Artists, Galleries & Museums

Galveston Art League Contest Entries on Exhibit in February

Award-winning artist Gay Paratore, a Galveston Island native, will be the Featured Artist for March at the Galveston Art League Gallery, 2117A Postoffice St. in Downtown Galveston. Paratore, a Galveston Art League member for 65-plus years, paints in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, and mixed-media collage. Her other pursuits are working in glass, clay, and wood; making jewelry; weaving; and print-making.

She teaches with University of Texas Medical Branch Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in Galveston, Butler Longhorn Museum in League City, her home/studio, and Woodlawn Museum in Maine. Seeing a need for a national organization for artists in every media, Paratore founded the Galveston County-based National Society of Artists in 1985.

Paratore enters about 25 competitions a year, including the Texas City Art Festival and Galveston Art League and National Society of Artists shows, plus many national and international shows. She has won close to 500 ribbons and awards, with her favorites being Best of Show for National Watercolor Society, Galveston Art League, National Society of Artists, and Watercolor Art Society of Houston; and third place, watercolor, Portrait Society of America.

Paratore often exhibits at the Galveston Art League Gallery, but as featured artist, many more of her works are on display and offered for sale.

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