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Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
Anita Diebel: Wing Songs
September 2, 2015 John Speck (361)729-5519 or
Luis Purón (570) 702-4032

Wing Songs, Diebel’s new body of work, opens to the public with a gallery talk with the artist Saturday, September 12th at 4:30 PM in the Main Gallery.

ROCKPORT, TEXAS.  A native Texan, Anita called San Antonio home before moving to Rockport in 1998 to accept the position of Art Director for Rockport Center for the Arts.   The transition to life on the coast was easy as she had been a part of the Rockport art scene since the late nineteen seventies.  She returned to painting full-time in 2003 and that year she was selected as Poster Artist for the Rockport Art Festival.  The Art Festival is a prestigious 46 year tradition in Rockport.  Diebel is the original founder of Wind Way Gallery, located in downtown Rockport which has had a place in the local art scene for twenty years.

Growing up in a creative environment, Diebel's formal training began at age six.  Her father was an artist and her mother an accomplished craftswoman.  Together, they nurtured her expressive ability and inspired a sense of wonder and curiosity –“a love of life and all things living” remarks Diebel. “My art is a delightful journey of never ending exploration. I work spontaneously, reacting to the moment while relying on a rich tapestry of experience in life and art. I find joy in each endeavor and delight when the viewer finds something in my work that reaches out to them” she says when asked about her lifetime career as a working artist.

Anita spent her formative years studying at Warren Hunter School of Art, the Art Institute at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Southwest School of Art & Craft, Witte Museum, Trinity University, and San Antonio College. She has also participated in numerous workshops and private study with some of the top water-media artists in the United States. Diebel, herself, is now a highly sought after instructor. She shares her love of painting in classes and workshops that encourage students "to explore, to expand, and to enjoy." Diebel's knowledge of art is so broad that she is often asked to jury local, regional, and international exhibitions. For a time she also worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in the corporate sector.  

Her work is part of private and corporate collections all over the world; most notably Texas A&M in Corpus Christi, the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center in Austin, Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, and John Hopkins University in Baltimore.  Moreover she has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in reputable galleries across the State and her work has been recognized with awards and distinctions of national significance.

Wing Songs, Diebel remarked “is a celebration of the avian wonders that abound in my world. As a painter I explore the versatility of aqua-media in traditional and contemporary genres, adding some collage and mixed media.  I am a naturalist at heart and it was exciting to do a ‘theme show’ while at the same time a challenge to keep it interesting and innovative.”

Rockport Center for the Arts is pleased to present “Wing Songs" in the Main Gallery, September 10 - October 10, 2015. The exhibition will officially open with a gallery talk with Diebel September 12th, at 4:30 PM.  A reception will directly follow from 5 to 7 PM. Catering for the reception is generously provided by the Wind Way Gallery.  Admission to the Art Center is always free and open to the public.

In the Garden Gallery: Tribute to Herb Booth
Family, friends, and collectors of the late Herb Booth will honor his extraordinary talent with a display of masterworks in the Rockport Center for the Arts' Garden Gallery.  Highlighting the exhibit, which runs concurrently with Wing Songs, is a piece started by Mr. Booth and completed by his granddaughter Katherine Booth.

About Rockport Center for the Arts
A non-profit organization, Rockport Center for the Arts is dedicated to providing an environment that nurtures the expressing and appreciation of art for residents and tourists alike.  For more information call (361) 729-5519 or visit  The city of Rockport, famous for its vast colony of more than 800 artists has been identified as one of “The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America” by John Villani and listed as one of the “Top 10 Artist Colonies” by Allen Bunting in Coastal Living.