15 galleries to host First Friday Art Walk

Two new galleries are joining in the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration on Friday, June 6.

Joining in the celebration are Misha’s Attic, located upstairs at Ranch Road Roasters, 338 West Main, and Smith Map Studio, located at 215 West Main.

The 15 participating galleries will be offering special events, demonstrations, art events, meet-and-greets with the artists, opening receptions and more on Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Visit www.FFAWF.com, for the latest news by First Friday Art Walk participating galleries.

This month’s schedule of events:

 

Agave Gallery, 208 East San Antonio, is featuring “Churches Near and Far,” an exhibit and sale of original oil paintings by Roy Lee Ward. 

 An artist reception with music, wine and refreshments will be held on Friday evening from 5-8 p.m.

The exhibit celebrates the artwork of a Texas master who has spent years as a graphic artist, fine art painter and muralist. He was the Texas State Artist in 1993-1994.

Ward holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and art history from Baylor University and a master of fine arts degree from the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design.

Patrons are invited to visit the gallery throughout the day on Friday to see original art and meet the artists.

 

Artisans At Rocky Hill, 234 West Main, will feature “The Wonder of Wood — Woodturning in the Courtyard.”

Artisans will welcome three woodturners to the gallery on Friday from 3-8 p.m. Kirk Acosta, Harold Dykes and Craig Timmerman will demonstrate their talents in the courtyard. 

Acosta creates a distinctive form from each individual piece of wood, often with inclusions of turquoise.

Dykes produces segmented woodturnings that include numerous types of wood and many pieces within a single form.

Timmerman fashions wall pieces and tabletop turnings.

Local wines and appetizers will be served. 

 

Beckendorf Gallery, 105 North Adams, will be serving wine and snacks from 5-8 p.m. on Friday.

The Charles Beckendorf Gallery announces that the birthday of the famous Texas fine artist and late Charles Beckendorf is being proclaimed June 17 of this year in recognition of his many decades of service to the Fredericksburg community and state.

The State of Texas has also recognized Beckendorf with a statewide proclamation for his work on projects throughout Texas.

The family, which owns and operates the Charles Beckendorf Art Gallery, will be celebrating throughout June and invites fine art fans to a day of celebration on Saturday, June 14. The family is hosting a private VIP and media reception on June 17.

  On April 1, 1971, Charles and Dawn Beckendorf opened their first gallery on April 1, 1971. From the very first black and white prints created in 1964 through April of 1996 when Beckendorf died, he painted thousands of originals in all mediums, produced over 1,500 different prints, sculpted several bronzes and produced six books.

 

Cowboy Bronze, 211 West Main, will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday. Wine and light snacks will be served.

Patrons are invited to come and visit with some of the finest western artists in America who work in various mediums, styles and approaches.

Almost all of the artists are working cowboys and cowgirls.

The gallery is featuring new work by Don Weller and a new artist, John Hoskins, winner of the 2014 Overall Equine Award for the photo titled “Missed” featured in Cowboys & Indians Magazine.

 

The Dan Pfeiffer Gallery, 102 South Lincoln, is featuring Hilario Gutierrez as the June artist for First Friday.

Gutierrez paints layer upon layer of colors only to subtract some of the paint revealing the underlying colors for a contemporary work of art.

Also on display is Pfeiffer’s glass on wire sculptures hanging in the outdoor gallery garden. The bentwood glass sculptures are layered with his own invention of metal reactive finishes which resemble the same layered paint as Gutierrez.

 

Fredericksburg Art Gallery, 314 East Main, will feature the three-person show, “Creatures, Earth & Sky.”  

Justin Blair of San Angelo, Erin Hanson of Los Angeles, California,  and  Jill Holland of Fredericksburg, will all be at the gallery from 5-8 p.m. on Friday for the opening artists’ reception.

The gallery will be serving wines from Grape Creek Vineyards and other refreshments.

Blair’s  “Creatures” are painted in acrylic on a clean white background, Hanson’s  “Earth” paintings are done in oil and Holland’s “Sky” paintings are mixed-media.

In addition to seeing Holland’s work in recent issues of American Art Collector and Southwest Art, her pieces and the show are mentioned in the latest issue of Texas Monthly.

 

Fredericksburg Art Guild, 308 East Austin, welcomes Berta Garcia as this month’s featured artist.

Garcia works in mixed medias and her works are everyday things done in vivid and bright colors.

An opening reception and meet-and-greet with the artists will be held on Friday.

The Fredericksburg Art Guild is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission: “to educate, encourage, cultivate, and promote the arts in the Texas Hill Country.”

The guild is funded in part by City of Fredericksburg Hotel Occupany Tax Funds.

 

The Gallery at Vaudeville, 230 East Main, will present “Annette Lawrence — Midway and Counting.”

