November 28 – January 5, 2016
Opening Reception Saturday, November 28, 2016
6:00 – 9:00 PM
On exhibit in The Strand Gallery (first floor) is Francesca Fuchs: Selected Paintings 2004-2015. This Houston artist creates evocative paintings that elevate the emotional content of her subject matter. In a large installation that uses an entire wall, Fuchs pays homage to paintings, drawings and photos that hung on the walls of her childhood home, seemingly filtered through her memory in loosely rendered brush strokes and soft color palette. In other paintings she uses scale to bring a monumental sense of importance to domestic subjects such as household furnishings and nursing infants. Representing her latest body of work, at the entrance to the gallery, is a part of her series on residential Christmas trees. Fuchs is represented by Texas Gallery in Houston.
And, in the 1878 Gallery, Houston artist Arielle Masson is featured in Akasha: The Fifth Element, an exhibit of geometric paintings in gouache on paper. Masson has used a single geometric matrix, called the “Vesica Piscis” or Vessel of the Fish, as a point of departure in her paintings since 1993. The matrix could be described as the overlapping of two circles, creating an almond shape in between, the Mandorla. This single module has been acting like a seed generating the extensive variety of circle-based patterns seen in her work. Masson was born in Mexico City and is a French, Mexican and American Citizen. She currently teaches at The Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
The Brown Foundation gallery features Janet Hassinger: Planet Ocean, a survey ofwatercolor paintings inspired by a concern for the health of all oceans by this Galvestonartist. Known for her masterful transparent veils of color in her painting. “Painting and drawing is my natural form of meditation. Painting, like diving, involves working out of the linguistic mind and into a personal sensory world,” she states. Snorkeling and divingat her island home in Honduras has nurtured a long time fascination with the sea which began in the tidepools on the north shore of her native Boston. Hassinger maintains herstudio in G alveston, Texas and is currently represented by DarkeGallery.com