Standing Out 2019
● By Jessie Monsivais
The Rockport Center for the Arts is featuring six member artists in the prestigious exhibition, Standing out 2019. The opening reception will be held at 4 pm on August 3 at the Rockport Center for the Arts, and the show will run through Labor Day weekend. The event is free and open to the public.
The first “Merit Show” at Rockport Center for the Arts opened in July of 1985. The artists chosen were Evelyn Atkinson (also Art Festival Poster Artist 1998), Gertrude Bryant, Kathy Sayre, Cookie Tillman, and Fred Wright. While before the artists were picked based on a popular vote at the time, the process has evolved to a guest juror selecting five artists of merit, and the public choosing the sixth by popular vote.
Continuing the 35-year tradition, six enriching Rockport Center for the Arts members will display their creative pieces in the gallery. As part of last year’s Currents Exhibition, the annual All-Members exhibit - Juror Joe Schenk, the former Director at the Art Museum of South Texas, chose five artists from the show to be part of a small group exhibition to be held this August.
This year’s exhibit will feature collage artist Kelly Schaub who became a full-time resident of Rockport after riding out Hurricane Harvey. Her work focuses on mixed media collages with a vintage ephemera on one of a kind papers. Inspired by energetic and vibrant paintings, Robin Hazard from Freeport, Texas will also feature her work alongside Kelly and the others. With a Fine Arts degree focused on painting, drawing, and printmaking, Robin has exhibited her work throughout the United States. Also featured in the exhibition is Sarah Fedak’s latest series of collage, wall-dependent sculptures made of beach plastic (reclaimed trash) and wood.
Elizabeth Misitano studies in Italy, and experience with Chinese artist Liu Bolin shares her latest body of work with the Rockport community. Misitano explores nature and her relationship with fauna. She works primarily in ballpoint pen, layering the medium to create subtle color shifts and depth. Misitano taught this technique at Rockport Center for the Arts in 2018.
Although Sally Mitchell first entered the Arts as a dancer, she later took up photography after settling down in Rockport. Inspired by the ‘dances’ of the egrets, herons, and shorebirds as she remembers seeing during her walks at Rockport Beach Park Mitchell is unafraid to take risks. Sally likes to experiment with photo editing to transform photographs into highly stylized, even fanciful images.
Last but not least is Rebecca Bridges Rice, whose love of art began in high school. Her diverse styles of painting, sculpture and three-dimensional design have defined her as a prolific fine artist, working mostly in oils, but occasionally in acrylics and watercolor.
Engage in a creative weekend filled with art exploration and fun. For information, call (361) 729-5519 or visit www.RockportArtCenter.com