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On Exhibit Through May 27th: “Stratiforms” at GAC


Galveston Arts Center Continues “Stratiforms” on Exhibit

On Exhibit Through May 27th

Galveston Art Center is located at 2127 Strand St., Downtown Galveston. For more info call (409)763-2403 or go to There are three exhibitions up this month.

Saturday, May 19th, 2-3pm, there will be an Artist Talks with Robin Dru Germany, Page Piland, and Jason Makepeace.

On the first-floor of the gallery, the exhibition “Stratiforms” features work that examines layers in the natural environment through photography, sculpture, and painting by Robin Dru Germany, Jason Makepeace, and Page Piland.

In the second-floor 1878 Gallery, Chance Dunlap presents his hand-crafted fishing lures alongside a selection from his personal collection of folk art lures for the exhibition “Best Chance.”

In the second-floor Brown Foundation Gallery, Marcos Lutyens and Laray Polk’s installation, “The Trinity River Project,” presents new perceptions of the Trinity River.

“Stratiforms” features the work of three artists who examine layers in the natural environment through photography, sculpture, and painting. These artists demonstrate acute observations of place, process, and materials, specifically in reference to wood and water. Robin Dru Germany portrays waterways in her recent series, titled “Surface Tension,” through photographs that reveal the parallel systems between water and air. Navigating the creeks, rivers and lakes from the Panhandle to the Gulf Coast, Germany reveals these intertwined environments that are laden with implications for our future. Jason Makepeace excavates miniature kayaks and oars from whole logs in his “Moldable Subtractions” series. As an avid kayaker, these works honor the shape and form of the vessels he often uses to navigate our coastal waterways. Page Piland’s trompe l’oeil paintings reveal mirrored surfaces painted from the cross sections of reclaimed wood taken from sites he encounters in his daily life.

Trained as a sculptor and painter, Chance Dunlap’s recent practice has focused on his passion for handmade fishing lures. “Best Chance” features a selection of Dunlap’s hand-crafted lures, along with examples of folk art lures from the artist’s personal collection. These works mirror Dunlap’s own experience and interests as a fisherman, collector, and maker of lures. Created with the utilitarian and hopeful gesture of attracting something you can’t see from the surface, Dunlap’s tackle making possesses the formal qualities of form, texture, and color, while also harboring a relationship to place. In conjunction with the exhibition, visitors are invited to participate in an ongoing lure swap. Bring a lure and trade it for a selection of bait left by other visitors.

“The Trinity River Project” is a collaborative exhibition by Marcos Lutyens and Laray Polk, seeking to provide an opportunity for viewers (as readers and contemplators) to become uprooted in their perceptions of the Trinity River, then re-rooted in the spirit of new possibilities. This project began with a series of ten essays, recounting the complex history and relationship between Dallas and the Trinity River from pre-colonial times to date. The essays, published by “D Magazine,” were followed by a weekend of guided meditations conducted by Marcos Lutyens, and a physical exhibition at the Liliana Bloch Gallery in December, 2016. The presentation of this project at GAC traces the river from Dallas to the mouth of the Trinity River at Galveston Bay.


May 7th-14th (5:30-7:30pm) – Life Drawing Studio – Drawing the human figure from a live model is the foundation of nearly all studio art programs. If you have an interest in portrait painting, character design, comics/manga, game design, illustration, animation, fashion design, anatomical drawing, or just learning to “see” like an artist, this is for you. Live models pose for short “gesture” and longer poses of up to 90 minutes. Artists are invited to bring their own materials and supplies. Cost is $40 per 4-week block. Underaged High School Juniors and Seniors may attend after presenting a signed parental consent form. The next session is June 4th-25th.

Through May 15th (6-8pm) Ceramic Studio – This is offered in 4-week blocks following ArtWalk. Learn hand-building techniques in pottery, figurative sculpture, and glazing with earthenware clay. Create sculptural relief tiles, full 3-d sculpture, functional pottery and tableware, figures, and more. This course uses methods that don’t require a potter’s wheel, including pinch-pots, coil construction, slab-construction. All materials and supplies provided. Beginners welcome. Cost is $100. High School Students participate for free. The next session is July 17th-August 7th.


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