A Summer Tour of Local Art - The Bend Magazine

A Summer Tour of Local Art

Local galleries offer glimpses into the minds of artists through various exhibitions this season

Local Art of Corpus Christi.

Seventh Season, 1975. Lithograph and Serigraph piece by Will Barnet.

This summer, discover the magic of a diverse local art community within the walls of the Coastal Bend’s galleries. From the vibrant colors of acrylic paintings to the intricate detail of sculptures and handmade jewelry, each gallery showcases the artists’ unique perspectives with these various art exhibitions currently on display.

Art found in the Coastalb Bend's Local Art galleries
Meditation and Minou, 1980, by Will Barnet

K Space Contemporary

623 N. Chaparral St.

Beginning Jul. 7, works from the late artist Will Barnet will be on display in the Starr Gallery at K Space Contemporary. Barnet was known for depicting humans and animals in casual scenes of daily life and transcendent dreamlike worlds. This exhibition was made possible by Janet Laylor, daughter of the late art collector Jean Walters, who owned the largest collection of Barnet pieces in the U.S.


Port Aransas Art Center

104 N. Alister St.

As the community celebrates the 87th Deep Sea Roundup Tournament, artists will be capturing the essence of the long and rich fishing history in Port Aransas with the “Catch It” exhibition opening on Jul. 7 at the Port Aransas Art Center. To gather inspiration, these talented artists visited Farley Boat Works and the Port Aransas Museum to chronicle the early years of boat building and the tarpon fishery that put Port Aransas on the map.


Art Museum of South Texas

1902 N. Shoreline Blvd.

“In Our Own Words: Native Impressions” features vibrant portraits of Indigenous people. Each portrait was specifically created by printmaker Daniel Heyman (b. 1963) and graphic designer Lucy Ganje (b. 1949). Their collaborative process included interviews with the 12 subjects, support from four Indigenous Nations and production by a printing team and papermaker. Furthermore, the entire portfolio was printed in North Dakota on handmade paper created from the pulp of trees grown on local reservations. This is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art as part of the Art Bridges Cohort Program. Information courtesy of Art Museum of South Texas.


2017.2.6.B – Ganje, Lucy – We Burn All of Their Things. In Our Own Words: Native Impressions. Relief prints. Letterpress.

Windway Gallery

203 South Austin St.

Landscape painter Greta Watkins captures the beauty of life on the Texas Coast. These stunning works of art will be on display at Windway Gallery during the month of July. From butterflies and bees to flowers and lush greenery, there’s no shortage of extraordinary representations of our local landscapes.


Padre Island Art Gallery

14646 Compass Dr., Ste 1.

Padre Island Art Gallery will be premiering its new location on Jul. 1, with new exhibitions to celebrate. Cindy Gentry will be creating glass-fused sterling silver jewelry live at the Sip & Shop event on Jul. 21 and Bonnie King, an impasto artist, will be painting live as well.


Studio C Gallery

100 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Located inside the Art Center of Corpus Christi, Studio C Gallery hosts a variety of high-quality original creations by talented Texas artists and artisans. In July, there will be an eclectic mix of artistic mediums on display. Explore woodwork, leatherwork, paintings, colored pencil art, clay art, sculptures, brass and copper jewelry, fused glass and wall art created with rocks from 15 talented artists.

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