Rita Barnard Rita Barnard is a conceptual artist. Barnard’s primary discipline is assemblage. Working with her hands to build, paint, and join objects together to tell a cohesive story is her greatest pleasure. She was educated in Fine Art at Texas Woman’s University. Barnard studied Art History, Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design in the Master’s program. After graduation she worked as a freelance designer and art director for clients such as CompUSA, Italia Advertising Company, JCPenney, the Container Store and many others. Barnard then took on a project that had always been her dream. She opened the Small Gallery. She curated exhibitions that were a showcase for established as well as emerging artists. Her main purpose for the gallery was to find and support artist that had remarkable talent but had never shown in a gallery. This gave the emerging artists experience in preparing art for exhibit-it, how to write an artist statement, attending openings and getting to know other artists and buyers. She called it her “Easter egg hunt.” Rita has been actively involved in the Dallas art community since the year 2000. Becoming involved with the Bath House Cultural Center and creating “The Friends of the Bath House” was the beginning in the art community. The “Friends” was created to support the Bath House by raising funds to purchase and supply the Bath House staff with needed items for the theater and gallery that the city could not fund. The Friends became a 501c3 organization and Barnard sat on the board of directors for five years. Barnard has curated several exhibitions for different art venues. She installed “Tribute for the Fallen” at the Bath House Cultural Center, Mountain View College and the University of Texas at Arlington. Barnard installed “The Wisdom of Women” at the Art-a-Whirl in Minneapolis, MN. She was chosen twice to show in “The New Texas Talent” show at Craighead Green Gallery. She has exhibited in the “Hecho en Dallas” exhibit.
Caroline Camden Lewis Artist Statement and Process My art is a blend of abstract expressionism and nature-oriented impressionism. It is influenced by detailed impressionist techniques such as pointillism as well as spontaneous expressionist techniques such as paint dripping and bold texture patterns. My art also fuses the concepts of pattern and contrast. It utilizes patterns (a repeated line, curve or color) as well as contrasts (heavy texture and fine brushwork, intense and pastel colors, thick and thin brushwork). Nature serves as my inspiration for patterns, color, lighting, texture and palette. For in nature, all the secrets to artistic balance, textural harmony, pattern and variety are found.
As I return to the rhythms of nature through observation and artistic expression, I find steadiness and comfort. As I watch seasons change, I know that spring always awaits. In this truth, I find new reasons to hope and to have faith in the One who plans the migrations of butterflies and turns the seas. For He who wraps Himself in light as if it were a garment is the One who is holding me and I find, at last: Peace.
Impressions of Wonder, Expressions of Beauty: Yellowstone and Grand Teton This series focuses on two national parks, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.
Yellowstone borders Montana, Wyoming and Idaho while Grand Teton borders Wyoming. These two parks located next to each other, boast very different wildlife, geographic features and plant life.
The Grand Teton Park consists of ecosystems such as alpine, forest, sagebrush flats, wet meadows, lakes and ponds. Wildlife includes elk, beaver, cutthroat trout, eagles, hawks and bears.
Yellowstone, on the other hand, is home to a super volcano which produces the world’s largest group of hydrothermal features such as geysers, fumaroles (steam vents) and acidic hot springs called mud pots. Additionally, Yellowstone hosts wolves, bison, trout in its lush landscape.
In this series, the Grand Teton color scheme remained the same in the four works, with changes made to texture and brushwork. In the Yellowstone collection, one painting focuses on the hydrothermal feature of mud pots located in the Artist Paint Pots area of the park. Another painting pays homage to the greenery, flowers and wildlife. Contact Caroline: email@example.com www.carolinecamdenlewis.com Works in Exhibition:
Grand Teton: Flora - 16x20 in. acrylic on canvas. $750
Grand Teton: Fauna - 24x36 in. acrylic on canvas. $2,000
Grand Teton: Wildlife - 36x24 in. acrylic on canvas. $2,000
Grand Teton: Lighting and Streams – 24x24 in. acrylic on canvas. $1,000
Yellowstone: Artist Painted Pots - 24x36 in. acrylic and silver leaf on canvas. $3,000
Yellowstone: Natural Elements - 24x24 in. acrylic on canvas. $1,500
Sheila Cunningham Sheila Cunningham is a fine art photographer and mixed media artist exploring the world through iPhone photography, digital collages, printmaking, artist books and book art installations. Always on the lookout for the artful beauty of the everyday and ways to translate that into photo-based and mixed media projects.
