Studio Tour Kicks Off at Bogan Gallery

2011 marks the second year that Galveston’s most prominent artists have opened their studios for public tours. Based on similar events across America, this tour has the added attraction of taking place in one of America’s most historic cities. Visitors will be treated to studios in lofts, in historic homes and everything between. The tour is free and open to the public.The 2011 Studio Tour kicks off with an artist’s reception on Friday, March 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bogan Gallery. Stop by and meet all the studio tour artists, view a sampling of their works, and pick up information about the tour.

The show at Bogan Gallery is comprised of several examples of each Studio Tour artist’s work, and these will remain on view/sale through April 23. Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the first day of the studio tour which continues during the day Sunday, March 13, from noon to 5 p.m.This is a wonderful opportunity to interact with the artistic community in Galveston and to see the wide variety of inventive spaces used for studios on the island. Each artist will offer their works for sale, and will have information on the location of the other studios on the tour. In addition, Saturday evening is an ArtWalk evening where local galleries, including Bogan Gallery, will remain open from 6 to 9 p.m.
This year’s participating artists are: Stephanie Thomas, Danny Pickett, George Bowes, Gayle Reynolds, Marie Leterme, Martha Terrill, Janet Hassinger, Kamila Szczesna, Kathy Nixie, Sallie Anderson, Loretta Trevino, Rene WIley, and Robyn Pandolph. A wide range of media is represented from kite making to watercolor, from ceramics to cloth design. Supporters, without whom the tour would not be possible, include, the Galveston Historical Foundation, AHGI and the Galveston Arts Center.
Also at Bogan Gallery from March 11 through April 23 is wood sculptor Chris Hedrick whose art is an extension of himself. It reflects his passions: reptiles, surfing, wildlife, cars, construction and certain shapes and foods. Whether in sculpture, paintings or mixed media, his work is defined by unique – frequently tongue-in-cheek – combinations of subjects and contrasting materials. Currently he is creating small scale sculptures in exotic hardwoods – using the natural colors and grain of the woods as descriptive elements in the sculpture. The pieces are playful with odd combinations of subject and materials. All of Hedrick’s pieces are made from a single piece of wood, but the trompe l’oeil effect is astounding.
Bogan Gallery is a Fine Arts Gallery located at 2217 Postoffice. Gallery hours beginning March 12 will be Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Call 409-765-1711 for more information or visit the gallery website at gallery accepts most major debit and credit cards, checks, cash, Bogan Gallery gift certificates and offers payment plans on select pieces you can easy pay using their pay by text service.

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