Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Harvest Moon Festival Volunteers Needed

Calling all LGAA members. Volunteers needed for Harvest Moon Festival. Promote the local arts and your art association.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Diana Davis Baker at the Granbury Visitor's Bureau in August

Selected works by Diana Davis Baker will be exhibited at the Granbury Visitor's Bureau for the month of August.

A native Granburian and Tarleton graduate, Diana’s work often celebrates the past; capturing scenes that have been lost to time and bring back comforting, nostalgic memories centering on love or brotherhood. Many of these scenes are from Granbury’s past.

Diana recognizes that her own personal history has had a huge impact on shaping her art.

“A friend comforted me by saying “Diana, you’re creative because of all the losses you endured early in life.” This statement was a consolation that there was a reason for numerous deaths of loved ones and close friends, Mom’s fight with cancer, poor health hindering me from playing the game I loved-basketball: and being fearful of loving anyone or anything. These paintings project the love I was unable to express for a long time.”

Though not able to play basketball, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in All-level Health and Physical Education from Tarleton State College and a Master of Science in Health and Physical Education from Texas A & M University. She was able to pursue her passion for sports through coaching. This love, plus the kinship that goes along with team sports are frequent themes in her work.

“Being a former coach, I still possess a great love for sports and the comradery, which is why these brotherly ties touched my heart so deeply.”

Though Diana’s painting look to the past, she herself chooses to live in the moment and shares this bit of wisdom.

“Live in the moment, love those you care about, tell them how you feel and hug them as often as possible. Each time may be the last.”

The Visitor's Bureau is located at the East end of City Hall.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

LGAA Member Info - The Red Show


Drop off your work at the Shanley on
Sunday, July 31, 1-4pm or Monday, August 1, 9:30-11:30.

The exhibit will run from August 5 - October 10.

This is not a juried show.  All members and our artist friends from Pecan Plantation Art Guild are invited to display 1 or 2 pieces, no larger than 42" on each side,
which contain the COLOR RED in any amount.


LGAA Open Juried Fall Festival of Art Prospectus Available

Prospectus can be downloaded here
Open to anyone 18 or over.
Membership in the LGAA is not required to enter.

    Monday, September 19th

    Submissions due • No late entries • See “How to Enter” section
    Wednesday, September 28th
    Acceptance noti cation begins. This will be done by e-mail.
    Saturday, October 8th
    Hand delivered pieces due at Shanley House between 9am-12pm. No late pieces will be accepted. MUST contact show chair if you need to deliver early.
    Friday, October 14th Official Opening
    Saturday, October 15th
    Reception & Awards
    Awards reception begins at 6:30pm • Awards presentation at 7:15pm
    Saturday, November 12th
    Show Ends. Pick up work from 12-3pm.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Jeanette Alexander Solo Show runs through July

Shanley House Gallery is proud to offer a special solo show of work by artist Jeanette Alexander. An accomplished local artist with many awards and solo shows to her name, Jeanette is proficient in multiple media and known for her acrylic paintings and collages. She is never at a loss for what to depict in her work and instead is overwhelmed with choices from all aspects of her life. Join us in celebrating her “inspiration overload” and thanking her for all her work in promoting the arts in Granbury. Jeanette is the Lake Granbury Art Association Volunteer of the Year for 2015. Join her for a special reception Saturday, July 9th from 6:30-8:30pm.

“Art is my soul food. Art got me through T.C.U. (BFA, painting) after a painful divorce. Art tugged at my soul during the years I fed my family as a stock broker and C.F.P. Art helped me heal from a near death illness fourteen years ago. Today, art continues to feed my soul and I am blessed to spend most of my days imagining, planning, admiring and making art.”

Even as a young girl, drawing came easy and art was a constant companion. She drew mostly people, but also sketched trees, buildings and more. Her mother enrolled her in a painting class at the then new Art Museum of Fort Worth (currently the Modern Art Museum) when she was a teenager. Bror Utter, one of the Fort Worth Circle, a widely known group of artists, prominent from 1945 through 1955, was the instructor. Jeanette continued to claim time here and there for her art through marriage and motherhood. Jeanette credits Fort Worth pastel artist, Jill Bush, for encouraging her to continue with her art. Her initial pastel painting of her first born, Michael, is featured in the show.

The yearning for more instruction led her to enroll at T.C.U. to seriously pursue an art career path, but now a single mother her path took a temporary detour. “Upon graduation, I continued as a private art teacher and independent illustrator, updating testing materials for public schools. However, my family required a more steady income. Thus, I entered the sales force selling dictation equipment, then became a stock broker and CFP and finally began my own small financial planning company.”
In 2000, remarried and with all her children educated and grown, she moved to Granbury where she commuted or telecommuted to continue her financial planning business. After a year, a bout with bad health ended her financial career, but her lifelong passion for art was what helped her recover and she has continued to produce beautiful, award-winning work ever since.

“Everyone and everything begged me to capture their likeness or spirit or design or color. It still does. Not all my creations were or are artistically worthy of displaying, but the inspiration to make more art was and continues to be endless. My solo exhibition at the Shanley House Gallery reflects my inspiration overload.”

Shanley House Gallery - 224 North Travis - Granbury, TX 76048

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Ken Kunzman Featured Artist at Granbury Visitor's Bureau

Ken Kunzman
Granbury Visitor’s Bureau Featured Artist for July

Self-taught digital artist and photographer, Ken Kunzman uses digital photography to capture his subject but takes the photograph a step further by using the computer to “paint”; adding drama or special effects to the original image creating something new and unique. This process of taking meaningful photographs and developing them into dramatic pieces to be appreciated for their beauty, emotional power and inspiration is Ken’s passion. He gravitates to city landscapes, flowers, large detail panoramas and classic cars for his artistic photographic work. Ken is also a videographer; producing virtual tours and using drones for both his video and photography. Stop in and take a look at his work in the Granbury Visitor’s Center in July. The Visitor's Bureau is located at the East end of City Hall.