Wel­com­ing au­tumn

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100 new works

In­sight Gallery ush­ers in the fall sea­son with its mas­sive An­nual Fall Group Show, fea­tur­ing Western works from 60 na­tion­ally rec­og­nized artists, cul­mi­nat­ing in more than 100 works of art, in­clud­ing paint­ings, draw­ings, bronzes and stone carv­ings. The show, which runs Septem­ber 7 to 28, high­lights renowned oil painter Ge­orge Hall­mark, whose ar­chi­tec­tural paint­ings il­lus­trat­ing build­ings through­out the South­west, Mex­ico, France, Spain and Italy can be found in mu­se­ums and pri­vate col­lec­tions across the world. Widely known for his dis­tinc­tive de­pic­tions of stucco walls, tile roofs and long shad­ows, Hall­mark was named State Artist of Texas and par­tic­i­pates yearly in the Prix de West In­vi­ta­tional Art Ex­hi­bi­tion & Sale and the Eiteljorg Mu­seum’s Quest for the West, among many oth­ers.

“We al­ways en­joy the ex­hi­bi­tions be­cause it gives us a chance to visit with both col­lec­tors, friends and other artists. I am also ex­cited be­cause I am the fea­tured artist this year, and it al­lows me to paint a va­ri­ety of sub­ject mat­ter,” says Hall­mark. “[My wife] Lisa and I are

for­tu­nate to be able to travel to beau­ti­ful places and that, along with the beauty of Texas where we live, is my in­spi­ra­tion.”

“This is a very se­lect crowd of some of the na­tion’s finest... and de­serv­ing or not, I’m happy to be guilty by association,” says sculp­tor Ge­orge Bu­mann. “As artists we work, work, work in­side our own bub­ble, try­ing to cre­ate the best work we are ca­pa­ble of in hopes that a viewer will get some sliver out of it.” His bronze From the Brush Coun­try was in­spired by his fa­ther, who died of can­cer in 2005. “Though the bronze de­picts a deer and some cac­tus, the emo­tional core of the com­po­si­tion is my homage to his grace and for­ti­tude while liv­ing with this dis­ease,” Bu­mann says.

The sto­ries of Na­tive Amer­i­cans through­out his­tory are pri­mary in­flu­ences for Dan Bodel­son’s art­work, the Santa Fe, New Mex­ico-based painter ex­plains. “I read a lot—any­thing I can find—on who I paint. Some­times it’s their name alone that in­spires me. I have not yet found what I am try­ing to say in con­tem­po­rary time, but I want peo­ple to see the fig­ure I paint in a new light,” he says.

The ex­hi­bi­tion show­cases a di­ver­sity of art­work in terms of con­tent and medium—oils de­pict­ing sprawl­ing desert land­scapes, bronze carv­ings of antlered beasts, char­coal draw­ings of horses, as well as a va­ri­ety of hu­man sub­ject mat­ter. Other artists par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ex­hi­bi­tion in­clude Mary Ross Buch­holz, Jie Wei Zhou, Scott Bur­dick, Jill Carver and Lind­say Scott, among many oth­ers.

“I be­lieve my work gets stronger with each painting. I am blessed to be do­ing this for a liv­ing and [am] still learn­ing,” says Hall­mark. An open­ing re­cep­tion with the artists will be held Septem­ber 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Ge­orge Bu­mann, From the Brush Coun­try, bronze, 71 x 62 x 42”

Ge­orge Hall­mark, Au­tumn Leaves, oil, 12 x 16”

Dan Bodel­son, Red Tom­a­hawk, oil, 30 x 24”

Ge­orge Hall­mark, Sa­grado, oil, 36 x 40”

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