Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ken Caperton at the Lewisville Main Library

Ken's work will be on view at the Lewisville Main Library on Main Street through December 31st.

2009 VAL Exhibition Schedule

Through January 18
Ray-Mel Cornelius, “From Here to There” (Front & Middle Galleries)
“Duets” VAL member exhibition (Member’s Gallery)

January 24 – February 28
"Natural Tendencies", Rick Maxwell & Lisa Ehrich (Front & Middle Galleries)
"Transistions", VAL member exhibition (Member’s Gallery)
Opening Reception, Saturday, Jan 24, 7:00-9:00pm

March 7 - May 9
Lewisville Independent School District - Art Student Exhibitions (All Galleries)

May 16 - June 27
Michael Bales, 2008 VAL Fresh Ideas Winner (Front & Middle Galleries)
"Anything Goes", VAL Member exhibition (Member's Gallery)
Opening Reception, Saturday, May 16, 7:00-9:00pm
July 11 - August 15
"Fresh Ideas", Juried Member exhibition (All Galleries)
Juror: Martha Falsetta

August 22 - September 26
Bryce Lafferty, (Front & Middle Galleries)
"Made in Texas", VAL Member exhibition (Member's Gallery)
Opening Reception, Saturday, August 22, 7:00-9:00pm

October 2 - October 4
VAL Fundraiser Event & Exhibition

October 10 - November 14
LISD Faculty Exhibition, (Front & Middle Galleries)
"I Will Always Remember", VAL Member exhibition (Member's Gallery)
Opening Reception, Saturday, October 10, 7:00-9:00pm

December 5 - January 16, 2010
Larry Enge, (Front Gallery)
ATC: curated by David Mask, (Middle Gallery)
"Dirty Works", VAL Member exhibition (Member's Gallery)
Opening Reception, Saturday, December 5, 7:00-9:00pm

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Ray-Mel Cornelius "From Here to There" and VAL members "Duets" opening

David Mask, Bruce Schiefelbein, and Chuck Hendrickson

Libby and Chris Marrs' work in the VAL "Duets" exhibition.

Ray-Mel Cornelius' paintings in the Middle Gallery.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ray-Mel Cornelius "From Here to There" opens Saturday, December 6th

Eldorado Hill,
acrylic on canvas 36 x48 inches
Norwood Flynn Gallery
Please join the Visual Art League as we welcome Dallas artist and illustrator Ray-Mel Cornelius. Cornelius will be showing new work as well as older pieces that have lead up to his most recent work. His exhibition opens Saturday, December 6th with a reception at 7pm. Cornelius will give a slide presentation of his work on Tuesday, January 6th at 7pm. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.
A professional artist since 1977, Ray-Mel Cornelius has received commissions from clients as diverse as Boy Scouts of America, the Dallas Opera, Electra Records, Frito Lay, GTE, Minute Maid, New York Times, Ocean Spray, Samsung, Time Inc., and many others. Cornelius’ work has received recognition from the New York Society of Illustrators, Graphics, Communication Arts and Print Magazines.
Cornelius grew up in the North Texas area, and received his art degree from East Texas State University (now part of the Texas A&M system). After living and working in Los Angeles and Houston, Cornelius settled back in Dallas, where he lives with his wife, Becky, and the ebb and flow of their collection of Feline-American adopted children.
Inspired by a trip to Northern New Mexico in 1996, Cornelius started to pursue his interest in landscape painting and has been on a dual illustration/painting track since then. He sees illustration and fine art as two sometimes quarrelsome siblings of the same family, and so far has been able to keep them in the same studio without too much chaos. For Cornelius, illustration serves to visually enhance and illuminate other forms of communication, such as literature, music, news and everything else.
Cornelius paints by layering colors, one over another, to achieve a representation of light defining form. Since he sees light as an additive element, i.e. a form is totally in shadow and basically formless until light delineates its form, Cornelius begins with a dark under painting and defines the form by applying layers using lighter tonal values until the desired chiaroscuro effect is reached. The fast drying qualities of the acrylic medium best facilitates this color blending technique.
Cornelius’ paintings reflect an interest in the landscape and the mythologies that accompany it. They give him the opportunity to explore representational and abstract subjects, with occasional forays into figurative interpretations of his version of Americana and folklore.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Masquerade, 1st place award winner Meg Smith

Debra Sidberry of Chase Bank judged this exhibition with Meg Smith.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Jessica McCambly at VAL 10/11/2008

Jessica McCambly talk prior to her opening reception for "The Moment After a Wave Crashes".

