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In September, owner and artist René Wiley will be showing her newest figure paintings of children on the beach. These pieces are inspired by her recent work in figure studies, as well as reflections on her time spent as a student under artist John Asaro early in her career. For better painting blogs you can check this out.

René continues to have many colorful paintings of local landscapes, harbor scenes and alleyway views throughout the gallery. The vibrant oranges, reds and purples of the island’s extraordinary sunrises and sunsets, as well as the vivid blues and grays of storm clouds, are all painted with thick textural brush strokes on a range of canvas sizes. Limited edition fine art prints are available of some of her most popular works.
The gallery is excited to present new woodwork by artist Dale Hooks. His layered wooden bowls turned from the Iked Broadway Oak Trees and other reclaimed wood are of exceptional craftsmanship. New sculptures from artist James Phillips, including beautiful pieces inlaid with turquoise, are available. Phillips is well known for his striking tree sculptures found throughout Galveston’s historical neighborhoods.
Artist Fog Tanner’s smaller, delicate bowls turned from single pieces of reclaimed wood make perfect gifts.
Oil painter Darlene Wall will be showing pieces from her collection of coastal scenes and textile artist Brenda Bunten-Schloesser continues to show her unique hand-dyed mosaic pieces.
  René Wiley Studio and Gallery is located at the corner of 22nd Street and Postoffice Street, next door to Mod Coffeehouse, at 2128 Postoffice Street. Hours are daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call the gallery at (409) 750-9077 or visit

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Blossom Street Gallery, soon to be renamed Watson Gallery, is a new and significant addition to downtown Galveston. The island location recently opened on May 3 and other Blossom Street Gallery locations continue to sprout up everywhere. Current locations include one each on The Strand and in The Woodlands. 

The Strand Street location is open five days a week; Tuesday and Wednesday hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Woodlands location features one-night shows. Look for the new Houston location to open on September 11.
Blossom Street Gallery works with 75 artists in Houston and Galveston and features 25 to 30 artists at a time. The gallery’s main objective is to support local artists. Blossom Street Gallery does everything they can to assist the up and coming; understanding that some artists must work full time at other jobs while possessing a passion for creating. They rent out wall space to artists who then earn 100 percent commission from the sale of their work. Photographer Jane Chance is one of the artists currently featured at Blossom Street Gallery on The Strand.
  For any inquires contact Melissa Watson by e-mail at or call 585-737-9524.
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Bogan Gallery highlights Local Color

Bogan Gallery continues with the paintings of artist Joyce Howell in her one woman show, “Local Color.”  Howell’s abstract works use softly blended colors of blues, grays and greens to promote a mood of calmness and serenity while other works use orchres, oranges and browns to impart a feeling of gentle warmth. 
Works that she calls, “stains,” are made on paper using inks, tea, varnishes and oils.  A Howell painting is the perfect way to bring the colors of the sea and sand into your home.
New to Bogan Gallery is artist Diana Atchetee, who is inspired by nature, particularly birds such as cardinals, ravens and hummingbirds.  
Atchetee’s hummingbird works are done in her signature style and add beauty to any modern or traditional decor. She pays particular attention to the details which distinguish each bird while adding a decisively human element, such as lettering, to reflect the relationship between man and nature. 
Faithfully adhering to the vibrant colors nature has assigned to the fowl, Atchetee chooses the background and lettering colors to create an equally vibrant man-made backdrop.
  Bogan Gallery is located at 2217 Postoffice in the heart of the historic downtown arts and entertainment district in Galveston, Texas. Hours and days of operation are: Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Bogan Gallery accepts most major credit and debit cards, cash, checks and offers payment plans on select works. 
  For more information call 409-765-1711, or visit the website,   

DesignWorks presents Saralene Tapley: ‘Free Floating’


“Free Floating,” an exhibition of new paintings by Saralene Tapley (Galveston Island, TX.) opened on the August 28 ArtWalk at DesignWorks Gallery and continues until October 3.
Saralene Tapley (Galveston Island, TX.) takes a respite from producing the exceptional portraits for which she is justly known, to produce these artful studies of bodies at play in an unfamiliar medium – water. She is at her expressionistic best in these paintings of people cavorting in water.
Expressionism is a style of painting in which the artist seeks to express emotional experience rather than an impression of the external world. Expressionists characteristically reject traditional ideas of beauty and harmony and, instead, employ exaggeration and distortion to express and emphasize the inner world of emotion.
Tapley’s abundant talent continues to shine forth – her exceptional skill handling paint – her deft and imaginative use of color – but in these paintings there is something more. Having lived in other parts of the world, she also brings to her own work exposure to a variety of world cultures, counter-culture artwork and ancient and contemporary techniques, while her subject matter has to do solely with human experience.
In this body of work, she exactly captures the feeling of being weightless and at ease in the water. Resting, twirling, somersaulting, pirouetting, these studies of others and self-portraits express the effortless quality of being in the water. Tapley is fascinated by the play of light, by the buoyancy of bodies and by the luminescence of color, all while being under water. These compelling images are, at once, vigorous and graceful studies – vigorous in being painted with broad strokes and daubs, and graceful in capturing the effortlessness of free floating.

 The Gallery at DesignWorks is located at 2119A Postoffice Street in historic downtown Galveston. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, closed or by appointment, (409) 766-7599.


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