Lawrence is a multimedia artist and professor and chairman of Studio Art in The College of Visual Arts and Design at The University of North Texas.

“Midway and Counting” is an exhibit of a new body of work that engages time and accumulation through 25 years of Lawrence’s journals. This show also includes two installation works made exclusively for The Gallery at Vaudeville.

“Midway and Counting” will open to the public on Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit will continue during regular store hours through July 25.

 

InSight Gallery, 214 West Main, celebrates the beginning of summer with some “California Dreaming.”

Patrons are urged to come and view new works from California artists Calvin Liang, Aaron Westerberg and Hsin-Yao Tseng.

Liang, a landscape painter and Master Oil Painter of America, brings to life the Pacific coastline and rock formations of Monument Valley.

Figurative artist Westerberg strives for “elegance and timelessness while striking a balance between classic techniques and contemporary subject matter in his work.”

Tseng’s technique in oils honors the Western tradition in both his figurative work and urban cityscapes.  

 

Larry Jackson Antiques Fine Art & Antiques, 209 South Llano, will hold a reception on Friday evening from 5-8 p.m. Wines from Grape Creek Vineyards will be served along with hors d’oevres.

Among the new gallery acquisitions this month are watercolors by Frank Solteze and Harley Brown. There is also a western oil by Bruce Green. 

Larry Jackson Fine Art & Antiques specializes in original Texas art and fine estate art by nationally acclaimed artists.

Patrons are invited to view the objects d’art, antiques and sculpture.

 

Misha’s Attic, 338 West Main, is new to First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg.

Mike Raymer has been a Fredericksburg resident and restaurant owner (Navajo Grill) for 16 years and photographer for 25 years.

Most of the photographs in this series were taken in and around the Marfa, Fort Davis, Marathon and Alpine area.

A number of eclectic collectibles are also being shown. They are the results of work for the National Geographic Society prior to entering the restaurant business in Fredericksburg.

An opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday. Artisan coffees from Ranch Road roasters, wines from Pontotoc Winery, artisan breads from JoJu bakery and light appetizers from Navajo Grill will be served.

 

RS Hanna Gallery, 208 South Llano, features the “En Plein Air” Show and Sale in June, featuring new works from gallery artists.

 Featured are plein air artists Julie Petro with model Jessica Chiles; Margi Lucena “Painting the Landscape,” and Natasha Isenhour “Inspiration.”

The artists will be doing demonstrations at the gallery starting at 3 p.m. on Friday.

The artist reception will feature guitarist Andrew Ybarra.

Twenty-five new works from these widely collected nationally and internationally recognized artists will be introduced in this show and sale.

 

River Rustic Gallery, 222 West Main, is inviting patrons to stop by the gallery on Friday during First Friday Art Walk.

The gallery features original pieces by gallery co-owner and rock artist, Carlos Moseley.

Also featured on Friday will be Cyndy Carroll, a landscape artist.

Kimberly Merck-Moore, mixed media artist, will be here to discuss with patrons how she creates each original piece of art using paper, clay, copper, wood and various other materials.

Refreshments will be served from 5-8 p.m.

 

Smith Map Studio, 215 West Main, is also new to First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg.

 Artist Christopher Alan Smith is a seventh generation Texan and current resident himself. He earned a bachelor of fine arts in visual communications from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in 1995.

He began creating the idea for the Battlefield Texas Series in 1999, at which time he began researching Texas’ historical events. He started his first map illustration in January 2005 (Battlefield Texas: Republic of Texas Map) and finished it in November of 2006.

Smith creates his detailed map illustrations by using pen and ink (stipple technique) on acrylics. 

After 14 years of working as a graphic designer in the publishing/advertising world, Smith decided to create his maps and sell them full time.

His maps can be seen all over Texas at juried art shows and in the following stores: Texas Highways, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Texas Ranger Museum, MapsofTexas.com, TrulyTexas.com, and TexasCrazy.com.

Smith has been featured in Austin American-Statesman, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and aired on Texas Country Reporter in 2010. 

 

Whistle Pik Galleries, 425 East Main, is welcoming summer by showcasing the husband and wife duo during June — bronze sculptor George Northup and oil painter Kay Northup. 

George Northup is known for his limited edition bronze lamps and his sculptures featuring wildlife from some of his favorite sporting hobbies: trout, quail, deer, sporting dogs, pheasants and others.

He finds his inspiration for his pieces through his travels throughout the United States and abroad.

Kay Northup specializes in painting plein air landscapes and considers herself to be a painter “from life and of life.”

Inspired by her many travels and most recently her relocation to the Texas Hill Country, her subjects include rivers, Hill Country views, native florals, architectural landscapes and more. 

Both artists will be in attendance at the gallery from 6-9 p.m. on Friday night to visit with art patrons and talk about their work.

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