Long Line of Best Artists Now Includes Killaby of Lindale




This image by Maureen Killaby of Lindale shows a sample of the work by this 2018 winner of the Best Artist in the Best of the Upper East Side of Texas contest.

Maureen Killaby

Once a year during the Best of the Upper East Side of Texas campaign, County Line Magazine recognizes artists who are favorites among our readers. The title of Best Artist in the most recent poll goes to Maureen Killaby and this newest recognition is a good time to again recognize all the artists receiving this title over the years.

The newest winner needs no introduction for those in the region. Killaby of Lindale truly does make art very accessible for everyone. Her compelling creations do that one way and her love of teaching art does it another.

Killaby’s own work ranges from drawing birds to figurative work to landscapes to impressionist to studying the classic Russian and Spanish artists. Her studio is located at 105 North Main Street, Lindale. For more information, contact (903) 830-6694 or visit www.maureenkillaby.com.

Past Years' Winners

[Editor’s Note: Information below is drawn from archival articles. Information was current in year of noted publication, but various aspects have possibly changed in some circumstances.]

David Tripp, Palestine (2017)
Tripp is a former Arlington Independent School District teacher who now enjoys spending time painting nostalgic watercolor scenes from small Texas towns and countryside. www.recollections54.com.


Debora Schubert Lytle, Commerce (2016)
Lytle paints portraits, animals, landscapes, still lifes and murals for commission and exhibit. www.deboralytle.com


Karen Musgraves, Mineola (2015)
Talent runs in the family and this mother of singer-songwriter Kacey and professional photographer Kelly knows how to use paints and brushes very well. She enjoys painting wildlife and western-inspired subjects like cowboy boots. www.karenmusgraves.com


Maureen Killaby, Lindale (2014) -- See previous mention above


Potters Brown, Edom (2013)
A team of artists make up Potters Brown in Edom. In 1971, Doug Brown found three old buildings and two acres of land which thus began the Edom Craft Community. Soon, pots were made and fired. Doug’s wife Beth came to the Edom Art Fair in 1992 to sell the handbags and women’s accessories she designed and made. After falling in love with Edom and Doug, she moved there in 1993 and decided it was more fun to make pots and learn from a master potter.  Downey Stephens is also found in the studio, working for Doug since 1982. All the pottery is handmade by this team. Doug’s years of experience, trial, error, sweat and tears created the jewel tones that are the trademark of the studio. Their pottery is made for people to use daily, to grace their table, homes and lives. 8287 FM 279. www.pottersbrown.com


Bruce Peil, Athens (2012)
Peil is a signature member of Oil Painters of America and is co-founder and signature member of the Outdoor Painters Society. His paintings – including widely recognized American West landscapes – are in many corporate and private collections. He teaches monthly workshops at his studio in Athens where he and his wife, Stacey, own and operate Meadowlark Fields Country House, a bed and breakfast and artist retreat. His work is frequently seen in Southwest Art Magazine and other publications and his one-man shows have included Grapevine Gallery in Oklahoma City; Mockingbird Gallery in Bend, Oregon; Mountain Trails Gallery in Jackson, Wyoming; and Ann Hughes Gallery in Dallas. (903) 677-1117. www.MeadowlarkFields.com


Bobbye Koncak, Mineola (2011)
The self-taught artist paints in impressionist, abstract, and non-objective styles – often in watercolor but sometimes using acrylics and mixed medium. She shows at galleries, art walks, and art festivals in the region. She has been a member of Kerrville Arts & Cultural Center, Guadalupe Watercolor Group, Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, Hill Country Art Foundation, Southwest Watercolor Society, Hoover Art Society, Mineola League of the Arts, Texas Watercolor Society, San Antonio Watercolor Group and Splash Group of Tyler.


Georgia Lange Moore, Winnsboro (2010)
Moore studied sculpture under Octavio Medallin and has taught art at Calvary Lutheran School in Dallas at Northeast Texas Community College. Her work can be seen in her own studio and at museums in Pittsburg and Mount Vernon, and is available at The Frame Up Gallery in Mount Vernon. (903) 365-2536, www.bentpinestudios.com


Zeke and Marty Zewick, Edom (2009)
The Zewicks create jewelry from precious metals - combined with found objects, natural materials, and stones. Each piece of their wearable art is a one-of-a-kind creation constructed by one of the two artists or by a collection of the two. The design and direction of each piece allows the couple to explore combinations of unusual materials, such as oxidized steel, polished bone and colored stones.


Kathy Rachal, Winnsboro (now Houston) (2008)
Rachal’s art is reminiscent of her years growing up on the farm. Roosters are her favorite and the lowly cow comes in a close second. “Hens, goats, donkeys  ΜΆ  you name it, I've painted it,” she says. Other common themes stem from her fascination with sea life, as a result of a living in Hawaii, as well as religious themes. www.kathyrachal.com


Cheryl Hicks, Athens (2007)
The Athens High School photography and writing teacher publishes prose and poetry in literary journals and her mixed-media canvases have been shown across Texas and in New York. Her work is showcased at the Image Warehouse in Athens.


Zeke and Marty Zewick, Edom (2006) -- See previous mention above


Ryan Ayers, Ben Wheeler (2005)
Ayers didn’t discover his interest in art – “capturing the essence of life,” as he puts it – until he was a senior in high school. His adventurous, imaginative paintings are mostly done in oils. He’s also experimenting with other mediums including airbrush, digital painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. 

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