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Wednesday, December 13th, 2006
2006 Currents Exhibition Winning Artists
  December 13, 2006




OF “Currents” Exhibition

Rockport, TX -- The five winning Merit Artists in the 2006 “Currents” Exhibition, featuring the work of members of the Rockport Center for the Arts, were announced at the opening reception on Saturday, December 9th.  They are:

Shirley Blackman – mixed-water media

Sharon Forsythe – acrylic/graphite

Bonnie Prouty – acrylic-layered collage

Anne Molkentin – acrylic

Barry Brown – clay

Ana Montoya, owner of AnArte Gallery in San Antonio, served as the judge for this year’s exhibition. 

In this capacity, she reviewed an array of media including sculptures, watercolors, oils and photography submitted by 144 member artists.  The exhibition runs through December 28, 2006.

For as long as she can remember, drawing has been a major passion for artist Shirley Blackman, co-owner of Austin Street Gallery. 

Her earliest memories always encompass either a pencil or crayon in hand.  And, her entire life has been dedicated to the spirit of creating art – be it watercolor, drawing, painting in oil and acrylics, or sculpture. Her work has been featured in galleries in Dallas, East Texas and Shreveport and many award winning, national competitions.

Sharon Forsythe received a Ford Foundation Grant for Serigraphy and her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Texas.  

She has taught Drawing at Austin Community College, Del Mar College and Corpus Christi Art Center.


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Her mixed media digital monotypes have been accepted into juried national shows and sold to collectors. Forsythe won “Best of Show” and “Honorable Mention” awards for drawings at the Corpus Christi Art Center’s 2006 All Membership Show.

  Anne Molkentin has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember. Her formal art training began at 16 when she was enrolled in classes at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City. She later majored in Art at Barry University in Miami, FL.

Molkentin has participated in a variety of classes and workshops in New York, Chicago, North Carolina and Texas. Her paintings and portraits hang in many private collections across the United States and in London.

A resident of Rockport, Bonnie Prouty has lived in Texas since 1976. She made a career in Art, working as a teacher in the public schools, teaching adult classes, working as a graphic designer, owning a greeting card company, as art director for the Rockport Center for the Arts and currently painting and showing work in galleries. Prouty earned an MA degree from Eastern Michigan University and has won numerous awards for her work. 

Barry Brown

took his first ever art course in 1992 at age 51. He earned a BFA in Studio Art in 1996 at Texas A&M-CC. Since that time he has exhibited ceramic sculptures and paintings in South Texas and has hosted several one artist exhibits in other Texas cities. As one of the organizers of the Clay Studio at the Art Center of Corpus Christi, Barry currently serves as president of that group and teaches clay classes weekly.

A non-profit organization, the Rockport Center for the Arts is dedicated to providing an environment that nurtures the expression and appreciation of art for residents and visitors alike. 

For more information on the exhibit and other RCA programs, please call 361-729-5519 or visit