LGAA: Birds of a Feather Exhibit and David Tripp watercolor demo May 14

Lake Granbury Art Association presents Birds of a Feather May 11th through May 31st at Shanley House Gallery., 224 N. Travis in Granbury. The theme, of course, is birds.


General Meeting – Monday, May 14, 7:00 P.M. – Shanley House

Arlington Watercolorist David Tripp will be demonstrating Watercolor Design and Technics from conception to completion for the Lake Granbury Art Association (LGAA) at their monthly meeting 7:00 pm Monday, May 14, at the Shanley House Center for the Arts located at 224 N. Travis St. by the Hood County Library.  This is a free event and is open to the public.

Tripp grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where he had been drawing and painting since before he could read.  As a young man he had dreams of being a sports illustrator and drew football players incessantly.  He would use acrylic paint that he had watered down to paint with, trying to create trees and landscapes.

After college, Tripp taught Art History in Arlington’s High Schools for the next 28 years.  During this time he also taught private art lessons at his home studio. Tripp also painted numerous murals at Martin High School in Arlington.

Watercolor became Tripp’s passion. He believes that not only skill, but vision and settings help lend his paintings authenticity.  Tripp loves to paint old buildings and scenes that are no longer relevant in today’s society.  He feels a sense of loss just as he feels the sense of energy transported from the past as he paints these places.  He hopes his painting evokes the same feelings in the people that see his work, bringing back memories of days gone by.

Tripp loves to drive down the back roads of Texas seeking out husks and relics from past generations. His watercolors feature the small-town American places that are fading from our landscape, but not our memories, preserving these sights for future generations. Whether it’s a camera or paintbrush in hand, taking pictures or painting small studies on location en plein air, Tripp is always on the lookout for abandoned service stations, general stores, or old movie theaters. There is beauty and symmetry in these old buildings, just waiting to be captured and celebrated.

Since March of 2017, Tripp has focused most of his artistic energies in pursuit of subjects from the Texas State Railroad in addition to the broader legacy of the American railroad.

Camera Club Meeting

Ever wish you could capture great photographs of beautiful birds? Learn from someone who not only takes great photos of many remarkable Texas birds, he helps to educate visitors to the Acton Nature Center.

One of our youth camera club members, Jake Balmuth, will be the featured speaker at the Tuesday, May 15, 6:30 P.M. at the Shanley House. Jake will talk to us about how to capture great bird photos, the equipment that works well for this type of photography and when, where and how to photograph. He’ll share some of the many tips and tricks he’s learned. As a special treat, he will address  one of his favorite subjects – hummingbirds.

In the past several years, Jake has honed his birding and photo skills from beginner to award winning photographer. He has journeyed with his camera to shoot birds across the State and had his work accepted into many juried shows. He received Honorable Mention awards at the 2014 Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Nature Photo Contest and the Granbury Camera Club Photography Show and he garnered first prize, youth division, at the photography competition of the Association Nature et Patrimoine du Val d’ Are in Geneva, Switzerland. Jake, a high school senior, has many other interests including playing the violin, chamber music, astronomy, chemistry, drawing, painting, etc., but photography is a particular passion.

Join us for this program, then venture into the Shanley Gallery to see the art show, which features birds!

OK, can’t resist – let’s flock together to support Jake as he takes time out of his busy graduation schedule to present this program.

See you soon!

*Reminder, this is the last official Camera Club Meeting until summer break. The September meeting is slated for September 11, as a workshop is now scheduled to take place at The Shanley during our regular meeting time.

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