Sheila also collaborates with recycle artist, VET, to create site specific book art installations that have been featured at SP/N Gallery UTD, SLANT Gallery, the Creative Arts Center sculpture garden, the Texas Discovery Gardens for the State Fair of Texas and the Cedars Open Studios Tour for the Reshow at the RE Gallery.
Cunningham teaches local and national workshops. She exhibits in solo and national juried shows and is a member of the SLANT Artist Collective.
The joyful songs of birds and the flutter of wings as they soar and dive inspiring a hopeful journey for all.
Amidst the Birdsongs - 20x16 in. collage, ink, paper. $425
Trade Center - 13x13 in. reduction print. $425
Uplifting - 9.5x28 in. collage, hand-pulled prints, printed on maps of Dallas. $425
4. Upward and Onward – 24x12 in. flag book structure on canvas – paper, tickets. photograph. $425
Jacque Forsher Born and raised in small town Kansas, Jacque Forsher earned her BFA in 1983 from Pittsburg State University, in Pittsburg, Kansas. Since moving to Texas in ‘88, Forsher’s work continues to be greatly inspired by the diverse culture found in the DFW metroplex.
After participating in several Iconography workshops, her fascination with sacred art was further influenced and is often reflected in her current work - an exploration where her modern style and contemporary representation find an interesting harmony with the more formal symbolism and technique of traditional iconography.
In addition to her professional background in communications, design and illustration, she is also an experienced curator and exhibit juror. Her artwork has been included in local, national, juried and invitational exhibitions.
As one of the founders of the SLANT Artist Collective, Jacque especially enjoys the collaborative inspiration that comes from being a part of a team of other artists.
Lady of the Lake – 10.5x20 in. acrylic on plexiglass. NFS
Mocha Latte in Yokohama, 24x36 in. acrylic on canvas. NFS
Sink or Swim – 24x24 in. acrylic on canvas. $450
Sock it to Me (triptych) – 24x43 in. acrylic on wood. NFS
Andrea Lamarsaude Andrea is a mixed media artist and enjoys using a variety of mediums in her art; acrylics, oil pastels, watercolor, alcohol and India inks, hand-painted papers & collage elements, image transfers, and mark-making tools.
Andrea is represented by Blue Dragon Fine Art Gallery in Dallas. She is a contributing artist with Art-o-mat®. Andrea received an Honorable Mention for her mixed media work entered in the 2020 State Fair of Texas Creative Arts Contest.
Andrea is the Co-Founder | Marketing & Creative Director for The Mix Creative Space. The East Dallas based organization supports local artists and creatives while fostering a vibrant arts community in DFW.
Andrea has over 25 years global marketing communications experience. As a marketing consultant, she works with fellow artists and creatives to promote and market their work.
The Mix Creative Space Art Gallery
National college student exhibit centered around Freedom of Speech in August 2021 at Allen Arts Alliance Blue House Too Artspace.
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Visual Arts Student Exhibition in the spring of 2021.
Salons by JC Dallas - Casa Linda Plaza Art Gallery which featured works by local Dallas artists.
Texas Visual Arts Association Reflections of Gratitude exhibition in November 2019.
EDUCATION Andrea has a postgraduate certification in fine arts from Sessions College for Professional Design, a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Southern Methodist University and professional certification from INSEAD Business School in France. ARTIST STATEMENT I love combining and contrasting fluid, free flowing layers of watercolor with hand-painted papers or collage elements to create intuitive and expressive nature inspired works. My imagination, emotion and life experience guide me in my process to paint memorable creations that reflect joy. I strive to emulate the beauty, splendor and exquisiteness of our world and the sense of happiness it can bring us. My desire is to visually tell stories with my art and create paintings that reflect the moments that touch my life. My hope is that my work encourages conversations and brings positive, creative energy into the world.