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Jessica McCambly "The Moment After a Wave Crashes" opens Saturday, October 11th

As a continuation of her investigations and documentations of place and sentimentality via an abstracted and minimal vocabulary, the Visual Art League of Lewisville presents Jessica McCambly’s latest installation: The Moment After a Wave Crashes. The exhibition opens with a gallery talk by McCambly on Saturday, October 11th at 6pm followed by the opening reception at 7pm. The talk and reception are free and open to the public. The exhibition end on Saturday, November 15th. This exhibition is based on observations of the ephemeral, rhythmic instances of waves crashing on the beach. McCambly began documenting these moments in 2006 on the beaches of Puerto Rico and its outer islands and has recently continued this research on the beaches of Southern California. The undulating shapes of hand-cut paper combine with cast shadows to suggest, on an exaggerated scale, the frothy sensuality of the moment.
Originally from the North Shore of Boston, MA, Jessica McCambly lives and works in San Diego, CA. She earned a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas, College of Visual Arts and Design. During her time in Dallas, she also served as a member and officer at 500X Gallery, Texas’ oldest, artist-run gallery. Currently, McCambly is an Assistant Professor of Art at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, CA.
Her large-scale works on paper and sculptures have been featured in exhibitions at local galleries such as Dunn and Brown Contemporary, And/ Or Gallery, 500X and Holly Johnson Gallery. McCambly’s work has also been shown at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Dallas Contemporary, The Garage Gallery in San Diego, CA and in the London Biennale.
McCambly is a current member of the national artists collective Gimme Baby Robots and will be showing a series of sculptures and drawings based on the natural phenomenon of minus tides in an upcoming solo exhibition at IGLOO in Portland, OR.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

VAL Annual Fundraiser: October 3rd & 4th

Pinky Diablo, detail of "Lonely Continent", 2008, watercolor

On October 3rd, between 6:00 and 9:00 pm, the Visual Art League of Lewisville will be commencing its fourth annual fundraiser. As in previous years, VAL will be offering donated, original artworks for sale, all for under $50.00. Most of these works will be the products of VAL members generously given to help support and maintain our gallery. We have been proud that we have one of the finest, non-profit gallery spaces in North Texas. The cost of rental and utilities for this space has been underwritten by city grant but, like most arts organizations today, we are being asked to carry a larger share of our expenses. Our annual fundraiser is our primary effort at raising these funds.
To begin this year’s fundraiser we will be shaking things up by raffling works created specifically for VAL and largely on site by regionally known artist and eminent zoologist Pinky Diablo (AKA: Tom Sale). Pinky will be producing art during the event and is open to suggestions (within reason and propriety) offered by those in attendance. A required entry fee of $5.00 will give each attendee the opportunity to win a framed “Pinky” of their choice. Drawings will be held 5 times during the evening, starting at 6:30pm and repeated every 30 minutes through 8:30pm. All of Pinky’s pieces remaining after 8:30 will be available for purchase (unframed) between $35.00 and $50.00 each. The fundraiser will recommence on Saturday, the 4th (without Pinky), and run from 11:00 to 6:00pm. All proceeds will go to supporting the Visual Art League of Lewisville. All art lovers are invited. (Contributed by Bruce Schiefelbein)

Pinky Diablo (A.K.A. Tom Sale)

