Artists, Galleries & Museums

“The Color Condition” opens at Galveston Arts Center

This Month at Galveston Arts Center

On Exhibit January 13th – February 25th

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 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.

Michael Golden’s exhibition, “0-Connected,” includes collages created from images he has collected over 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

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, or


January 17th, 24th, 31st, February 7th, 14th, 21st (5:30-7:30pm) – Printing Making Studio – Explore a variety of professional printmaking techniques with exhibiting artist Amber Kaiser of Burning Bones Press. Each 6-week session will focus 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. Experience the excitement of rolling the press cylinder over your inked plate or block and pulling out your first original print! Learn how to correctly sign and number editions, or create a series of prints. All levels welcome; no experience necessary. All techniques can be done without any special proficiency in drawing. Ages 14-Adult. Materials provided. This is a 6 week course. Fee: $150 – register at $120 for GAC members – call (409) 763-2403 for discount. High School Students participate for free! Email education@galvestonartscenter to find out how. Dates and Topics

  • January 17 – February 21: Block Printing – Linocuts, Chine–collé
  • March 7 – April 11: Drypoint Etching
  • April 25 – May 30: Screen Printing

Returning students are welcome to continue working in a previous technique during later sessions. Amber Kaiser received her B.F.A in ceramics but also fell in love with the process of printmaking and has been practicing for the past 8 years. She joined Burning Bones Press in 2014 where she continues to learn from other printmakers. She has traveled internationally to exhibit and demonstrate her techniques. Kaiser’s work was featured in a recent Burning Bones exhibition at Galveston Arts Center.

January 13th (6-9pm) – Opening Reception and ArtWalk for “The Color Condition,” Michael Golden, and Cary Reeder – 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.” 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, “0-Connected,” features a series of collages made from images he has culled from the past 30 years of his studio practice. Artists will be on hand for an Artist Talk at 6:30pm. Free to attend.

January 18th, 25th, February 1st, 8th (5:30-7:30pm) – Tied in Knots Knitting Studio – With Susan Vanderford. Classes 1-4: October 19, 26, November 2, 9 (Fall Series). Classes 5-8: January 18, 25, February 1*, 8 (Winter Series). Whether you are new to knitting or need a refresher, this series will teach you basic stitches and how to incorporate them into fun crafts! Classes have independent projects/lessons to accommodate all level of beginners at any point in the series. No experience necessary!

  • Class 1: Back to Basics /project: neck scarf
  • Class 2: Lace Knitting-beginner / project: lace scarf
  • Class 3: Cable Knitting-beginner / project: headband
  • Class 4: Fair Isle Knitting-beginner / project: headband

$12 person session or $40 when you sign up for all 4. *February 1st is GAC’s annual Mardi Gras Mask-Making Party. Knitters are welcome to make a mask at no extra cost, or just hang out and knit. More information at

January 20th (10am-4pm) – Polymer Clay Workshop: Making Beads Using a Polymer Clay Extruder – Paula Kennedy will host this workshop (bring a bag lunch). Learn techniques for making beads using a polymer clay extruder. Bring a work surface and pasta machine if you have them. Toaster ovens provided. Tuition is $75. This is part of an ongoing, seasonal workshop series at Galveston Arts Center. Future workshop are: May 5th:  Polymer Clay and Rubber Stamps; July 21st:  Imitation Stone Beads: Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise and Coral.

