After four years of one-man shows at The Redlands Hotel in Palestine, artist David Tripp and his wife Sandi Jones recently purchased The Gallery at Redlands and expanded it to celebrate a kaleidoscope of artistic talent. The gallery now features a variety of original artwork by 12 artists whose media vary from pottery and sculpture to watercolor and photography.
Tripp calls them “The Twelve.”
The combination of their work is alluring and stunningly attractive. Bold pop art portraits of cultural icons mingle with delicate, realistic watercolor paintings, striking fantasy scenes, and exquisitely carved stone sculptures.
“For four years I was really proud of it to be my showcase, but I knew it was getting stale,” Tripp says. “So when I took over ownership, the first thing I decided was, now it’s going to be a full-blown gallery.”
Jones says she’s proud of the gallery’s new variety.
“It’s an honor to display the artwork of so many different people.”
The gallery now showcases a variety of styles by artists who influence Tripp’s creative journey.
Besides having differences in genre and media, The Twelve also vary in geographic location.
Artists Cecilia Bramhall, Deanna Pickett Frye, Grace Hessman, and Candice Lord live in the Palestine area. Other Texas artists include Paula Cadle, Mark Hyde, Tommy Thompson, Elaine Jary, Stacy Campbell, and Ian Watson.
Painter Lorraine McFarland and outdoor photographer Wayne White live in the St. Louis, Missouri, area where Tripp grew up. White and Tripp became friends in grade school and later revived their friendship, going on hunting and fishing expeditions.
Tripp’s life and art are full of stories, which he shares in the award-winning blog, “Recollections 54: The Art of David Tripp.” The stories complement his paintings of nostalgic small-town settings and outdoor scenes like a cowboy cooking by the fire.
Tripp takes on a variety of subjects. Majestic trains, realistic landscapes, buildings, and storefronts with historic charm make their way into his paintings.
The most prominent thread on Tripp’s blog features Turvey’s Corner, an imaginary Missouri town reminiscent of his early years. White — an outdoorsman and retired farrier — is the inspiration for the blog’s main character as he relates his experiences while traveling around the countryside.
Tripp studied art in college, but later studied and taught theology and religion in schools and community colleges in Arlington for more than 20 years. He returned to painting full-time about 10 years ago, deciding he could paint at least 100 works per year. Jones also retired from teaching.
MEET THE TWELVE
Artist Cecilia Bramhall paints fantasy subjects in oils. Imaginary animals, fairies, elves, and even dragons grace some of her woodland scenes.
“I love to manipulate reality to capture my dreams,” Bramhall says. “My passion is to ignite your imagination to see beyond the mundane.”
Bramhall’s “Be a Unicorn in a Herd of Heifers” captivates with poignancy and symbolism. The unicorn’s shadowy lavender and purple dominate and mystify the scene, offering a contrast to the black and white heifers surrounding her. See more of Bramhall’s art online at www.ceciliabramhallart.com.
Paula Bruestle Cadle of Arlington, Texas, designs pottery and fine art. She fashions traditional pottery such as bowls, platters, and canisters and more imaginative pieces such as birdhouses, piggy banks, and teapots. Using white earthenware clay and sometimes stoneware clay, she paints original designs in bright colors two or three times before glazing and firing them.
“My joy is in making the clay artwork and decorating it,” Cadle says. “Once finished, it is time to let go and move on to a new design or idea.”
See more of Cadle’s works online at www.buymypottery.com.
Artist Stacy Campbell’s bold pop art paintings feature famous figures in black acrylic paint on large and oversized canvases. Her portraits range from singers Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton to other cultural icons such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Frida Kahlo, or John Wilkes Booth.
“I want the viewer to have an instant joy, a comforting feeling, as well as complexity of thought toward the subject matter,” Campbell says. “The viewer sees something alive in the familiar faces and feels a fondness toward them, perhaps evoking memories of concerts, movies, or people they love.”
See more of Stacy Campbell’s art at www.stacycampbellart.com.
Deanna Pickett Frye
Artist Deanna Pickett Frye teaches art at Trinity Valley Community College. Her 48 by 48-inch canvases feature bold paintings of delicate flowers in vibrant colors with surrealist effects.
