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Grapevine Art Dealers Association hosts spring gallery night May 3

Along with its wineries, festivals, entertainment venues and bustling historic district, the city is becoming known for its art.

With that in mind, the Grapevine Art Dealers Association (GADA) is hosting the 2nd Annual Spring Gallery Night from 5-10 p.m. May 3.

Gallery owners and artists will be on hand to answer questions. Grapevine resident Sonya Terpening will conduct a painting demonstration at the Great American West Gallery from 5-8 p.m.

Walk along historic Main Street and enjoy art and free food while visiting all six GADA galleries:

• The Tower Gallery, located at 636 South Main St. in the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau headquarters, is featuring from May 1 through May 9 the Congressional Art Competition Show. In the Grand Gallery, see artwork by high school students from across Texas at the show that is sponsored by members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

• Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery, 701 South Main St., also located at the train depot, is owned by master glass artist David Gappa who specializes in hand blown art glass ranging from contemporary lighting to large scale sculpture installations. The Vetro gallery houses fine glass artists’ works and glass jewelry.

• A Touch of Paris, 202 West Wall St., is owned by French artist/instructor Dominique Galleron. Original art on display includes Dominiques’s French-inspired oil paintings done in her palette knife style.

• Great American West Gallery, 332 South Main St., features western artists with paintings and bronzes. Subjects include Native Americans, frontiersmen, cavalry, pioneers, cowboys and ranchers, as well as horses, cattle and expansive landscapes.

• Giddens Fine Art Gallery, 624 South Main St., owned by Cherie and John Giddens, offers a paintings and sculpture from local artists including paintings by Cherie Giddens.

• Holder Dane Gallery and Art Studios, 701 South Main St., at the historic train depot area, features paintings, bronze, wood, and clay sculpture, jewelry and pottery.

Grapevine has been artist Terpening’s home for more than 20 years. She also lived many years in Oklahoma and believes that living in Oklahoma and Texas is living with the fable of the West.

Both states are so rich in history and legend that as an artist she cannot help but seek it out and try to share it with others, she says.

“When something moves me, be it a story or a scene, I want to express it in color and light so that the viewer can share the feeling,” Terpening said. “There is nothing more beautiful than this great land and the people living in it. I am drawn not only to the American West as it exists today but also to its history. There is something about the past that we all share that makes us better for remembering it. I think art touches the soul and teaches in ways words cannot.”