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On The Cover
This month’s cover features one of Jennifer Peck’s popular shell and glass mosaic windows. Jennifer and her partner, Steve Davis, began creating these out of their garage about four years ago, as a side art project they could to do together. “We were attending an art event in Key West and saw some similar art with found metal in resin, and thought we could make pieces like this with glass and shells.” When they got back to the Island they found the Galveston Historical Foundation was a great source for old windows they could use as frames and it added character that these come out of the old Galveston houses. Over the years they’ve found interesting sources for stained and sea glass, as well as shells, and many friends have offered their beach combing collections. This month the gallery is filled with a wonderful collection of new windows.
Other news this summer was Jennifer’s sell out show at the Mosquito Cafe, which was a series of works created for a course taken at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Glassell school. Jennifer created 13 small original works all in the theme of love and spiritual evolution which sold out, but she came out with three of those images in limited edition giclee prints available at PeckArts called the Shine the Heart Suite.
Mary Farragher was named Gallery Director earlier this year. She comes to the position with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Youngstown State University with an emphasis on studio and museum studies. Mary moved to Galveston with her brother in 2012, because she loves the Island and its arts community. She an accomplished artist herself, creating detailed abstract paintings that can be seen in PeckArts main gallery this month.
Jennifer has taken a private studio in Sarasota, Florida for the year to focus on painting and collaging. A dream of hers which has finally come to fruition. A city well known for its vibrant art scene, she will be working and showing with new artists, and is planning to dive into her work in a completely new way. Jennifer will remain involved in the day to day business of the gallery, but she can also now take advantage of some time to focus on creating new art. While planning some trips to Galveston for Artwalks and to see friends, Jennifer is looking forward to sending back to PeckArts walls, the fruits of her labors over the next year!
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