Night and Day as Seen by Local Artist
René Wiley Studio and Gallery is showing views of Galveston’s alleyways and streets as seen by local oil painter René Wiley during both “Nightand Day,” as her most recent show is titled. For these newest pieces Wiley has explored adding new colors into her palette for the artificial light that illuminates downtown at night. The artist and owner has beautifully reconstructed downtown Galveston’s architecture into simplified abstractions of the originals. Wiley is inspired by the geometric patterns of form, light and shadow that are found in the East End neighborhoods and her signature use of bold color and thick oil paint to build these uniquely Galveston structures will impress you.
Join the gallery for ArtWalk from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, for the opening reception of “Light and Water,” a series of paintings by Rachel Wiley focusing on harbor nightscapes that capture glistening lights upon the bay. Original paintings from previous shows, which include dramatic compositions of Galveston’s native Texas birds, some of which were done in collaboration with local wildlife photographer Irene Amiet Quiroga, as well as serene marshlandscapes and downtown Galveston’s historic churches, are all available in the gallery. Limited edition, gallery-wrapped, fine art prints of Wiley‘s most popular works can also be purchased and, as all the works in the gallery, can be easily shipped home for traveling convenience.
Popular wood sculptor James D. Phillips, known for his striking tree carvings found throughout Galveston’s historical neighborhoods, has new reclaimed woodsculptures on display in the gallery, depicting local marine life such as pelicans, cranes, redfish and rays. Nationally recognized textile artist Brenda Bunten-Schloesser has several new hand-dyed, textile mosaic paintings of Galveston’s downtown architecture available in the gallery. Beautiful laminated wood bowls by artist Dale Hooks are turned from the ‘Iked’ Broadway Oak Trees and other reclaimed wood. Glass artist Bill Meek’s gorgeous hammered glass bowls and sculptures are on display, as well as jewelry artist Becky Wolfe’s handwoven crosses of turquoise and amethyst stones.
Other paintings in the gallery include a collection of marsh landscape paintings by Texas oil painter Darlene Wall, published in “Texas Traditions: Contemporary Artists of the Lone Star State,” by Michael Duty. Newest to the gallery is Wiley’scollection of urban and rural landscapes, executed in both water soluble oils and acrylic mediums.
The René Wiley Studio and Gallery is located at 2128 Postoffice Street. Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information call the gallery at 409-750-9077 or visit www.renewiley.com.