thegallery8680 entertained a gallery full of guests and hopeful artists at the opening reception for their latest show'emerging on April 22. The 'emerging' show features regional local artists who are breaking into the art scene, and were hand selected by the gallery director, Robyn Parker Feehan.
The term 'emerging' in the art world means that the artists have limited experience showing their work in professional galleries, but it dosen't mean they are beginning artists. Each of the ten artists have a unique style and voice, and the qualiy of their work is top-notch.
Frisco artist Tom Freeman has been painting for years and has a large body of oil paintings to his credit. He has been an art dealer himself, but only recently has he begun to steadily promote his work.
"When I walk into his home and see his wonderful collection of artwork I want to share it with the world," commends Feehan. "Tom's paintings of Paris and Italy are truly collectibles."
Artists generally love the creative aspect of their job, but may find it difficult to devote the time and energy required to market their work. thegallery8680 provides the solution.
"The purpose behind the gallery is to give artists an opportunity to show their work to the public. " I feel a greater awarness of original art and its value needs to be seen by our residents," explains Feehan.
Newcomer: Melissa Winton was approached by Robyn at the Frisco Arts in The Square Festival this spring. Winton's absracts are personal depictions of times in her young life while growing up in Florida.
"Robyn personally came by to view my paintings displayed in my booth and invited me to the gallery show. I was excited by her enthusiasm for my art," says Winton.
Andrew Williams, a young photographer from Dallas who is studying in New York, has several 20x30" photographs in the show. Showing at thegallery8680 offers him professional experience, and also helps him to establish his presence in the art market. Because of this show, two of his photographs caught the eye of collectors and now have new homes.
Celeste Seitz, a New Orleans native, began showing her work in Frisco earlier this year. Her ethereal landscapes create thought provoking moments through subtle, earthy colors. "Robyn has assembled a very diverse, beautiful collection of artwork for this show." says Seitz. "I am grateful and humbled to be among the artists displayed."
Other artits featured in the 'emerging' exhibit are painters Deanna Williams, Barbara Dubovsky, Monica Fallini, and Asher Feehan, mixed media artists Walter Kane and conceptual painter Benje Feehan.
The opening reception was well attended by art enthisiasts and collectors from all over the North Texas area, and so far five of the works have sold. "it is encouraging to see local people love and appreciate the work of the artists," says Feehan.
In order to accomadate daytime guests; thegallery8680 will host a free lunchtime reception on Wednesday, May 18 from 11.30am -3.30pm. Everyone from the community is invited.
"Our hope is that this reception is attended by the press, designers, councilmen, lovers of art and anyone who wants to see art become a part of the City of Frisco" explains Feehan. "What a wonderful way to spend your lunchtime".
Thegallery is located at 8680 Main Street, in Crestview professional Center. If you have any questions or would like to view the artwork, please contact Robyn for an appointment 214 .585. 8175. The show closes May 21.