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photo by Pam Fulcher
Barb Robinson's press check at Gruenwald Printing in Corpus Christi TX
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
June in the Galleries



A Solo Exhibition by Barb Robinson – 2017 Rockport Art Festival Poster Artist

Saturday,June 17 – Saturday, July 29, 2017

Rockport Center for the Arts  Rockport, Texas

Free and open to the public (closed on Mondays)


Gallery Talk, Reception & Poster Signing sponsored by Gulf Pointe Plaza

Saturday, June 17, 2017 @ 4:30 p.m. start, reception with the artist continues until 7p.m.

Rockport Center for the Arts  Rockport, Texas

Free and open to the public


For information, call (361)729-5519 or visit


(ROCKPORT,TX)  Rockport artist, Barb Robinson has been selected as the 48th Annual Rockport Art Festival Poster Artist which will take place July 1 and 2, 2017. 

In conjunction with the extremely prestigious honor of creating the official image of the long-standing event, Robinson will have a solo exhibit at Rockport Center for the Arts featuring more almost 40 original, new works.  Free and open to the public, the exhibition will take place Saturday, June 17th and run through Saturday, July 29th. A reception with the artist will continue until 7 p.m.  The reception is sponsored by Gulf Pointe Plaza.


Robinson uses acrylic on panel to create animated, impressionistic images of exquisite Texas coastal landscapes. 

Her work is well known to art collectors in Rockport.  She is represented by Estelle Stair Gallery located in downtown Rockport on Austin Street.  Although born in Iowa, Robinson has spent most of her life in Texas.  One of her earliest recollections is playing with horned toads in Mesquite, Texas. At the age of 18, she married and moved to Houston. She returned to Iowa for a few years which gave her the opportunity to attend the University of Iowa where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with a specialization in art.  After graduation, her family moved back to Texas initially settling in Austin where she lived for 15 years. Throughout her life, Robinson drew and painted, improving her artistic skills through mentorships from artists like Ross Carnes, an Austin watercolorist. During her time in the State's capital, she appreciated the work of Michael Atkinson. After a stint in Cuero, she made the Coastal Bend her permanent home in 1999.


When asked about her work, Robinson stated: “I like representational work, sometimes on the edge of abstraction. Some people call it contemporary impressionism. My process is step-by-step work, work thatyou cannot rush, which describes a lot about life in general. I usually startwith reference photos I have taken of the area, people, birds, the ocean etc. Iuse a tinted birch panel as a surface, it works well with acrylic paint.  The tint rather sets the tone of the painting.Sometimes the tint is neutral and that makes colors pop, sometimes I reversethe layers. The approach is rather direct, extremely direct if I paint enplein air, starting with a rough composition.  Most artists sketch on paper, but this hasnever worked for me.  I adjust and make changes as I paint. Sometimes the painting begins to tell a story of its own, which I investigatefurther, of course.  I then break downthe composition into bits and pieces, but not so much as to become tedious,putting it back together with light and color in a harmonious fashion. Iusually use flat and bright brushes which give a bolder stroke with heavy bodyacrylics. Charles Movalli said, "It can’t look like you’ve worked hard andlong, even if you have. A painting should be done quickly, with both yourintellect and your nerves. When they give out, stop.””


The 48thAnnual Rockport Art Festival will take place on July 1st and 2nd,2017.  More than 120 juried artists from Texas and around the country will showcase their work including painting,ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, metal sculptures, furniture, and more. 

The official image of Robinson’s poster image will be remain a secret until the night of the exhibit opening, June 17.  It will be used as the official image for the48th Annual Rockport Art Festival and be available for sale throughout the event.  The original framed work of art will be auctioned live at the Art Auction Party, held just prior to the Art Festival, on June 30th.  Posters will be available for sale at the Festival Store and at the Art Center.