Sunday, December 21, 2008
Ray-Mel Cornelius, “From Here to There” (Front & Middle Galleries)
“Duets” VAL member exhibition (Member’s Gallery)
"Transistions", VAL member exhibition (Member’s Gallery)
Opening Reception, Saturday, Jan 24, 7:00-9:00pm
"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
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
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
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
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
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)
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Bekah Jewel's art on display
Sunday, August 17, 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.
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.