Fredericksburg, TX, November 16-December 22
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On November 16, InSight Gallery unveils its second annual Holiday Small Works Show, featuring approximately 40 new works from both long-standing and new gallery artists as well as work from guest artist Brent Cotton. The impressive lineup of participating artists includes Tom Browning, George Bumann, Nancy Bush, Tim Cherry, Michelle Dunaway, Walt Gonske, Jennifer McChristian, Jason Scull, and Aleksander and Lyuba Titovets.
“Most of our gallery artists are participating,” says gallery owner Meredith Plesko, and most of the works are 16 by 20 inches or smaller. Though Plesko says, “We’re not hard-and-fast on that. We try not to set limits on our artists.” And the works will be as diverse as the artists who present them, with their smaller size being the only thematic factor. “We love western art,” Plesko says, “but to have [artists like] C.W. Mundy, Carolyn Anderson, and Hsin-Yao Tseng mixed in, there really is something for everyone here.”
Well known for her atmospheric landscapes, Fredericksburg artist Nancy Bush brings two works, including SPRING CREEK, depicting a Hill Country creek at the close of day, when the last golden light is dropping to the horizon and its glow is reflected on the water. “Most of the work I do is in a tonalist [style],” Bush says. “I love the quiet times of day for the reflection and contemplation that it offers people. It relaxes you, makes you reflect on life and the moments that are so fleeting. It’s nice to capture that time of day, a time that many people miss.”
With a wholly different visual perspective and medium comes Montana sculptor George Bumann. “I just started showing with [InSight Gallery],” he says, “and I am delighted. The owners are young, energetic, and they’ve accomplished wonderful things.” In this show he exhibits FROM THE BRUSH COUNTRY, a bronze depicting a whitetail buck escaping an unseen predator. About the sculpture he says, “As much as it is a whitetail, it also is about my father.” Bumann completed the piece not long after his father passed away from cancer, and it became, to him, a symbol of the grace that his father exhibited through that battle. Bumann believes it speaks to the challenges we face as we go through life. “I needed to [offer it] in different sizes,” he says. “This one is a miniature; I hope it still portrays those big ideas.”
Houston oil painter William Kalwick Jr. is known for works depicting Mexican village life. For the InSight show he presents THE POTTERY VENDOR, depicting a market scene in which a potter displays and sells her goods. “I find it fascinating that, in our era, people still make pottery completely by hand to use for cooking,” Kalwick says. “I want to capture these scenes because they are quickly disappearing.”
The gallery’s location in Fredericksburg further contributes to the diversity collectors can expect to find, since the town has become an art destination unto itself. “People that come here regularly realize there are options here,” Plesko says of the many galleries to be found in town. “That makes them come back. It’s great to have us all here together.” —Laura Rintala
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