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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
August in the Galleries

Continuing a 33-yearTradition, six outstanding Rockport Center for the Arts members will display works in the Main Gallery. Five were chosen by juror Kitty Dudics, retired Professor of Art from Del Mar, Corpus Christi. Dudics's selections were made in December of last year during Currents, the annual All-Members exhibit. A People’s Choice, rounds-out the selected artists. The show opens with a Gallery Talk and reception August 5th from 4:30-7 pm.  

Admission is open to the public and free of charge.


About the Merit Artists 2017:


Sheila Gritte

(Corpus Christi) – Sheila received her Master of Arts from Texas A&M Corpus Christi in 2010 with a focus on printmaking.Her favorite printing method is the serigraph or silk screen print, and she focuses on imagery based on nature and botanical subjects. Sheila is a professional artist, exhibiting internationally, in addition to being a co-owner of Studio-C Gallery and member of the Art Center of Corpus Christi’s Board of Governors.


George Ann Johnson (Huntsville)– George Ann Johnson is a nationally acclaimed wildlife artist, whose work is held by numerous galleries throughout the country. She studied at the Danforth Museum of Fine Art in Boston,Massachusetts and is proficient in a variety of media. George Ann’s principal professional media are colored pencil and scratchboard. Her work can be viewed on-line at


Joan Laughlin (Houston) – Joan’s work is inspired by the wild nature that grows out of the crevices and cracks and in-between spaces of the concrete landscape of Houston, where she lives and has taught art classes at Houston Community College since 2003.


Joyce McAdams (Edgewater,FL) – Joyce has been a working and exhibiting artist for over 35 years. She was born in Massachusetts and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of New Hampshire. She has participated in over 60 solo and group exhibits across the country. “I want my work to be like a good poem. It should be something a visitor can return to repeatedly, finding fresh ideas & meanings each time. The way I work is by layering images over images until surprising new meanings begin to surface,” she states.


Elena Rodriguez (Corpus Christi) – Elena is a painter and cat-lover. Her work explores the relationship of place and emotion. Elena graduated with a BFA from Washington University in Saint Louis and a MFA from New York Academy of Art. 

She is Director of Membership and Events at the Art Center.  Elena's small oil paintings often hang in the Members Galleries.


Rick Workman (Rockport) - Rick Workman is a retiredgeophysicist, photographer and writer residing in Rockport, Texas. His interest in photography began in his early teens when he received a simple camera as a birthday present. In addition to exhibiting in the 2009 group exhibition, Shorelines, Rick has exhibited at The Women's Institute of Houston and at the Smink Gallery in Dallas.


Since 1994 Tim Olson, who calls San Antonio home, has had fifteen solo exhibitions at prestigious galleries and art spaces in Texas, Minnesota, Oregon, New York, and Colorado. He has had dozens more group shows across the entire country. 

His work has captivated tens of thousands of art collectors and he has garnered awards such as: The Rocket’s Science Award at The University Art Gallery at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth(2003); the Juror’s Choice at Core New Art Space in Denver (1997); The Dalzatto Award First Place at Talley Gallery at Bemidji State University (1993); and Honorable Mention at the Bemidji Arts Center – the last two in Bemidji, Minnesota his home state.  In 2014, his work was published in Poets and Artists Magazine in a story entitled “Power of Drawing.”


His story and trajectory as an artist is indeed an interesting one. Olson was raised on a series of farms on the outskirts of Zumbrota, Minnesota. 

The farms date back to the late 1800s and the buildings and landscapes were scattered with old tools and equipment, the remains from the previous owners.  Zumbrota is a small south easterntown along the Zumbro River.  “I was in a graduating class of 59 students” he says. In 1996, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts, Painting at Bemidji State University.  To earn extra money for school he worked in group homes with people with physical, mental and developmental disabilities.  Besides creating art, he works at a Junior High School in the Special Education department, helping 7th and 8th graders with mathematics and science.


For his exhibit at the Art Center, Olson says “My works consist of small scale drawings and paintings combined with collage and found object assemblage. 

I often include text in my work, both handwritten and printed words.  The text relates to what I feel is the connection that art plays in our development of language, both with individuals and the community at large.

It is somewhat inspired by my work with adults and students, throughout the years, with a variety of learning disabilities. 

My art tends to deal with smaller, familiar, and personal observations.” Olson is a visual artist with a keen eye as a story-teller who communicates through the art of drawing by engaging the viewer in new experiences.


“Every exquisite and intricate piece in Olson’s solo exhibit in the Garden Gallery, which he titled Opus Miniscule has been created specifically with Rockport and our diverse art collecting community in mind,” states Taylor Hendrix, Director of Visual Arts. 

 Opus Miniscule opens to the public Saturday, August 5, 2017 with a gallery talk with Tim Olson at 4:30 PM.  An artist reception held in conjunction with the Merit Artist Show Standing Out will follow from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  Both exhibits continue through Thursday, September 7, 2017.