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Monday, April 7th, 2008
Windberg/Polzin Reception a Historic Night

Opening week kicked off with a members’ preview of the Dalhart Windberg and Kyle Polzin exhibition. As excitement started to build around Kyle Polzin’s new works, the show opened on Wednesday April 2, and all but two of Kyle’s original paintings sold. The following Saturday, Art Center lifetime benefactors, board members and staff arrived for a casual brunch with the artists.

By Saturday afternoon, the chairs in the main gallery were full. Both Windberg and Polzin talked to an ample crowd of artists and art patrons, sharing stories about their work and experiences. Windberg reminisced on the time he spent with Simon Michael, one of the Rockport Art Colony's founding fathers. He also shared insights about his techniques and stories from his life-long career. Kyle Polzin, who will be featured in the May/June issue of Art of the West, spoke to his training under the Texas master and what is now setting him apart from Windberg. The audience laughed and responded with stories of their own, making the gallery talk a wonderful public interaction with both artists.

The night concluded with a reception—Windberg signed prints, and Polzin’s remaining works sold out. A truly historic weekend, Windberg’s connection to Simon Michael and inspiring life-long career paired with Polzin’s promising future made for an unforgettable event.

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Kyle Polzin, John Aasp and Dalhart Windberg during the Gallery Talk

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Dalhart Windberg signing a print for Janie Ellis

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Dalhart Windberg signs the RCA commemorative print "Three for Lunch"

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Kyle Polzin talks about one of his paintings with an intrigued crowd.

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Dalhart Windberg points out details for some interested patrons.

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(from left) Leigh and Kyle Polzin, John Aasp, Faye and Dalhart Windberg