Art in Town

Art in Town

By Joe Starkey

 

 

 

You really need to go downtown to see the current shows before the April 14th Artwalk. Shows coming down include the Youth Art Show at the Grace by area middle and high school students. Since I went during Spring Break, many of the students were showing their parents and friends the art each school had created. Erin Hurt of Wylie High School had a very interesting black and white piece of abstract design. I asked how she decided what to put on the paper and she said she “just noodles”. Asked how she knew the piece was finished – she said “when the page is covered.” Photo by Joe Starkey{{more}}Also at the Grace is a show by Mary McCleary of really amazing “mixed media collage on paper” that, at first look, is a nice painting but when you get closer – it becomes a three dimensional work that is simply great. Photo by Joe StarkeyThe Contemporary Arts Center had just taken down their combined show of Member Artists works combined with flower arrangements but one was still up and here it is. Photo by Joe StarkeyUpstairs in the Wright Gallery is “Alice’s Garden” featuring flower portraits by Alice Wright. My favorite was “Tim’s Rose” and I took a portion of it to show our readers. Photo by Joe StarkeyWalking between the Grace and the Contemporary Art Center, I saw two ladies in high cowboy boots, T shirts and swirly skirts being followed by a photographer and a lady carrying props. So when they walked out to the Center of Cypress Street and sat down – I yanked my camera out of the bag and took a “process’ photograph to show how Catillac Style gets those images they use to bring you into the store. Featured are Traci Childers in blue, Rainy Jordan in pink and Shay Sipe as the photographer. Photo by Joe Starkey.An interesting travel show was in the small gallery off the main gallery. This show by Virginia Lee Lierz of Santa Fe is the result of trips taken to India in 1975, 2005 and 2010. She remarked that on her first trip on a bus tour most of the people were pedestrians with a fortunate few having camels, elephants and bicycles. By the 2005 tour most were traveling by trucks, cars and mopeds. She told of a family of 5 all aboard one small moped. Cows were still sacred and were the “traffic calmers” as everybody tried to respect them. Photo by Joe Starkey