Texas-themed art show pulls together three artists

08/06/2014 4:05 PM

08/06/2014 4:05 PM

Three artists are taking on the grand task of interpreting the Lone Star State in their own ways for the August public arts show at Keller Town Hall.

This month’s show, “Classic Interpretations: 3 Artists, 3 Visions,” pulls together three artists to showcase their visions of Texas through watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings from Aug. 4 through Aug. 28. The artists, Jeannette Cuevas, Pat Waymon and Arthur Guerra, live throughout the state.

Keller Public Arts Chairperson Brenda Wyatt said she decided to show the three artists together based on similar styles, the theme of their paintings and the number of pieces they will feature.

“We find artists by going around to their shows and seeing their work in person, since sometimes art doesn’t translate well online,” she said. “It’s the different techniques of these artists focusing on the same central subject that will make this another one of our great shows.”

Between cowboys, the desert, wildlife and native plants, gallery visitors can expect a colorful Western experience, Public Arts representative Libby Gergely said.

Waymon’s gallery has an impressive collection of landscape and Texas-focused pieces, Wyatt said. Waymon said she prefers to work in the open air and paint her landscape and vegetation pieces while witnessing it in person.

An art-lover since childhood, Waymon said she started following her passion in college when she moved to Texas from Oklahoma, and now lives in Fort Worth. She started painting with the help of her mother, a painter, and said she enjoys continuing to grow as an artist through different challenges and art shows.

“My paintings are more realistic,” she said. “If a waterfall flows a certain way, that’s the way it needs to be painted. I can take photographs and paint off of that but it’s not like seeing it in person. The lighting of the moment is important so you can get that same feeling looking at the painting as you can when you’re seeing it in person.”

Wyatt found Guerra’s work after visiting one of his shows in Grand Prairie. Guerra, a Texas native and Army veteran, contributed to a veterans show in Keller last year and focuses on watercolor, oil and some abstract painting.

Guerra teaches oil and watercolor painting at Northlake College in Irving and has some of his pieces featured in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., according to his artist biography. His gallery paintings all focus on different, singular subjects rather than a theme and feature landscapes, animals and historical figures like Pancho Villa.

Cuevas combines different mediums such as pastels and watercolors in her pieces and enjoys depicting sunlight, she said. She considers her style “loose realism,” a slightly impressionist take on real subjects.

She said she was inspired to start painting after watching her father paint growing up in San Antonio. She now has an art studio in Pleasanton, Texas and paints the people and places she encounters near her south Texas home, she said.

“I am fascinated by the beauty and simplicity of the everyday flow of living out here and I enjoy trying to capture the warmth and spirit of every aspect of it,” she said.

Guests can meet the artists at a reception on Aug. 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway.

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