Tom Sale has been a part of the Dallas area art scene for over 20 years. After graduating with a Masters in Painting and Drawing from UNT in 1990, Sale and his artist wife Dottie Love have taught, produced and exhibited art all over Texas. They currently live near Ennis on a 25 acre ranch and raise miniature zebu cattle. Both artists teach for Hill College. About eight years ago Sale created a fictional persona named Pinky Diablo who has become a well-recognized artist in his own right. Sale has shown his art and given a workshop at the Visual Arts League in Lewisville, and now Pinky Diablo will have his turn to shine there. On Friday Oct. 3, Pinky will make a personal appearance from 6-9PM. Originally, Pinky was billed as traveling huckster with a pink trailer of oddities and art who visited art museums and galleries around the state. Often Pinky Diablo’s trailer would show up at the gallery opening of Sale’s work. Sale jokes, “It was performance art. Pinky Diablo is a lot more famous than I am. People had heard about Pinky Diablo, but didn’t realize until they saw him that it was really me!” Sale recently worked for a year as a zoo keeper at the Dallas Zoo, and put on an exhibit of animal themed watercolors to raise money for the zoo keeper’s pet project—rhino conservation. Avid gallery goers in Dallas know that Sale is interested in using animals as subject matter in his small sculptures, and so is his alter-ego, Pinky. “But when Pinky paints,” Sale explains, “he can get a lot wilder. He paints chickens, giraffes, elephants, and even skeletons in a quick, slapdash fashion that is both humorous and quirky. Pinky paints on the insides of discarded book covers because he can’t afford canvas!” Pinky’s trailer has been exhibited at galleries in Galveston, Houston, San Antonio, and to the Dallas Contemporary Museum. Recently Sale (in his Pinky guise) has been offering his services by the day to his collectors. He packs up his studio in a suitcase and arrives at the collector’s doorstep in the morning and paints on book covers all day. Sale also sells Pinky's art at Dallas' well-known fashion boutique, Dolly Python on Haskell Avenue. Sale adds, “Pinky can't paint fast enough to keep them stocked! These days Pinky and I are becoming more and more alike. It’s a good thing that I’m still glad I created him.” (Contributed by Tom Sale) Pinky Diablo, detail of "Chicken in the Wilderness" 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008

VAL Art in Lewisville Theater Display

Bekah Jewel's art on display

Till September 7, 2008, the Greater Lewisville Community Theater (GLCT) will present the play I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE in Old Town Lewisville, TX. In cooperation with GLCT, different VAL artists paint scenes depicting the show that's currently running. The paintings are in a display window in front of the theater. Bekah Jewel, a local artist and VAL's representative with GLAC, has painted the three 36" x 48" acrylic panels showing the two acts of the play.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

VAL's Address

Visual Art League
Lewisville West Shopping Center
701 S. Stemmons Fwy
Suite # 115
Lewisville, Texas 75067

Weller and Washmon Art Show Invitation

Laurie Weller

Gary Washmon

at Visual Art League of Lewisville
August 23 to September 27, 2008

Opening Reception
August 23, 2008
7 pm to 9 pm

Gary Washmon Art Show, Vestiges, at VAL

From Vestiges By Gary Washmon 2008

Husband and wife artists Gary Washmon and Laurie Weller will exhibit their art at the Visual Art League of Lewisville (VAL) from Aug. 23 to Sept. 27, 2008. Laurie Weller's, Overlay and Gary Washmon's, Vestiges, will share the front and middle galleries of VAL.

"Overlay " by Laurie Weller at VAL Galleries

Red Spiral By Laurie Weller 2008

Laurie Weller's new works, Overlay, showing at the VAL galleries from 8/23 to 9/27, has its roots dating back many years. Overlay's most recent influence was Ms. Weller's residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2001. While prior paintings were vaquely influenced by music and dance, this new work was inspired both literally and figuratively by the dancers and musicians at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Laurie thinks of the relationships between the paintings as similar to that of an ensemble in music, each painting makes a statement.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Laurie Weller talk

Laurie Weller provided a slide presentation on the history of her work. Laurie also provided a sneak preview of her upcoming exhibition at VAL which opens on Saturday, August 23rd. Laurie and her husband, Gary Washmon, will be showing their work together.