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Monday, September 24th, 2007
Teresa Justice Named 2008 Rockport Art Festival Poster Artist

Watercolor artist Teresa Justice has been named the 2008 Poster Artist for the 39th Annual Rockport Art Festival

She was selected to promote next year’s festival by a special panel of judges, who reviewed the work of dozens of nominated artists.“Teresa has been an integral part of the Rockport art scene for 20 years,” noted John Aäsp, director of visual arts for the Rockport Center of the Arts.  “She started out as a talented individual who was sincerely interested in advancing her art abilities and blossomed into a much sought-after teacher and artist.” 

In addition to her work appearing on Festival posters and T-shirts, Justice will be honored with a solo exhibition and reception in July. 

Sponsored by the Rockport Center for the Arts, the annual Art Festival will take place July 5-6, 2007.  Held along the waterfront, the festival will feature the work of over 125 fine artists and master craftsmen, children’s art activities, entertainment and refreshments.  In conjunction with the festival, art galleries in Rockport’s Historic Downtown District will hold open houses.

More about Teresa Justice:

There are those who would argue that an aspiring artist must spend most of life perfecting techniques and producing thousands of works before being anointed as proficient in the chosen medium. For those who appreciate the watercolors of Rockport artist Teresa Justice, it can be said that sixteen years, many good instructors, divine inspiration and the diverse outdoors of the Coastal Bend put her in the class of those who have “it.”

What the public most often wants from Justice are shorebirds and redfish, trout and other creatures native to the
Texas coast.

“It’s the positions, angles and movement of the birds and other wildlife that attract me,” she says.

Justice’s work today hangs in the local gallery and in homes and businesses throughout the United States and Canada, and is even in China. She has taught Watercolor classes for four years at the Rockport Center for the Arts and sixteen years in the Gulf Coast Area.

Justice grew up in Flour Bluff, but art was not a priority in her life. While living in Portland several years later she picked up a paint brush. Up until the last year she had lived in Rockport for the past sixteen years. The brush has never left her hand. She took design and drawing at Del Mar College, took biological Illustration from Dinah Bowman at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and attended workshops with the likes of Steve Russell, Harold Phenix, Gale Webb, Pat Deadman, etc.

In the last 10 years she has expanded her art and has been designing and building stained glass windows along with a variety of other stained glass projects. In the last five years she has incorporated the art of hot glass, making some of the most beautiful beads.

In the last year she has been battling a very rare form of an autoimmune disease while living in Arizona under her daughters care. She has been blessed by having her condition begin to go into remission. She is beginning to enjoy the fact that she is able to have the brush and glass in her hands again, doing what she is so passionate about.