January 25th (6:30-8:30pm) – Conversations at The Center – Darryl Ratcliff and Rick Lowe –  Galveston Arts Center (GAC) presents its annual speaker series, Conversations @ The Center beginning January 25, 2017. The series features contemporary artists and other arts professionals who speak about and show images of their work, practices, professions, or discuss timely issues in contemporary visual art. This year’s theme will be Artists as Activists, including artists whose work engages communities, is political in nature, and acts as agents for social change. The 2018 series will feature six speakers, paired in conversation around their work through three Conversations. 2018 Conversations @ The Center Schedule

Darryl Ratcliff, Social Practice Artist, Cultural Organizer, Curator, Writer, and Poet, Ash Studios
( – Darryl Ratcliff is a social practice artist based in Dallas, TX. In 2012, Ratcliff co-founded Ash Studios with artist Fred Villanueva, a 20,000 square foot DIY arts center serving communities of color in Dallas. In 2013, Ratcliff became the inaugural artist-in-residence for Rick Lowe’s Trans.lation: Vickery Meadow initiated by the Nasher Sculpture Center. In 2014, Ratcliff initiated Creating Our Future (COF), an art project that focuses on creativity and civic engagement and registered over a hundred millennials to vote for the 2015 city council elections. COF successfully advocated for $225,000 in cultural equity grants from the City of Dallas in 2016. Currently Ratcliff is working with his art collective, Michelada Think Tank, in the City of Dallas to create pathways for creatives of color from high school to retirement. Ratcliff is also a recent recipient of artist awards from the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

Rick Lowe, Artist and Founder, Project Row Houses (
– Over the past twenty years, Houston based artist Rick Lowe has worked both inside and outside of art world institutions by participating in exhibitions and developing community based art projects. In 1993, Lowe founded Project Row Houses, an arts and cultural community located in a historically significant and culturally charged Third Ward neighborhood in Houston. In 2006, he spearheaded Transforma Projects in New Orleans, a collaborative effort to engage artists and creativity in the rebuilding of the city after hurricane Katrina. President Barack Obama appointed Lowe to the National Council on the Arts in 2013. His exhibitions include; Phoenix Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY, Kwangji Bienale, Kwangji, Korea, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Glassell School, Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Kumamoto State Museum, Kumamoto, Japan, Venice Architecture Bienale. Cittadellarte, Biella, Italy, Nasher Scuplture Center, Dallas, TX. Community building projects include; Project Row Houses, Houston; Trans.lation: Vickery Meadow, Dallas; Watts House Project, Los Angeles, CA; Arts Plan for Rem Koolhaus designed Seattle Public Library with Jessica Cusick; Borough Project for Spoleto Festival with Suzanne Lacy, Charleston, SC; Delray Beach Cultural Loop, Delray Beach, FL, a project for the Seattle Art Museum in their new Olympic Sculpture Park with David Adjaye. Among Lowe’s honors are; 2014 MacArthur Fellowship; Rudy Bruner Awards in Urban Excellence; AIA Keystone Award, the Heinz Award in the arts and humanities; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Governors Award; Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, Mel King Fellow at MIT; Skandalaris Award for Excellence in Art Architecture, U.S. Artists Booth Fellow, and the Creative Time Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change.

January 26th (6-8pm) – Free Umbrella Brigade Workshop – The Galveston Arts Center invites you to join us in marching with the Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Parade! We will be hosting an umbrella decorating party in our studio the Friday before the Parade. Bring an umbrella of your choice; all we ask is that you use our GAC blue (paint provided) throughout your designs! All other materials will be provided as well as pizza and refreshments! The parade is on Friday, February 2 at 8:30 PM. All umbrella carriers will gain free entry into Mardi Gras! Please email by January 14 if you’d like to participate!

January 27th (1-4pm) – Exhibit Connect: “Collages with Michael Golden and Christine West” – These one-day workshops are offered on weekends during most exhibits and include an exhibit tour.  The workshop is taught by the exhibiting artist, or by a professional working in a related theme or topic.  Time, duration and fees vary by exhibit, and RSVP is required. Kids under 10 are welcome to attend with a parent.

Weekly Events

Life Drawing Studio is held on Mondays, 5:30-7:30pm. This is offered in 4-week blocks following ArtWalk. Call for current schedule.

Yoga in the Gallery is held every Wednesday from 6-7pm. Register through Texas Yoga Flow.

Ceramics Studio is held every Tuesday 6-8pm. This is offered in 4-week blocks following ArtWalk. Call for current schedule.

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