Posts Tagged ‘Watercolors’

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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