Magazine article Southwest Art

The Texas Aesthetic IX

Magazine article Southwest Art

The Texas Aesthetic IX

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THIS MONTH, William Reaves Fine Art mounts its ninth annual Texas Aesthetic exhibition, celebrating the tradition of Texas art through a contemporary lens. The gallery, which has gained prominence specializing in Texas-based art of the late 19th and 20th centuries, brings time-honored, historic themes full circle as it showcases the broad scope of noteworthy art currently being produced across the state. "The Texas Aesthetic exhibition is a grand depiction of the modern-day Texas scene, and the works included are every bit as dramatic and engaging as the first wave of Lone Star regionalists of the 1930s," says gallery owner William Reaves.

Texas Aesthetic IX runs from May 8 to June 20 in the gallery's new Westheimer Road location. A reception for the artists takes place Saturday, May 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Several Meet the Artist events are also planned for Saturdays during the exhibition. The gallery writes, "It is a show that seeks to remind Texans of the inherent virtues of their own 'Texas' brand of art, and treats patrons to a fabulous display of the best works emanating from Lone Star easels today."

Texas Aesthetic IX features paintings by the 15 artists who compose the gallery's stable of Contemporary Texas Regionalists, including Randy Bacon, David Caton, Margie Crisp, Keith Davis, Billy Hassell, Noe Perez, Jeri Salter, and Debbie Stevens. The gallery has invited additional artists to participate in the show as well, and to date, that group consists of Houston painter Henri Gadbois, Fort Worth expressionist Jim Malone, and Houston watercolorists Erik Sprohge and Hunter George, who have exhibited in previous editions of the annual show. …

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