In keeping with the Texas weather, March is coming in like a lion, horned lizard, heron, endangered red wolves and a monkey in a rain forest, plus everything in-between at the Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA) Gallery. The gallery curator for The Wildness of Nature Show, Shari Hornish asked the artists to explore nature in all of its glory. It was a tall order considering that it includes the “whole system of existence, forces, and events of the physical world that are not controlled by man; a wild primitive state untouched by man; the realm of geology and wildlife.”
The artists used a wide variety of mediums to represent nature including sculptures. One intriguing sculptural piece by artist Cynthia Daniel is composed of jagged metal edges stacked together like pick up sticks with a bird of prey feather hanging precariously at the top. Another artist, KeLaine Kvale explored horned lizards, now close to extinction in Texas, in a captivating watercolor series. Artist Andie Comini takes an abstract approach of nature with beautiful mosaics from cut glass, stones and natural found objects.
One breathtaking enhanced digital photograph by artist Jan Partin captures the beauty of a blue heron with wings spread ready for flight at White Rock Lake. The bird’s reflection appears as a dark graphic shadow in the water. Yet another artist causes the viewer to study a lion’s face with a masterful pencil drawing of an extreme close up of the African jungle's king. Another acrylic painting has a bird’s eye view of the Brazilian rain forest with a super-sized monkey’s head popping out of the treetops just as an ominous shadow from a plane dances across the massive forest overhead.
Many of Texas’ finest artists brought their imaginations to life in this strong art show. Their work is reasonably priced their so art lovers have the chance to collect oil and acrylic paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography, sculptures and prints. TVAA gallery curator Jan Partin hopes DFW will support local award winning artists and the non-profit organization.
The TVAA Gallery is centrally located inside the Plaza of the Americas on the main level in downtown Dallas near the Arts District. Parking lots around the Plaza of the Americas are plentiful. There is convenient parking inside the building and parking meters along the streets. The plaza also has many restaurants inside on the level just below the gallery.
The Wildness of Nature Show & Sale
TVAA Downtown Gallery
700 N Pearl Street; Lobby Level 1
Dallas, Texas 75201
Show dates: March 1 – 29, 2013 Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Artist Reception March 10, 2 – 4 The public is welcome.