On Exhibit Through February 25th
Galveston Arts Center (GAC) has three exhibitions on exhibit this month.
In the first-floor gallery, the Dallas-based collective “The Color Condition” transforms the first-floor gallery through a site-specific installation made from plastic streamers for their exhibition “Premium Quality.”
Known for their playful and immersive environments created from a variety of plastic and lightweight fabrics, “The Color Condition” aims to make work that calls attention to the sites where they are installed. Drawn to repetition, patterns, color, and the natural motion of wind, “The Color Condition” transforms synthetic materials into installations that mimic objects found in the natural environment. Their exhibition, “Premium Quality,” explores a symbolic collision of the internal and external components of their installations, done and undone, to reveal their hidden woven structures.
In the second floor 1878 Gallery, Cary Reeder presents a new series of paintings and cut paper works for the exhibition “Impermanence.”
“Impermanence” is an exhibition from a new series of paintings and cut-paper works by Houston artist Cary Reeder. Feeling unmoored by a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis in 2014, Reeder began this series as a means to explore themes of loss and renewal using nature-based imagery as her muse. With “Impermanence,” Reeder interprets trees, hands, paths, and portals through bright, highly-saturated paintings and cut-paper painted collage works. Reeder describes her personal relationship with the subject of these works as “a metaphor for my hands and fingers, their craggy knots resembling my joints and veiny lines mimicking mine, and the paths that they shade, symbolic of a journey with an unknown end.” Having primarily exhibited paintings in her past, these new cut-paper works mark a new direction in her practice.
In the Brown Foundation Gallery, Michael Golden’s exhibition, “0-Connected,” features a series of collages made from images he has culled from the past 30 years of his studio practice.
After retiring from teaching in 2016, Golden began sorting through his archive of images. The resulting works document his life experiences, personal associations, and play with visual metaphor through imagery pulled from science, nature and geometry. Golden’s life experiences of coming out, his varied medical history, travels, and teaching are clipped and juxtaposed with representations of forgiveness, oneness, family, and gender identity. Golden’s perception of space is altered by blindness in his right eye, with these collages offering viewers insight into his two-dimensional world.
GAC is the organizer of ArtWalk, which takes place every six weeks in Downtown Galveston. The ArtWalk brochure, which lists participating venues, hours, information, and map can be downloaded at galvestonartscenter.org.
The galleries and the ArtWorks Museum Store are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm, and Sunday 12 noon-5pm. Admission is free at all times.
For more information call (409)763-2403, go to facebook.com/galvestonartscenter, or galvestonartscenter.org.
Open Studio Night – Select Fridays 5-7pm, GAC hosts a casual open-studio session in the spacious Studio Classroom. Bring a project to work on or use some of the basic art materials provided for a self-guided activity. Enjoy the company and inspiration of fellow artists as well as music and refreshments as you unwind from your week. Open to adults and teens.
- March 9th: Art Happy Hour
- April 27th: Family Art Night
- June 8th: Art Happy Hour
- July 20th: Family Art Night
Ceramics Studio is held every Tuesday 6-8pm. This is offered in 4-week blocks following ArtWalk. Current schedule is Spring A: March 6th-27th, Spring B: April 24th-May 15th.
Every Wednesday Through February 21st (5:30-7:30pm) Printmaking Studio – Explore a variety of professional printmaking techniques with exhibiting artist Amber Kaiser of Burning Bones Press. Classes are offered in 6-week sessions, each focusing on a particular technique such as block printing, monotype, drypoint, collagraph, and screen printing. Students may continue in a favorite style or method during subsequent sessions after taking the introductory session. Nothing matches the excitement of rolling your paper through the press and pulling out your first original print! Learn how to correctly sign and number editions, create a series of prints, and prepare and mat your work for safe storage or framing. This is for ages 14-adult. Materials provided.
- Through February 21st – Block Printing (Linocut Printmaking), Chine–collé
- March 7th-April 11th – Drypoint Etching
- April 25th – May 30th – Screen Printing