Opening Reception: Texas Critters Group Exhibition

The Mckinney Avenue Contemporary

Sep. 6, 2014, 06:00 pm

3120 Mckinney Ave

Texas Critters Group Show Opens at The MAC September 6, 2014
The Exhibition Runs Through October 25, 2014

Texas Critters, a group exhibition featuring Texas art icons from the 1930’s to the present, opens at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) on Saturday, September 6 and runs through Saturday, October 25, 2014. Texas Critters will showcase paintings of birds, fish, reptiles, insects, and other animals created by members of the famous Dallas Nine, a group of painters, printmakers and sculptors active in the 1930’s and early 1940’s in Dallas. Seminal members of the group included Otis M. Dozier, William Lester and Everett Spruce, and artists still working in the Dallas area today such as David Bates and Billy Hassell. The exhibition will be presented in the Large Gallery.

Texas Critters will also feature a solo exhibition of work by Janet Turner, one of Texas’ most distinguished painters, educators and printmakers. A former professor at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Turner won the Guggenheim Award in 1952, allowing her to travel the Gulf Coast. There she studied flora and fauna, and experimented with combining serigraphy with linoleum block printing. Janet Turner: Expressive Symbolism will be on view in the Square Gallery.

On display in the New Works Space will be an exhibition of Beyond the Surface: Land Stewardship of Texas. This photographic exhibit will convey the captivating story of land stewardship of Texas in front and behind the lenses of John Bunker Sands and David Keith Sands. The Sands brothers had a deep love of the outdoors and documented numerous conservation efforts on the lands they held dear to their hearts. The history of their efforts spans from Rosewood Ranches to the modern day East Fork Wetland Project. Original maps, drawings and photographs tell the historical aspects of wetlands, ranches and wild spaces in-between. The flourish of the present day landscapes will round out the exhibit with remarkable photographs taken from the East Fork Wetland Project. This exhibit will help to raise awareness of water and wildlife conservation of the most beautiful and unique Wetland in Texas through the Sands’ artful lenses.

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204-2437. 214.953.1212

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