Celebrating Nature and Texas Landscapes at the Tyler Museum


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Opening December 11 and remaining on display for three full months, the Tyler Museum of Art’s upcoming “Flora & Fauna” exhibit offers an infusion of vibrant color and cheery blooms certain to lift the spirits no matter how gloomy it might get outside. 

Highlighting the unique plant and animal life of the Texas landscape as perceived by several of the region’s most prominent artists, the major exhibition presents more than 30 works across a broad spectrum of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, silhouettes and mixed media. 

An array of the featured pieces come from the TMA’s Permanent Collection; others are borrowed from public and private collections throughout the state. 

Notable on the exhibit’s short list of featured artists are renowned Dallas artist David Bates, whose work has appeared at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas and the Modern Museum of Art in Fort Worth, and Fort Worth’s Billy Hassell, dubbed “Mother Nature’s Stylist” by the New York Times and a conservation-focused artist who works in oil, watercolors and lithographs.

Besides hosting a Preview Reception December 10 for museum members and guests, TMA highlights the “Flora & Fauna” exhibit during special events like its First Friday Tours, January through March, (always at 11 a.m.) and Family Days — held 2-4 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Admission to all special events is free, but reservations are encouraged. 

The Tyler Museum of Art is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College campus and regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 903.595.1001 or visit tylermuseum.org.


Men in the Arts

On the heels of its popular Women in the Arts exhibit this fall, the Winnsboro Center for the Arts affords equal time to creative men in the region with the Fourth Annual Men in the Arts exhibit, November 5-December 17. The non-juried show displays the creative works of 25-30 local male artists producing works in a variety of mediums. The show is free to the public and an artists reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, November. 5. 200 N. Market St., Winnsboro. For more information call 903.342.0686 or visit winnsborocenterforthearts.com.


She, He, Them

On display November 17-January 14 at the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Center (TRAHC), an exhibit called “She, He, Them” showcases the work of Texarkana native Michelle Anne Holman whose collection of oversized, stylistic portraits in oil is defined by irregular paint and controlled brushstrokes. 

The artist explains that the paintings were inspired by her interest in how the human face reflects a person’s emotions, and she often focuses on the eyes and uses various shades of color to enhance facial dimensions in an abstract way. 

Currently, Holman is working to achieve her Masters of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  The  “She, He, Them” exhibit entails 22 artworks displayed in 200 feet of the facility’s secured galleries.  321 W. 4th St., Texarkana. For more information call 903.792.8681 or visit trahc.org.

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