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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Gillen

You're Invited!

It's almost summer, and my art is traveling to many new exhibitions! You are invited to come see it in galleries around Texas. I'm still keeping it regional and showing in galleries where the drive is not so bad. All of the galleries are open to visitors with receptions and awards presentations scheduled. For the late-spring season, I'll be showing paintings in 4 new exhibitions. Here are the details:


My painting, The Dread Persephone, seems to always catch the jurors' eyes. It was invited to the 24th Annual Rio Brazos Art Exhibition. I love the purpose of this art show. A portion of the proceeds from the exhibition go toward supporting the art department at Tarleton State University. Tarleton State University is a rural university here in north Texas. The idea of supporting arts programs in rural areas is very appealing to me. These art students definitely don't have the advantage of big city students who may study from multiple museum collections and have access to many artists and galleries. Well, not without our support anyway. The exhibition features art from regional and national artists. It will be shown at the

Langdon Center (308 East Pearl Street, Granbury, TX 76401). Granbury is an adorable lakeside community with a quaint downtown square. You can find out more about the exhibition here: https://glasstire.com/events/2022/04/11/24th-annual-rio-brazos-juried-art-exhibition/

My painting, Antonia, was invited to the Richardson Civic Art Society's 56th Annual Show. It's a regional exhibition of art at the beautiful Charles W. Eisemann Center, Green Mezzanine Gallery at 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, Texas 75082. If you're not familiar with Richardson, it's just north of Dallas on Interstate 75. Richardson is fun place to go for restaurants and shopping. A Gala Awards reception will be held at the gallery, Sunday, May 8, 2022 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. If you're near the DFW area this would be a really fun date-night. The exhibition closes on May 30th. You can find more information here: https://richardson-arts.org/exhibitions/56th-annual-regional-juried-art-exhibition/


A spring debut! My painting, Florentino's Little Birds, was accepted into the Society of Watercolor Artists - 2022 International Juried Exhibition. I'm super excited about this opportunity to show with so many accomplished watercolorists from around the world. It will be held at the Fort Worth Central Library - Atrium Gallery, which is located at 500 West 3rd Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102 The exhibition starts on April 19th and continues to May 22nd. If you're anywhere near Fort Worth during those dates, it's definitely going to be a beautiful exhibition to visit. The closing reception will be on May 22nd at the gallery from 2 - 4, but you can visit any time during library hours. You can find the online gallery here: https://www.swawatercolor.com/2022-international-gallery


How about a hill-country drive? The Countess Olenska, my painting of a giant yellow rose was invited to show at the Texas Watercolor Society's 73rd Annual Exhibition. This is another show filled with remarkable watercolor work by well-known artists. I'm very honored to have my art hang beside theirs. It will be held at The Hill Country Arts Foundation which is located at 120 Point Theater Road, Ingram, Texas. The opening reception and awards presentation will be held on May 14th from 4-6. The exhibit will be on display from May 2 - June 1, 2022. I have never traveled to Ingram, but it's just south of Fredericksburg and west of San Antonio. It would be a nice weekend trip. There are tons of cabins to rent that way and rivers, galleries and wineries to visit. For information about the Texas Watercolor Society and to see past exhibitions, visit: https://texaswatercolorsociety.org


If you have never attended a gallery exhibition, you should certainly give it a go! Opening and closing receptions are filled with an air of energy and enthusiasm. It's an opportunity to just relax and enjoy real-life art and artists. It can be a part of a fun family outing or a perfect solo treat for yourself. Don't worry about dressing up, unless you would like to, or about knowing a lot about the art. Most galleries are not expecting that. And also don't worry about having to buy anything. Juried exhibitions are a great place to become familiar with art, with an option to purchase only if you feel really inspired. Stay tuned for more opportunities to see art in person!

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