wide range of mediums and styles.
ArtWalk will be held throughout town, ranging in time from 4-10pm. This event is held mostly in the heart of the downtown historic district, and now other parts of the Island. ArtWalk is a free event that takes place in existing commercial galleries, non-profit art spaces, and what are called “other walls,” restaurants, and retail stores. For a brochure listing all participants, stop by the Galveston Arts Center located at 2127 Strand St. or go to galvestonartscenter.org. All events are free, and there are several Preview Parties on Friday evenings at the galleries. Various artworks will be for sale. Dates in 2018 are January 13th, March 3rd, April 21st, June 2nd, July 14th, August 25th, October 14th, and November 24th.
Beta Gallery Fine Art by Mary K. Farragher (2328 Strand, Ste. 206, (409)370-3707, facebook.com/BetaGalleryMaryKFarragher) – View new work by Mary K. Farragher, Robert Dampier, Chalda Maloff, Jussi Tinnemeyer, Jan Arthur Harrell, Edward Drozdik, Ulysses Penfield and Jeffery Piper.
From the HeART Gallery (2111 Postoffice St., (409)300-3009, fromtheheart.gallery) – From the HeART Gallery is a fine arts and home décor gallery that represents local and national artists. They have artists’ works in a multitude of mediums: painting, drawing, pastel, photography, jewelry, accessories, home décor, and non-animal textiles of beautiful and creative designs, able to entice any art pallet.
G. Lee Gallery (2215 Postoffice St., (409)370-7350, gleegallery.net) – “Creativity Takes Courage” opens at G. Lee Gallery as they welcome in the New Year. New for 2018, Ms. Debi Starr brings to the Gallery bold, vivid and expressive work. Ms. Starr works in all media oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink and mixed media. Ms. Starr’s work graces the walls of corporations and residences both in the U.S. and abroad. She is a favorite teacher with our art students, ask her about her upcoming classes at the Gallery. Elizabeth Allensworth George, Lou Sprecher, and resident artist George Douglas Lee will be showing landscapes, contemporary and iconic Galveston landmarks in oil, acrylic and mixed media. Be sure to join us for Postoffice Street’s First Friday January 5th, 6-9pm.
Gallery Evasion (217 Tremont St., (281)508-1420) – Founder Bridget Pugh is a self taught artist with a vision allowing art to give a moment of escapism, hence the name Évasion, which is French for escapism. Hours are seasonal, call before you go.
Galveston Arts Center (2127 Strand St., (409)763-2403, galvestonartscenter.org) – Galveston Arts Center (GAC) presents three exhibitions opening Saturday, January 13th, 6-9pm, with artist talks beginning at 6:30pm. In the first-floor gallery, the Dallas-based collective “The Color Condition” transforms the gallery through a site-specific installation made from plastic streamers for their exhibition Premium Quality. In the second-floor 1878 Gallery, Cary Reeder presents a new series of paintings and cut paper works for the exhibition “Impermanence.” In the Brown Foundation Gallery, Michael Golden’s exhibition, “Connect,” features a series of collages made from images he has culled from the past 30 years of his studio practice.
Galveston Art League (2117A Postoffice St., (409)621-1008, galvestonartleague.com) – Billie Jordan Rinaldi is the featured artist through January 28th. Her primary medium is watercolor. She has been pursuing her art through watercolor lessons, drawing classes, and a wide variety of workshops since her retirement in 2010 after 44 years in education. Throughout her lifetime Billie planned to pursue her love of creating art upon her retirement. Presently, Billie prefers painting landscapes and still life subjects. Her favorite subjects are Galveston Island and Bay as well as studies from her travels. In addition to watercolors, she also enjoys painting with acrylics and oil, drawing portraits, and occasionally creating scratchboard art. Billie has been on the Board of the Galveston Art League since 2008, serving as the program director charged with planning workshops for the member artists and preview parties for membership shows at the gallery.
Galveston Artist Residency (2521 Ships Mechanic Row, (409)974-4446, galvestonartistresidency.org) On exhibit through February 10th is “Gregory Amenoff: Paintings and Drawings from Four Decades.” Also, January 6th (1-3pm) – Join Galveston Arts Center (GAC) and the Galveston Artist Residency (GAR) for a Saturday afternoon poetry reading and picnic with author and poet Joshua Edwards. Beginning at 1pm, Edwards will read poems he refers to as “lamps” at GAC. Following the reading at GAC, visitors are invited to proceed to GAR (2521 Mechanic Street) for a BYO beverage, blanket and snacks picnic, where Edwards will an excerpt from his soon to be release epic poem titled “Agonistes.”
