Galveston Arts Center (GAC) currently has three solo exhibitions on view by Will Henry, Katy Heinlein, and Xochi Solis.
The galleries are open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12 to 5pm. GAC remains committed to providing a safe and welcoming space for visitors while we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to follow social distancing and disinfecting protocols and require face coverings while in the building. ArtWalk events are currently suspended until further notice.
On view in the main gallery, Will Henry’s exhibition, Watching Paint Dry, features recent paintings that continue the artist’s exploration of the landscape, abstraction, and mark-making. Henry’s exhibition will be on view through October 4, 2020.
Nervous Waters features the ceramic sculptures of Pat Johnson. Through humorous depictions of the artist as protagonist in a series of imagined scenes, Johnson’s works reveal personal narratives that often address political and social issues. This is on view through November 15th in the 1878 Gallery.
In the Brown Foundation Gallery, Francis Almendárez’ exhibition, rhythm and (p)leisure, is part of his ongoing investigation into the fruit and labor of working-class people, specifically of Central American and Caribbean diasporas. The work brings both physical labor and cultural production into the foreground, blurring the line between work and play/leisure. This is on view through November 15th.
These exhibitions are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
About the Exhibitions:
Will Henry’s exhibition, Watching Paint Dry, features recent paintings that continue the artist’s exploration of the landscape, abstraction, and mark making. Henry’s work is rooted in the history of painting and features atmospheric landscapes with constellations of marks floating on their surface. His gestural swipes of color are the subject of Henry’s work and create a low-fi trompe l’oeil effect, with the cropped sections of the landscape serving as a backdrop for an unfolding narrative. Henry’s connection to these sparse vistas is uprooted by an overlay of lines, swipes, and scribbles, echoing the gestures made on the screens through which we often experience these spaces in contemporary life.
About the Artist:
Will Henry is an artist based in Houston, TX. He received his BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. His work has been included in exhibitions throughout Texas over the past twenty years, including solo exhibitions at Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston; the Southwest School of Art, San Antonio; and the Old Jail Art Center, Albany. Henry was a finalist for the Texas Prize in 2012 at the Austin Museum of Art. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Old Jail Art Center, Albany. He is represented by Hiram Butler Gallery in Houston, TX. (willhenryartist.com)
This exhibition is supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts
For over 25 years, the Galveston Arts Center has organized ArtWalk on eight Saturday evenings each year in the heart of Galveston’s historic district. ArtWalk takes place inside existing art galleries (both commercial and non-profit) and other spaces such as cafes and shops that showcase rotating art exhibits. For more info, locations and more, go to galvestonartscenter.org. The ArtWalk brochure, which lists participating venues, hours, information, and map can be downloaded at galvestonartscenter.org. 2020 dates are:
August 22nd, October 10th, and November 28th.
“We take pride in this tradition and remain committed to promoting the business of artists and galleries through good times and challenging ones. It is in this spirit of solidarity that GAC presents, in lieu of ArtWalk, this new Galveston Gallery Guide to help art lovers connect with galleries, find virtual shopping options, and support working artists any day of the year.”
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Galleries and Artist Studios
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Design by Hanna Gonzales.
The ArtWalk design theme “Under the Surface” incorporates photographic textures sourced from hidden or overlooked corners of Galveston’s streets, sidewalks, and alleys.