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“Low Magic” Exhibition at Galveston Arts Center


Creative Exhibitions & Classes at Galveston Arts Center

“Low Magic”

Fort Worth-based artist Jesse Morgan Barnett’s exhibition “LOW MAGIC,” follows the artist’s correspondence with Valery Spiridonov, the first confirmed head/body transplantation patient, and works through questions about conditionality, perseverance, and naturalistic interpretations of luck.

In the second floor 1878 and Brown Foundation Galleries, “Visual Pathology” presents a collaboration with GAC and the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston.

These exhibitions will remain on view through October 7th.

Exhibitions on view at Galveston Arts Center October 13th-November 18th

“Leisurely” by Buster Graybill Opening Saturday, October 13th

Galveston Arts Center (GAC) presents three new exhibitions opening Saturday, October 13th,6-9pm, with artist talks beginning at 6:30pm.

In the first-floor gallery, Buster Graybill presents sculptures made from objects associated with outdoor leisure and hobbies alongside paintings made from lawn-chair straps for the exhibition “Leisurely.”

In the second-floor 1878 Gallery, the exhibition “Cultivate” includes intricate, small-scale sculptures by Jasmyne Graybill that resemble mold cultures and organic infestations of domestic objects.

In the Brown Foundation Gallery, Bill Willis presents new paintings based on images sourced from his everyday life as well as vintage cookbooks for the exhibition “Totally Okay.”

These exhibitions will remain on view through November 18th.

About the Exhibitions

“Leisurely” is a culmination of 3 years of sculptures and lawn chair strap “paintings” from Buster Graybill’s ongoing “Recreational Modernism” series. This work celebrates the formal nuances and conceptual potential of objects and materials often associated with outdoor leisure and hobbies. Graybill incorporates materials that might be found at a backyard BBQ, on a fishing trip, or in the garage while tinkering on a hotrod. Exploring Modernist tendencies through a rural working-class perspective, Graybill’s works challenge perceived notions of value and the hierarchies imposed on objects of “high” and “low” culture. Like a miner panning for gold, Graybill sifts through his own environment with a playful yet discerning eye, finding beauty, humor, poetry, and value in the sediment of everyday life.

“Cultivate” is an exhibition of intricate, small-scale sculptures by Jasmyne Graybill. Using dental tools, the artist meticulously sculpts polymer clay into fictional organisms grafted onto domestic objects. Inspired by nature’s uncanny ability to flourish in synthetic environments, Graybill’s work visually references barnacles that encrust coastal piers and colonies of mold that fester in the dark voids within our homes. Everyday household objects like spoons, plates, or garden tools become transformed, as these fictional cultures visually adapt to the texture, color, and patterns of the host object. Scrutinizing the processes of adaptation, each work celebrates nature’s resiliency, finding wonder and beauty in the most denigrated elements of our environment.

Bill Willis’ exhibition, “Totally Okay,” includes genre paintings whose sources include vintage cook books and images taken from his friend’s social media feeds to assemble an aggregate social and lifestyle fantasy. Willis’ works often embed a sly sense of humor into depictions of mundane subjects, resulting in sincere works that contemplate scenes from his internet searches and everyday life.

About GAC

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.



Art Club for Kids (every Tuesday, 4:15-5:45pm) – GAC’s Summer Art program has become so popular, they’ve decided to extend their weekly classes for kids year-round. Perfect for home-schoolers or after school, this mixed age art club centers on student-directed exploration of drawing, painting, sculpture, and more. Instructors focus on expanding students’ experience of art beyond the school classroom and introducing novel art techniques, tools, concepts, and inspiration. There will be no cookie-cutter craft projects here. GAC instructors teach expressive arts practice, where kids use traditional art techniques to develop essential skills like intuitive reasoning, investigative play, and self-confidence. Join any week, or enroll for the whole semester! Fall Semester is September 4th-December 18th with no class Thanksgiving week. Spring Semester will be January 22nd-May 13th with no class on Mardi Gras February 22nd or GISD Spring Break starting March 12th. This program is designed for students in grades 3-9. Cost depends on how many session your child attends.

October 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th (Tuesdays, 6-8pm): Ceramic Studio – Learn hand-building techniques in pottery, figurative sculpture, and glazing with earthenware clay. Create sculptural relief tiles, full 3D 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. Students will learn the anatomy of a vessel, how to securely join corners and handles, make lids fit properly, and various kinds of surface treatments, textures and glazes. Bisque and glaze firings are scheduled at an off-site kiln regularly. All materials and supplies provided. Beginners welcome. Ceramics Studio is an ongoing program. Work at your own pace, and use your passes as you go–good for up to 4 months. Fees are $50 for two sessions or $75 for four sessions.

October 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st (Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm): Life Drawing Class – 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, medical illustration, or just learning to “see” like an artist, this is for you. The Life Drawing Studio at Galveston Arts Center meets for two hours on Wednesday evenings. Live models pose for short “gestures” and longer poses of up to 90 minutes. Focus is on study of the human figure in its natural state; models typically pose nude or, occasionally, semi-clothed/draped. Artists are invited to bring their own materials and supplies. The spacious, well-lit studio is equipped with eight standing easels and 16 adjustable-angle drafting tables. Fees are $12 per day or $10 per day when you purchase four or more passes at once.

October 13th (10am-4pm): Polymer Clay Workshop – Come to this all-day workshop where Paula Kennedy will show you how to use an extruder make a variety of different designs including the look of a woven basket, decorative vines, several styles of beads, and miniature quilt patterns. Cost is $75.

October 13th (6-9pm): Museum of Pocket Art featuring Elaine Bradford and Ernesto Walker – The Galveston Arts Center welcomes the Museum of Pocket Art (MoPA) during ArtWalk on October 13th, 6-9pm. MoPA presents two exhibitions by artists Elaine Bradford (Houston, TX) and Ernesto Walker (Monterrey, Mexico). The Museum of Pocket Art began fifteen years ago with an idea that everyone should carry with them a small artwork in a pocket to enrich their day and share with others. MoPA developed this idea and organized it into a formal venue for contemporary artists and patrons.

October 14th, 21st, 28th, November 4th, 11th, 18th (Sunday, 3-5pm): 10 Steps to Drawing – This is the class for people who “can’t draw,” beginners, or for those who want to brush up on the basics. Master the 7 elements of art and survey a broad range of mediums and subjects. Class is customized to your drawing goals and interests. You’ll start to see like an artist and won’t believe your results after our very first drawing assignment. Lots of handouts and resources to keep your drawing practice strong after the class is over. Class fees are $150 for a 6 week session.

Every Monday October 15th-November 21st (5:30-7:30pm): Printing Workshop – Explore a variety of professional printmaking techniques. Instructors are professional, exhibiting printmaking artists who with fine art degrees and lots of experience teaching printmaking to adults. Experience the excitement of pulling out your first original print. Learn how to correctly sign and number editions, create a series of prints, and more. March 4th-April 8th, 2019: Printmaking Sampler II with Betsy Campbell will be held. All levels welcome; no experience necessary.

October 19th (6-7:30pm): “Yoga in the Gallery Benefit Class – Enjoy a donation-based community yoga class offered once a season. Stretch, flow, and breathe while immersed in art with Jim Turner, RYT of Texas Yoga Flow. This is an all-levels class based in the Kripalu method and is open to the public. GAC’s beautifully remodeled historic building is the perfect place to deepen your yoga practice, with continuously changing exhibitions of original contemporary art on which to meditate.


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