In conjunction with its ArtWalk event, the Galveston Arts Center will present three exhibitions from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at 2127 Strand St. in Galveston.
The new exhibits “Premium Quality,” “Impermanence,” and “0-Connected,” created by artists The Color Condition, Cary Reeder and Michael Golden, respectively, will remain on view through Feb. 25.
The Color Condition’s exhibition, “Premium Quality,” is coming to GAC on the heels of their ambitious installation at Discovery Green in Houston, said Reese Darby, marketing director at GAC.
“Using streamers fashioned from plastic tablecloths, these artists transform spaces to create playful environments for the public,” Darby said. “For Galveston, we are excited to have their installation take place during Mardi Gras events on the island. In addition to their installation in our main gallery, GAC’s second floor windows will explode with colorful streamers and highlight Mardi Gras festivities.”
The center focuses on presenting work by artists from Texas and the Gulf Coast region. Central to the selection of artists included in exhibitions is the timeliness of the work, Darby said.
“The process is multifaceted and includes considerations such as the timing of the show within the artist’s career, as well as the subject and media the artists are exploring,” said Darby.
Artists such as Reeder, who has been working on the nature-inspired “Impermanence” for two years, said the idea for the exhibition has been churning around her brain for a while. The exhibit will be on display in GAC’s second floor 1878 Gallery.
And although it has taken Reeder about four to six months to put the exhibit together, she reflected on some good advice she received from a sage artist who once told her, when asked, how long it took to make something: a lifetime.
“What she meant was that ‘making’ the artwork is just one aspect of creating,” Reeder said. “Artists spend oodles of time thinking about things to do, trying things out, scrapping things and trying new things out.”
Reeder, 53, has been an artist since childhood and comes from a family of artists including her mother, sister and niece.
Her works have also been featured in solo exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center and Optical Project, as well as O’Kane Gallery at the University of Houston-Downtown, Art League Houston, Avis Frank Gallery, and numerous group exhibitions throughout Texas and the United States.
“I became interested in painting trees when I started to imagine the crepe myrtles in front of my house resembling hands and fingers,” said Reeder. “With this exhibit, I’ve also brought back styles and techniques for the show that I haven’t used in 30-plus years, specifically with the cut paper and vinyl work.”
Also on display, in the Brown Foundation Gallery, will be Golden’s “0-Connected,” which features a series of collages made from images he has culled from the past 30 years of his studio practice.
Following his retirement as professor at Houston Community College, Golden mined his collections of paper and ephemera to create an overwhelming number of collages,” Darby said.
“These pieces represent a shift from his previous paintings while simultaneously documenting his 30-year history as an artist to revel reoccurring themes,” said Darby.
Admission to the event is free, and there will be a member’s preview from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the upstairs studio classroom, as well as an artist talk at 6:30 p.m.
For more information on the artists, exhibits and ArtWalk, visit www.galvestonartscenter.org or call 409-763-2403.
“The audience for our exhibitions is central to the selection of artists and exhibitions,” Darby said. “Ultimately, the hope is for our exhibitions to inspire, provoke and engage audiences in conversations around the people, ideas and topics relevant in our contemporary culture.”