"Images Of Reality" Art Exhibit By Local Artists At Christ Church Cathedral

Arts and Entertainment

March 15, 2016

Throughout the month of May, the Cloister Gallery at the Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Houston, Texas, will present an art exhibit, "Images of Reality," by local artists. Participating artists include Duncan Simmons and Keiko Yasuoka, and their protégés: Connie Bosworth, Robbie Fitzpatrick, Marj Hales, Marvin Rhymes, Kay Stern, and Tommie Wilson. The exhibit will open with a reception on May 6, from 6-8 p.m. at the Cloister Gallery, 1117 Texas Avenue. This reception is free and open to the public.

The work from this group of artists varies in content and style, but represents realistic painting, with different approaches. Most of the pieces will be watercolor, but some of the artists also work with oils and acrylics. At the reception, you will be able to view the works presented by each artist and meet and get to know the artists as well. There will be hors d'oeuvres and live music for your enjoyment. If you choose to park in the Cathedral garage on San Jacinto for the reception, you will be able to park free.

The exhibition will be on display from Friday, May 6 through Thursday, May 26. You may choose to view the art on any weekday during the exhibition from 11:30am to 2pm, while the restaurant is open. At such times, you may use metered street parking or park at the posted cost in the Cathedral garage.

This group of artists presents various styles and interpretations of realistic painting, with some ventures in oil and acrylics. While the two mentors of the group, Duncan Simmons and Keiko Yasuoka of "2 Collaborating Artists," are well established on the international art stage, all the artists have achieved success in local, national, and international exhibitions. Although each of these artists paints realistically, their styles vary, as do their subject matter, from photorealism to impressionistic realism, and from landscapes, cityscapes, and seascapes to portraits, still lifes, and animal studies.

The diverse artwork displays the outstanding abilities and techniques of the artists. Connie Bosworth's varied watercolors present a beautiful interpretation of her motifs, enhanced by critical care for detail. Robbie Fitzpatrick's watercolors, full of drama and emotion, include landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and, most prominently, animals. The work of Marj Hales reflects an inner joy that she hopes to communicate to others, so her work often features bright florals and whimsical animals. Marvin Rhymes works in oil, a medium well-suited to his colorful, soul-stirring landscapes, rural scenes, and wild animals. Duncan Simmons has amassed an impressive array of awards and citations. While working mostly in watercolor, Duncan also uses oil and acrylics to bring to life his Texas landscapes and seascapes. Kay Stern's goal of creating beautiful paintings for the enjoyment of others is revealed in the outstanding use of color in her still lifes, most of which reflect everyday moments. Tommie Wilson's watercolors are soft and expressive, most often revealing the Texas life around the artist and her family. Keiko Yasuoka's successes extend nationally and internationally, and her works, especially her still life watercolors, reveal a startling knowledge of color, astonishing attention to detail, and complete mastery of her medium.