Aquatic Blooms - luminescent & extra fine watercolors, collage, wax pastel, ink pencil, oil stick on 5x7 in. watercolor paper. $200
Balanced, acrylic and collage on 6x9 in. watercolor paper, framed, $200
Climb - hand-painted collage papers on Lokta paper, mounted on 6x8 in. watercolor paper. Lokta paper is handcrafted in the Himalayas. Made from Lokta bushes which grow on the southern slopes of the Nepali Himalayas. When properly cut, the bushes can produce three to eight new, fast-growing shoots making Lokta paper a sought-after and renewable tree-free paper. $200
Flora II - luminescent & extra fine watercolors, collage, wax pastel, ink pencil, oil stick on 5x7 in. watercolor paper. $200
Les Fleurs Delicate - soy-based ink botanical monoprint, created with a selection of native Dallas foliage on 11x14 in. mixed media paper, framed, $300
Linear - acrylic, acrylic ink and collage on 6x9 in. watercolor paper, framed, $200
Play - acrylic, watercolor and collage on 6x9 in. watercolor paper, framed, $200
Resplendent Paris - collage of hand painted papers and photos of Paris (taken by the artist) on Dura-lar on 8x10x2 in. cradled wood board. $250
Laurie Mahoney Laurie Mahoney is a Dallas-based, award-winning artist and website designer. Laurie specializes in needle-felted paintings, using natural fiber from sheep, goats, alpaca and silkworms; and she has recently begun creating works in the stippled pen-and-ink and traditional paint with brush style. In addition to her one-of-a-kind creations, Laurie enjoys collaborating with her husband, John, on creative projects, such as tile mosaics, metal sculptures and lampworking.
The majority of Laurie’s exhibited works have been needle-felted paintings, which can take a year or more to complete. Inspired to participate in more gallery events throughout the year, Laurie began experimenting with pen and ink and soon discovered that the stippling style, used in her whimsical drawings, was similar to the motion used in her needle-felted creations.
Laurie Mahoney is a founding member and co-curator of the Dallas based SLANT Artist Collective, an artist-run gallery hosting exhibits to encourage art appreciation in the community. Her award-winning work (1st Place - 2012 Texas Make It With Wool Contest; Best in Show - 2012 Texas Art Hotel's 'Once Upon a Time') has been exhibited in both juried and invitational exhibits throughout the United States.
As a child, Mahoney experienced a geographically broad upbringing, living in eight states and Canada. Today, Laurie makes her home in Dallas, Texas, but loves road trips with her husband John, that help inspire new works.
Patricia McMillan After a long and successful career as an Art Director and Creative Director in corporate advertising, I refocused my creative energy to reflect my own personal visions through oil painting and illustration. As a member of the SLANT artist collective since 2015 and current resident at The Mix Creative Space, my work has been exhibited in the 8680 Gallery in Frisco, the Dallas Bath House and Latino Cultural Center, as well as local galleries in the DFW area. I've been blessed by the patronage and appreciation of people throughout the US and internationally. I currently reside in Richardson, Texas among my flowering gardens for inspiration, with my cat Stella for companionship and my rescued iguana Iyoku as my creative muse.
Dreaming With the Lizard King - 8x8 in. oil on canvas w/gold leaf. $175
Stealing the Moon - 12x12 in. oil on canvas, $200
Garden Lady - 20x20 in. oil on canvas w/gold leaf, $300
4. Ashley’s Eye - 16x20 in. oil on canvas, framed, $275
VET Recent recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Award, VET, worked on a collaborative multi-disciplinary performance and exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art.
VET is a native Texas artist who incorporates recycling awareness and arts education within her projects and residencies.
Her affiliations include the Texas Commission on the Arts, North East Texas Library Systems, City of Dallas Neighborhood Touring Program, City of North Richland Hills, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas Museum of Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Children's Museum, Irving Art Center, Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, A.R.T.S. for People, Junior Players, Young Audiences North Texas/Big Thought, Young Audiences Houston, Young Audiences Northeast Texas, Youth Services Council, Good Shepard Episcopal School, Booker T. Washington School of Visual and Performing Arts and numerous other local arts organizations.
VET received her Bachelor of Arts and Performance at the University of Texas at Dallas. She currently teaches and exhibits throughout the state of Texas. She is a member of the SLANT Artist Collective.