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Monday, October 24th, 2005
Aransas Artists for Nature Inaugural Exhibition October 2005

For Immediate Release: 

October 24, 2005

Media Contact: 

Pam Fulcher, Art Director artdirector@sbcglobal.net; phone 361-729-5519

Aransas Artists for Nature

Inaugural Exhibition at the Rockport Center for the Arts,  

October 27 – December 4, 2005

Rockport – How do we ensure that there will be wild places that man can touch but not take over?

The inaugural fine art exhibition of Aransas Artists for Nature opens October 27 and continues through December 4, 2005 at Rockport Center for the Arts. 

In an overarching desire to speak to us, these thirty internationally and nationally renown artists celebrate the natural beauty of their homeland while pleading for the conservation of all which attracts artists, naturalists, sportsmen and tourists to this extraordinary place.  Like our Texas marshes and estuaries, this exhibition is saturated with life expressed through mediums of oil, watercolor, mixed media, acrylic, wood, glass, clay and black granite.

This is an exhilarating and personal exhibition born out of an artist retreat at Crane House on the Johnson Ranch in Aransas County. 

Al and Diane Johnson, in partnership with the Nature Conservancy, are actively preserving the unique natural habitat of whooping cranes and other abundant wildlife on the ranch.   The individual artistic works are informed by each artist’s commitment to conserving the Texas coast. 

Major works by Evelyn Atkinson, Lisa Baer, K. Barnebey, Al Barnes, Nanci Barnes, Herb Booth, Mimi Braniff, Jimmie Clifton, Charles “PoPo” Cosby, Anita Diebel, Thom Evans, Larry Felder, Mary Frasier, Lori Harrington, Lera Harris, Mary Hunter, Betty Irey, Teresa Justice, Carol D. Koutnik, Joan Sumners Lee, Lynn Lee, Jerry Lewis, Mary Lou Lewis, Hal McCaskill, Jesus Moroles, Fern Olson, Bonnie Prouty, Clementina Rivera, Betty Shamel, and Donna Sites provide the foundation for this exhibition.

We welcome the public to a reception for these Aransas artists on Saturday, October 29 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Rockport Center for the Arts. 

A stunning catalog of the works in the exhibit will be available for sale at Rockport Center for the Arts, as well as at The Gallery of Rockport and at Windway Gallery.

Rockport Center for the Arts is located at the center of the Rockport Museum District at 902 Navigation Circle. 

Admission is open to the public and is FREE. Hours are 10 am – 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 pm to 4 pm on Sunday.  The Gift Shop is also open during these hours.  For more information call 361-729-5519; email artdirector@sbcglobal.net.