“I’m always drawn to environments that are enticing and bold, often relating to mid-century design or forms found in nature,” Frye says. “I often bounce back and forth from painting intuitive abstracted compositions to realism.”
Learn more about Frye’s work on Facebook @DeannaPickettFrye.
Grace Hessman of Elkhart, Texas, paints landscapes and other outdoor scenes in pastels. She focuses on light and its effects and often enjoys plein air (outdoor) painting.
“Light transforms, embellishes, and illuminates,” Hessman says. “I liken the experience of painting to childhood — fleeting and to be cherished.”
Visit Hessman’s work online at www.gmhstudios.com.
Sculptor Mark Hyde of Fort Worth creates simple, elegant forms that use symbolism to convey his ideas about the human condition.
Hyde began cutting furniture and progressed to sculpting in wood and mixed media, even creating wood sculptures overlaid in gold leaf. However, he now enjoys the experience of carving marble, travertine, alabaster, and Texas limestone.
Hyde says his sculptures — ranging from 12 to 36 inches — often begin with a formal idea but take on a life of their own.
Visit Mark Hyde online at www.lmarkhyde.com.
Watercolorist Elaine Jary of Fort Worth paints natural subjects such as birds and flowers in exquisite detail. She takes reference photos of the birds she paints through a window that looks out on her own backyard and calls her paintings “windows to nature.”
“I want to capture a moment of beauty in our natural world that is perhaps fleeting and easily overlooked,” Jary says.
See more of Jary’s fine watercolors at www.elainejaryart.com.
Candice Lord paints a variety of landscapes in acrylic. She paints scenery of the southwest and other landscapes she sees on her many travels.
Lorraine McFarland of Missouri paints landscapes on small canvases in pastel. She calls herself a plein air artist, enjoying the natural beauty of the outdoors while competing with others. McFarland draws on her experiences as a former wildlife biologist and photographer while painting natural landscapes.
“I am proud and humbled by what I have learned from these experiences and from the (mostly) friendly competition with my fellow plein air competitors,” McFarland says. “My work has improved faster and more furiously than it ever could have in the studio.”
Visit www.lorrainemcfarlandart.com for more information.
Artist Tommy G. Thompson fills his canvas with bright, colorful forms that depict a variety of scenes — from New Orleans nightlife to American landscapes. New Orleans’ Liberty Gallery featured Thompson’s work for more than 30 years, but he now paints from a Texas studio.
“My signature medium has been a hybrid watercolor using fine detailed ink-line with acrylic color wash,” Thompson says. “This allows a high development of detail and a rich color palette.”
See more of Thompson’s work at www.tomsart4u.com.
Artist Ian Watson of Amarillo paints bold, abstract pieces on large canvases in vibrant colors. He first learned about art in classes taught by Tripp at Lamar High School in Arlington and has been painting ever since.
“[I believe] that all art is essentially abstract, whether it is representational, non-representational, or conceptual,” Watson says in his artist’s statement.
Watson follows the tradition of abstract artists Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko but relies on his own individualism. He prefers to paint on the floor on a stretched canvas in the style of some indigenous painters.
Learn more about Watson’s art on his Facebook page.
Photographer Wayne White lives in the St. Louis, Missouri, metropolitan area. A retired farrier, White is also a naturalist and outdoorsman featured as Hank in Tripp’s blog and future book, “Turvey’s Corner.”
White’s photographs capture the serenity of natural landscapes with lush greens and placid waterways. Many of his nature photos feature outdoor activities such as fly fishing or hunting.
See more of White’s photography on his blog, “DoubleDAcres: Ramblings of a Farrier” at www.ramblingsofafarrier.com.
Prices for original works in the gallery range from $175 to $2,400. Greeting cards and reproductions are also available.
The gallery is located at 400 N. Queen St. inside The Redlands Hotel. It is open seven days a week with artists onsite from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays. Call (817) 821-8702 or (817) 821-8670 for more information. Learn more about Tripp’s art and find his blog at www.davidtrippart.com.