Galveston College (The Fine Arts Gallery, 3rd floor of the GC Fitness and Fine Arts Building, 40th St. and Avenue R, Galveston)
GIANT Art and Design Showroom (2427 Market, (409)392-3331, miltonausherman.com) -The vision of art and design showroom GIANT will drive you to dream of the world of tomorrow. This month, it features all of the usual suspects and a few new faces. A new group show called “mxyzptlk” will join artists “esso” and “o3” who are working their collaborative magic in some new blocky abstractions veering towards their unique and fractured focus. New chairs and tables have recently arrived from the GIANT woodshed, along with a number of new items for the gallery’s eclectic foreign merchandise selection.
Heard Gallery (2217 Postoffice St., (903)357-9073, theheardgallery.com) – The gallery owner and artist Ray Heard, features artwork that incorporates thick brush strokes and even thicker pallet knife applications. This artistic combination is meant to encourage a multi-dimensional experience, giving viewers a sense of walking right into the painting. This work is the second of a new series by Heard entitled “Galveston Yards and Gardens,” and he is currently accepting photo submissions of similar scenes to add to this collection. With this offer to participate in this series of paintings, Heard hopes to present to the public a side of Galveston’s beauty that is not often seen.
J Bangle’s Silk Stocking Gallery (25th & Avenue L, (409)763-6161) – This frame shop is so much than what you expect! The gallery’s most famous frame jobs are prints of Galveston’s Tall Ship ELISSA for James Michener and Prince Charles, as well as an original Gauguin. The gallery also offers a host of other treasures including antiques, collectibles, and a tasteful collection of old coin sets and frames. Exquisite art is rotated each month.
The Old Galveston Trading Company (2115 Postoffice, (409)599-7635, oldgalvestontradingco.com)
The Proletariat Gallery (2221 Market St., (409)356-9092, proletariatgallery.com) – “Grotesquely Odd,” the strange headspace illustrations of Brian “Visker” Mahanay will be featured this month. This new series of illustrations explores the delicate balance between organic creativity and the noise within the artist’s brain.
Q2 Gallery (2208 Postoffice St., Downtown Galveston, (409)256-0762) – Joey Quiroga is known for his energy as well as his photography. He has now added original paintings to his line, as well as pillows, coasters, and pens with his photography beautifully printed. Rose West also exhibits at Q2, you’ll love her small paintings of Joey’s photographs. Her usual high style and attention to detail prevails.
René Wiley Gallery (2128 Postoffice St., (409)750-9077, renewileyart.com) – René Wiley Gallery’s current exhibition, “Small Things,” is a collection of petite artworks by the gallery artists. René Wiley has begun painting her own vintage still life, which accompany her new small florals and landscapes. Daughters Samantha Wiley and rachel Wiley-Janota have new oil and mixed media paintings on panels. The gallery also has coastal inspired tree sculptures from James Phillips, intricate wooden bowls by Dale Hooks, hand dyed fabric mosaics by Brenda Bunten-Schloesser and colorful glass sculptures by Bill Meek. The gallery offers original paintings in a variety of mediums, wood and glass sculptures, textile mosaics, custom-sized fine art prints, and wood and glass bowls.
Studio 908 Pottery (908 35th St., (409)795-4268, tudio908pottery.com) – Pottery classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-11am. Use of all pottery tools, firing in the kiln, glazing, and then you will receive your finished piece. The process takes several classes, so plan to use a month to properly make some pottery pieces from beginning to finish. The cost for the month of 2 classes per week is $60 for use of all supplies, clay, tools, and glaze to fire your pieces. Studio 908 Pottery is owned by artist and potter Jane Presswood.
Third Coast Gallery (2413 Mechanic, (409)974-4661 or (281)900-0444, thirdcoastgalleries.com) – Featured this month are three artists new to the gallery. Gregory Bergeron is a Galveston artist whose work is influenced by his education and experience in architecture and interior design. His pieces have a modernist sensibility that seemingly evolves into ordered chaos. Karla Mock’s jewelry designs fuse silver with organic materials that evoke a subtle yet raw connection to earth’s bounty. Susie Phillips’ eye to the things we see each day in our natural surroundings remind us of the detail in the day-to-day that we sometimes miss in our busy lives. Also featured are local artist Joe Henderson, displaying new work that represents a skyline view from the Seawall and its ever-changing landscape; Houston artist Liz Hill’s abstract mixed works on paper; and the established but constantly revolving works by resident artist, Jack Morris.
Vacations on Canvas (2204 Postoffice St., Suite A, (409)974-4066, vacationoncanvas.com) – Life on the island is like one long weekend and few artists capture that ultimate feeling of relaxation like Robert Peterson. His newest collection of original paintings masterfully encapsulates the island environment in brilliant, vivid colors and precise detail, with a relaxing comfort that has become his trademark. Along with his original paintings, the gallery also carries an assortment of reproductions of his original artwork in canvas giclées, cards, paper prints, and one-of-a-kind ceramic tiles.
Water’s Edge Studio and Gallery (1302 21st St., (409)762-1925, galvestonwatersedge.com)