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Texas artist John Palmer calls his work "escapism," using emotional rather than technical terms to describe abstract paintings that are full of energy and movement and express a sense of freedom and fun. In keeping with the spirit of the season, McMurtrey Gallery presents a group holiday show entitled Revisiting Red, featuring artworks containing the color red.
HOUSTON.... The December show at Jack Meier Gallery features new work by four gallery regulars: landscape painter Nancy Bush, still-life artists David Harrison and Lindy Schillaci, and impressionistic painter Quang Ho. "The real essence of painting is the dialogue between shapes, tones, colors, textures, edges, and lines. Everything else follows," says Colorado artist Ho. "One day I may be interested in a color statement, the next may be a relationship of simple shapes, and the next an extremely complex arrangement of texture and edges. With every painting there is a singular visual thought to be completed." The show opens with a reception on Saturday, December 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Holiday Show, December 8-22, Jack Meier Gallery, 713.526.2983, www.jachneiergallery.com
Escape Into Art
DALLAS.... Texas artist John Palmer calls his work "escapism," using emotional rather than technical terms to describe abstract paintings that are full of energy and movement and express a sense of freedom and fun. Palmer works in a mix of oils, pastels, graphite, and oil sticks, as well as with traditional egg tempera techniques he learned while studying in Florence, Italy. Fairmount Gallery hangs a show of his paintings this month, with the artist attending the opening reception on Thursday, December 13, from 6 to 9 p.m.
John Palmer, December 13-January 5, Fairmount Gallery, 214.754.0055, www.fairmountgallery.com
A Touch of Red
HOUSTON.... In keeping with the spirit of the season, McMurtrey Gallery presents a group holiday show entitled Revisiting Red, featuring artworks containing the color red. Gallery artists-including Ellen Berman, Philip R. Jackson, Christopher St. Leger, Jean Wetta, Dornith Doherty, Lance Letscher, and Troy Woods-present new works in painting, photography, collage, and sculpture.
Revisiting Red, December 1-22, McMurtrey Gallery, 713.523.8238, www. mcmurtreygallery. com
Art & Ecology
HOUSTON.... From the prairies to the piney woods, the diverse ecosystems that surround metropolitan Houston are often overlooked among the highways, skyscrapers, and suburban sprawl. Houston Wilderness: A Collaboration is an exhibition of more than 50 photographs that document the natural beauty of the area. Featuring images by 42 Texas photographers, the exhibition was organized jointly by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the nonprofit group Houston Wilderness in hopes of raising awareness of these diverse environments.
Houston Wilderness: A Collaboration, through January 6, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 713.639.7300, www.mfah.org
Plenty of Plein Air
AMARILLO.... Santa Fe artist Anita Louise West travels the country painting landscapes of all kindscoastal scenes, mountain vistas, rural valleys, and the high deserts of the Southwest. Working in oils, West uses loose brush strokes and a rich, earth-toned palette to convey the joy she finds in the natural world. An exhibit of her work goes up at Sunset Art Gallery of Amarillo on December 1, with the artist attending a reception on Friday, December 7, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Anita Louise West, December 1-31, Sunset Art Gallery of Amarillo, 806.353.5700, www.sunsetartgallery ofamarillo.com
FREDERICKSBURG.... More than 85 artists exhibit their small works in Whistle Pik Galleries` annual Christmas Miniatures Show. Participating artists include G. Harvey, John Austin Hanna, Mark Haworth, Jeff Legg, Laura Robb, and James Kramer. The show hangs from mid-November to mid-December, with an artists` reception on Saturday, December 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Christmas Miniatures Show, through December 15, Whistle Pik Galleries, 830.990.8151, www.whistiepikCom
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