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Roger Winter and Lin Wang at Kirk Hopper Gallery

A Class Note From Nearly 30 Years Ago — Roger Winter and A Transfer of Spirit

A Class Note From Nearly 30 Years Ago — Roger Winter and A Transfer of Spirit

The current exhibition A Transfer of Spirit at Kirk Hopper Gallery features a selection of work from students who studied with Roger Winter from the museum school in the 60’s and SMU. The opening was well-attended and included a visit from Laura and George W. Bush, who studied with Gail Norfleet, one of the featured artists. We had

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We See No Strangers, But ourselves — Maryanne Meltzer’s Stranger Series

Maryanne Meltzer (1922-2014) is remembered as a vibrant personality and a strong voice for women in the art community. Having studied with Otis Dozier and Jerry Bywaters in her earlier years, at the age of 67 she went to complete her masters degree in Aesthetic Studies, under Argentina-born artist Kazuya Sakai. Figures are the core

Portraiture by Kim Brewer

Portraits by Kim Brewer

Handcrafts have traditionally been associated with feminine activities, especially in a domestic setting. Brewer nevertheless embraces low art into her artistic pursuit. In her own modest words, she is not a master of any medium, but she is willing to let each medium guide her into a terrain unknown, searching for her own artistic voice.

James Turrell Skyspace @Rice University

An Ecstasy That Rocks Into A Lullaby — James Turrell’s Skyspace at Rice University

Like Tarkovsky’ movies, Turrell’s Skyspace at Rice University takes long. Each long-waited color transition blends the boundary between artificial and natural, and blurs our perception with memory. In doing so, the hour-long program functions as a lullaby for adults. The initial ecstasy recedes into a spiritual form of self reflection.

Dan Helsel SAMA

Preserving Western Pennsylvania Through Art

These are not the artists on the list of art investors or brokers. Yet their works connect rural Pennsylvania with national art scenes, often through a reference to their indebted influence from European modernism, American regionalism or New York school. It shows that while public art may not be democratic, individuals can blossom regardless their root and locale.

Billy Hassell Conduit Fort Worth

From Nature to Nudes — Art Scenes from Dallas Art Galleries Opening Night April 5

Once again the first stop during the art walk was Conduit Gallery. Here Billy Hassell’s new exhibition Illumination at Conduit Gallery challenges whether a decorative tradition, once in full bloom, can be perceived beyond its decorative nature. Whimsical and cheery, flora and fauna are flattened into opaque shapes interlocking within giant canvases. Its maniac nature-inspired

Five Parrots Carved Piece from Francis Crespo

The Land of Uncatalogued – Scenes from Antiques Shows in Nashville

At both the Tailgate-Music Valley Antique Show and the Heart of Country Antiques Show, dealers were finding ways to discount the effect of information explosion. In many cases, the items were so unique that you can hardly describe them in a few words, not to mention to find catalogues for comp. The term “one of the kinds” has gone to a new degree of dimension.

Cowan Clock Screen Shot

If Proportion Isn’t Right, So What?

Albert Sack once said about antiques: If the proportion isn’t right, nothing is. The American decorative art from 18th and 19th century, regardless of regional preferences and regional characters, has been well defined with a set of specific visual vocabulary, beyond which authenticity and originality would be cast in doubt. But often, Americana has its

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