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Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
August in the Galleries

STANDING OUT: The Merit Artists 2016 in the Main Gallery

Joe Peña, Assistant Professor of Painting at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi selected 5 artists for this year's group exhibit at the Rockport Center for the Arts. STANDING OUT opens to the public Saturday, August 6th at 5:00 pm in the Main Gallery.

History: The first Rockport Center for the Arts Merit Show occurred in July of 1985. The artists chosen were Evelyn Atkinson (Poster Artist 1998), Gertrude Bryant, Kathy Sayre, Cookie Tillman, and Fred Wright. At that time, all were chosen by popular vote. Now, a distinguished guest juror chooses five artists of merit, and the sixth by popular vote.

Continuing a 32-year Tradition: Six outstanding Rockport Center for the Arts members will display works in the Main Gallery. Five were chosen by juror Joe Peña, Assistant Professor of Painting at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. Peña's selections were made in December of last year during Currents, our annual all-members exhibit. A Peoples' Choice, rounds out the selected artists. The Art Center invites all to see this year's standout member artists. The show opens with a reception August 6th from 5-7 pm. Admission is free of charge.

About the Merit Artists 2016:

Robert Pate (Corpus Christi) – Robert, a Senior District Judge and lawyer, was born and raised in Corpus Christi and has been painting for 5 years. With his bayscapes, figurative work, and more modern oil pieces, he hopes to show that he isn't just a one trick pony.

Bob Rhodes (Rockport) – Bob is a regular in the Life Drawing sessions as well as a fellow plein aire painter. When he's not painting, Bob likes listening to and playing good guitar music.

Elena Rodriguez (Port Aransas) – Elena graduated with her MFA from Washington University in Saint Louis and has been working at the Art Center for over 3 years.Elena's small oil paintings are often hanging in our Members galleries.

Taylor Starkey (Victoria) – Taylor is a Family Practice doctor living in Victoria and has been turning wood objects since 1990. Many of his pieces are in private collections. He often uses Mesquite for his work.

Ken Reese (Rockport) - Ken retired from an engineering/manager career of 30+ years in 1992. He has been involved in art of one form or another for about 20 years.He regularly teaches series of classes at the Art Center and is currently re-establishing his studio in Rockport, Texas after the move from Ovilla, Texas.

Clementina Rivera* (Rockport) – Clementina started painting at age 10, when her mother gave her an oil painting set. She has been a Shrimporee Poster Artist as well as an Oyster Fest and Hummer/Bird Festival t-shirt artist.

*Peoples' Choice

Heaven: Jorge Alegría in the Garden Gallery

Jorge is busy at work on The War of the Angels, a series of drawings based on a personal fictional narrative by the same name, originating from the story of Noah and God spanning centuries into the future. “The spiritual themes of the Bible stories I grew up with are the inspiration and essence within my narrative,” says Alegría. His brand of story-telling is done through drawn representational images of environments, creatures, and civilizations found in the story’s narrative.

For his exhibit at the Art Center, Alegría says “My drawings revisit The War of the Angels and reveal new images from the chapters of HEAVEN. I approach drawings like concept images and storyboards but I take the image to a more finished state, like a still or key frame from a movie.” Alegría’s goal as a story-teller who communicates through the art of drawing is to engage the viewer and have them experience something inspirational and new.

His solo exhibition will feature over 20 new and original works. Heaven opens to the public Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM with an artist reception held in conjunction with Standing Out 2016-the Merit Artist show. The exhibit continues through Saturday,September 3, 2016.