End of summer exhibit to feature various American images, traditions
July 8, 2010
PLAINVIEW – A variety of images from American traditions and patriotism will share space in the Abraham Art Gallery at Wayland Baptist University with pieces from Wayland’s collection of art for a special end-of-summer exhibit open July 10 through August 20.
Titled “Blessings of Liberty,” the show will include images of American landmarks like the Grand Canyon – depicted in an oil painting by WBU alum and Lockney artist Joe Garnett titled “Ancient Cities of Stone” – and snips of history like the lunar landing depicted in Lubbock artist Don Pies’ multimedia piece titled “Lunar.”
According to Abraham Gallery curator Dr. Candace Keller – whose popular flag piece will be included in the show – the special exhibit really came together on a whim when her art students approached her about working the summer rather than taking time off. While the gallery is typically closed for a few weeks for cleaning and repairs in preparation for the next exhibition season, Keller said she liked the idea of adding another show.
“I am always trying to create internship experiences for my students so they can better understand what goes into the preparation and installation of an art exhibition, so I decided to add one more show to the 2010 roster,” she explained. “You might call it a show of gratitude, a selection of works drawn from Wayland and private collections, friends of the arts and students of art that represent our good fortune to be Americans. Our diversity, our opportunities, our freedom and the choices we have about what to make of our lives is in large part due to the courage and creativity, work and sacrifices of Americans through the generations.”
The show will include pieces from the following artists: Lara Manley, John Chinn, Armando Pena, Vickie Nelson, Carlos Jordan, Sy Ellens, Mark Hilliard, Candace Keller, Ben Konis, Sharon Larsen, David O’Brien, Carol Hopkins, Marguerite Butler, Carolyn Brain, Joe Provence,Gene Kloss, Joe Garnett, Harriet Feagin, Jay Coleman, Machelle Carden, Dr. Ray Freeman,Jonathan Davis, Richard Porter and Don Pies.
The Abraham Gallery exhibits are free and open to the public during regular hours of the Mabee Learning Resources Center, which houses the gallery in its lower level: 10-5 Monday through Thursday, 10-4 Friday and 2-5 Saturday. For more information, contact the gallery at (806) 291-3710.