Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ft. Worth Artist Kim Collins demonstrating Monday Night

LGAA Meeting Monday, August 14th | 7pm
Shanley House Gallery | 224 North Travis | Granbury, TX 76048
Across from the Hood County Library

Kim Collins demonstrating abstract underpainting and finding the design with negative shape.

Collins work is heavily influenced by the tangled forms, interwoven patterns and layers of shapes found in nature. Her work has evolved over the years from realistic watercolors to abstract designs in acrylic and mixed media. The likely catalyst for this change was a bout with cancer which brought about many “rethinking what’s important” moments. Collins work had been with processes which were rigid, traditional and tedious for her but she was afraid to break out of her box. After the cancer scare, Collins allowed herself the freedom to have fun, experiment and get out of her comfort zone. She began playing with different materials, color and design, and just never looked back. Collins starts a piece with no preconceived idea of what it will ultimately become, but a sort of "relational connection" develops as the work progresses. Sometimes the relationship is easy and harmonious; sometimes it is full of conflict which must be resolved...just like life. Rather than depict a literal image, Collins strives to convey the feeling, energy and essence of the organic forms which inspire her.

Collins has exhibited in numerous galleries in the North Texas area and has won several awards. Her work is in collections across the US and Europe.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pam Tullos: LGAA "Artist of the Month"

Let's congratulate the most recent LGAA "Artist of the Month", Pam Tullos!
Second Place - Shari Edwards
Third Place - Barry Selman
Fourth Place - Marty Rains
Fifth Place - Marilyn Haskins
Sixth Place - E. Sutton

Monday, July 10, 2017

July LGAA Meeting features Carley Allen-Martin

LGAA Meeting Demo Artist
Carley Allen-Martin

7pm at Shanley House Gallery
224 North Travis | Granbury, TX | 76048

Well-known Dallas contemporary abstract artist Carley Allen-Martin will demonstrate color and design at our meeting. This is a free event and is open to the public.

The message of Allen-Martin’s work is one of resiliency, optimism, authenticity, depth, and fearlessness. It is about overcoming the obstacles we all face as human beings.
Color is the most important tool she uses to convey that message. You won’t find a heavy weight or overpowering darkness in her work.

Allen-Martin uses bits and pieces of a darker palette because just like in life, on a surface, elements of darkness make the brights shine brighter and the colors read more true. She will demonstrate the power of color, layers and attention to detail.

For Allen-Martin, drawing is a critical element of her expression. She has been drawing since she was able to hold a pencil.

She loves charcoal, because it is unapologetic. It doesn’t fit into a neat, tidy box. It is messy and bold, and brings an element of grit to the surface of the piece.

The soft pastels have the same effect, but with a more graceful, gentle approach.

Allen-Martin said, “I love working with pastels, because there is a purity to their color and richness that can’t be found in any other material.”

Oils are the most dominant material she uses to deliver the message or narrative to the surface of her work.

Overall, what she is interested in is creating honest, authentic, uplifting art that can thrive in interior spaces, and enrich the lives of both the artist and the viewer.

Allen-Martin states, “I believe the world needs optimistic work, with which we interact with on a daily basis, that gently nudges us to live more boldly, more considerately, and more authentically as the individuals we were created to be.”

Each of her paintings bares an extraordinary depth, a trail of layers that reveals how each original work came to be. Although oil is Allen-Martin’s primary medium, drawing remains critical to her practice.

The unapologetic grit of pressed charcoal and the graceful mark of soft pastels combine to create rich surfaces and remarkably vibrant chromatic experience for the viewer.
Carly Allen-Martin has studied at Santa Reperata International School of Art in Florence, Italy, The European Academy of Fine Art in Trier, Germany, and Aoyama Gakiun University in Tokyo, Japan.
She holds a BFA in painting from Texas Christian University, and has completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Lake Granbury Art Association Open Fall Festival of Art Juried Show

Call for Entries
DEADLINE: Monday, September 18th

The link will take you to You DO NOT have to sign up for an account. Click No Thanks if prompted. A download button will appear in the upper right hand corner.

Images below provided for easy viewing.
Click on images to enlarge or copy to your computer. Please click the link to access a downloadable PDF of entry form and rules.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Granbury Camera Club Summer Challenge!

Here we are in summer 2017 and it is time for you to tackle a Granbury Camera Club Summer Challenge! This year, your challenge is to take photos in June, July and August to depict the following subjects:
Splish Splash
On the Road
Ready, Set, Action-filled!
Chillin’ Summer Days
Red Hot

How you interpret the subject is up to you. Be creative! You will submit your favorite photo in 5 of the 6 possible categories. We will offer a prize to a winner in each category. Winners will be based on creativity, appropriateness to the subject matter, composition and technical merit. I will get back to you on submission details.

Have fun this summer! Remember, we do not meet at as a group during June, July or August. Our next meeting will be the third Tuesday in September at The Shanley House unless otherwise announced.

I would love to have some of you take over responsibility for our annual photography show and/or monthly meetings. Don’t be shy, volunteer! Just email me with your interest.

Thank you for everything. I look forward to seeing your images. Getting to know you better as we explore photography is a blast!

Phyllis Webster