Outdoor Texas Artists Exhibition
By Jessie Monsivais
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, opportunities for industries and its people to re-adapt sprout daily—one of those industries being museums. Throughout the year, the Beeville Art Museum, created and operated by the Joe Barnhart Foundation, provides cultural and educational opportunities for Bee County citizens. With a population of approximately 13,000, the Beeville Art Museum is home to one of the most ambitious arts and educational programs in Texas. However, due to the increase in local COVID-19 cases, the Beeville Art Museum has been challenged to close the gallery doors temporarily.
With a revolutionary spirit, the museum prepares to open an outdoor exhibition on August 1-29, 2020. The Texas Artists Exhibition welcomes art-lovers to enjoy over 40 works of art displayed on the fence surrounding the art museum, beginning at the intersection of N. Harrison and 401 E. Fannin. The exhibit showcases a variety of art from paintings, ceramics, and photography to fused glass, fiber, drawings, prints, and mixed media. Patrons can learn more about the beloved Texan artists who created the works on display and can purchase favorited ones via a QR code or a printed list located by the first image on display.
"This seemed like a creative solution to an ongoing concern in the community," Director Tracy Saucier shares. "The Texas Artists Exhibition is a favorite for artists and visitors, and this allows us to present this wonderful exhibition, while still following social-distancing and other safety protocols."
In addition to exhibiting works by renowned Texas artists, the museum's innovative summer programming will continue with Art To-Go kits and virtual art classes on Zoom, as previously scheduled. The Texas Artists Exhibition is viewable to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 361-358-8615 or visit the website at www.bamtexas.org.