Abraham Gallery hosting watercolor exhibit

PLAINVIEW -- The first exhibition of the Abraham Art Gallery season at Wayland Baptist University will feature works from the Lone Star Pastel Society and the Watercolor Society of Amarillo in a collaborative show.

According to Dr. Candace Keller, Professor of Art and Curator for the Abraham Gallery, the Lone Star Pastel Society was organized in 1995 to further education in and appreciation for pastels as a fine arts painting medium.

“They have a very active group with a lot of creative energy, and it is always great to work with them,” Keller said.

Ginny Slesick, the current president of the group, helped to organize the exhibit and bring the pastel artists together with members of the Watercolor Society of Amarillo, a newer organization now in its third year. Charles Firestone serves as president of the watercolor group, and artists participating in the joint exhibit include Len Slesick, Janette Dickerson, Beth Thomas, Faye Kilough, Ginny Slesick, Cindy Kelleher, Virgie Long, Karen Schultz, Jean Marlow, Charles Firestone, Cara Dawn Macias, Cherine Kuster, Polly Tubb, Judy Hopkins, Karen Herpich, Stephanie Sullivan, Susan Porter, Jo Bryan, Ken Wampler, Karen Reimer, and Joan Hartenstein.

A reception for the artists is scheduled for Sunday, Sept.11, from 2 - 4 p.m. in the atrium of the Mabee Learning Resources Center, and is open to everyone. The show will be on view now through Sept. 23.

According to Keller, the remainder of the gallery season will feature a mix of national and regional talent, with the second show featuring Wayland student Debbe Brightbill.

Her first solo exhibition, called “Line Upon Line: Works by Debbe Brightbill,” features works in acrylic, ink, pencil and charcoal. Brightbill’s work explores art and life as a journey. The exhibit will run Sept. 28 through Oct. 18, with an artist reception on Oct. 1.

“Paper Cuts: The Art of Contemporary Paper” will follow in the gallery Oct. 25 through Nov. 30, in cooperation with the Mid-America Arts Alliance and ExhibitsUSA. This national exhibit will showcase a diverse collection of sculptural and three-dimensional paper artforms, proof that papermakers have transformed traditional images and techniques into modern art using one of the world’s oldest mediums.

The final show of the fall term is a student art show and sale from Dec. 2-15. the spring term begins with the West Texas Regional 2006 Scholastic Art Competition, a national juried competition for art students in high school and junior high. The competition offers a chance for scholarships and a gallery show in the nation’s capitol.

In February 2006, the gallery will present “The 104th Psalm: Photography by Richard Porter.” This professional photographer and alumni of the university has generously offered a portfolio of his inspirational photographic works for sale as a scholarship fundraiser for Wayland students. This exhibition will be the Homecoming show, and a reception to meet the artist will be scheduled on Feb. 23.

The 2005-06 season continues with the Senior Art Practicum Exhibit, featuring the works of graduating senior art majors, running from March 31 to April 21.  The Plains Art Association’s 45th Spring Juried Art Show and Sale rounds out the season from May 10 to June 3, with an awards reception on the 3rd. The juried competition is open to all artists working in a number of different media categories.

The gallery is open during regular library hours: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, and from 2-5 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free.