A few seats are available – contact Darla Bostick (940.320.5660 or

The Meadows Gallery of Art at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) campus in Dallas promises to have an extraordinary art exhibit through the summer. This is the only American venue for a very special Spanish Art exhibition.

The Society of Watercolor Artists in Fort Worth have put together a day trip from Fort Worth to Dallas. A bus has been chartered for the day. The total cost is $30 each to have a bus ride to and from, and admission to the museum which includes a tour by a docent for the exhibition (this is a special rate). While at the Meadows Gallery we can also enjoy their plaza and sculpture garden.


From the website of The Meadows:

Making its international debut at the Meadows Museum in early 2015, The Abelló Collection: A Modern Taste for European Masters will headline the festivities for the yearlong celebration of the Museum’s fiftieth anniversary. Together with Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting to take place this fall, these two exhibitions will celebrate the art of collecting in honor of Mr. Meadows’s own vision for a museum of Spanish art begun over a half century ago.

Ranked among the top of private art holdings of Spain, the Juan Abelló Collection comprises works by some of the greatest artists from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries. For more than thirty years, empresario Juan Abelló and his wife, Anna Gamazo, have searched the globe to bring together the finest and rarest of masterpieces by Spanish artists such as El Greco, Francisco de Goya, Pablo Picasso, and Juan Gris, as well as works by a variety of international modern masters spanning half a millennium, from Lucas Cranach to Amedeo Modigliani and Francis Bacon. Their acquisition in 2003 of the extraordinary Álbum Alcubierre, 108 drawings from the sixteenth to eighteenth century collected by the Second Count of Águila (1715-1784), considerably strengthened their already stellar holdings. Beyond their passion for both art and history, the founders of the Abelló Collection were also driven by a desire to strengthen an international awareness of Spain’s rich cultural heritage. In several instances, Mr. Abelló and Mrs. Gamazo spent several years in search of particular works to quell their desire to bring back to Spain national masterpieces dispersed over time in the artistic diaspora resulting from the historical flux of regimes, the struggle for independence fought on Spanish soil, the collapse of the empire during the nineteenth century, and finally, the civil war of this past century. While Mr. Abelló and Mrs. Gamazo have generously lent individual works to multiple art initiatives in the past, this will mark the first time that this wholly private collection is the sole focus of an exhibition, and in which a large selection of the Abelló painted works will be displayed publicly. Among the works that will be shown at the Meadows Museum from the fifteenth century are works by Juan de Flandes (c. 1465-1519) as well asThe Virgin with the Christ Child, or The Virgin of the Milk (c. 1485-90) by the Palencian master Pedro de Berruguete (c. 1450-1504). This exceptionally rare oil on panel, created shortly after Berruguete’s sojourn in Urbino, is one of the few works by the artist presumed not to have been destined for an altarpiece, and displays Berruguete’s distinctive Hispano-Flemish style. From the sixteenth century, masterpieces by Fernando Yañez de la Almedina (c. 1475-1540) and El Greco (1541-1614) will complement the Meadows Museum’s own holdings of works by these artists. El Greco’s The Stigmatization of Saint Francis (c. 1580) from the Abelló collection will provide an opportunity to contemplate an iconographic variant to the Meadows’s depiction by the same artist of the saint kneeling in meditation. The baroque period is represented by Spain’s great expatriate artist Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652). The Sense of Smell (c. 1615) from his Five Senses series mentioned by Giulio Mancini, art writer, collector, dealer, and physician to Pope Urban VIII, offers a rare example of Ribera’s early Roman period just prior to his departure for Naples in 1616. From Ribera’s later period is Saint Peter (c. 1644), which relates to the artist’s series of apostles as well as his philosophers. The seventeenth-century holdings of the Abelló Collection continue with several extraordinary examples of still life, a genre that flourished during that century.  On display will be works by Miguel de Pret, Antonio Ponce, Pedro de Camprobín, Bernardo Polo, Juan de Arellano, and Miguel Vicente as well as Juan van der Hamen y León. The tradition of still life continues into the eighteenth century with the loan of an important still life by Luis Egidio Meléndez (1715-1780).  From farther afield, Venetian vedute by Francesco Guardi  (1712-1793) and Canaletto (1697-1768) capture dazzling, sun-drenched visions of the popular Italian destination. Goya acts as the protagonist of nineteenth-century portraiture with his depictions of Martín Miguel de Goicoechea and Juana Galarza de Goicoechea (both 1810). This portrait pair is of particular relevance to the Meadows’s collection: the couple’s daughter, Gumersinda, married Javier, the artist’s son, in 1805. They in turn gave Goya his only grandson, Mariano, whose portrait was acquired by the Museum in 2013. The twentieth-century holdings of the Abelló collection represent the grand finale of the exhibition. The range of works from this period is about as varied as the number of art theories and movements spanning that era. Several of Spain’s most important artistic representatives of the past century play a prominent role. Included are masterpieces by Juan Gris, María Blanchard, Salvador Dalí, Miquel Barceló, and of course, Picasso, by whom a suite of rare drawings not included in the 2008 exhibition will be on view at the Meadows this spring. Non-Spanish artists of the twentieth century such as Georges Braque, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, and Modigliani also comprise this remarkably diverse component of the collection. A full-color, English-language catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

The museum entrance includes fountains and access stairs leading to the sculpture plaza from Bishop Blvd. The plaza features a permanent installation of monumental modern and contemporary sculpture by major artists, including La Joie de Vivre (1927) by Jacques Lipchitz, Three-piece Reclining Figure No. 1 (1961-2) by Henry Moore, Spirit’s Flight(1979) by Isamu Noguchi, Geometric Mouse II (1969-70) by Claes Oldenburg and Figure with Raised Arms (1956-57) by Fritz Wotruba. The centerpiece of the plaza is Sho (2007), a 13-foot-tall sculpture by contemporary Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. Acquired by the museum in 2009, the work represents a female head formed by white-painted stainless steel openwork mesh. The sculpture is a portrait of a young Chinese girl named Sho, whom the artist met in his native Barcelona, where his studio is located. The plaza’s innovative design features green spaces, gravel paths, benches and four strategically located overlooks which provide shady, peaceful areas to view the sculptures. One of the overlooks provides a dramatic view of Santiago Calatrava’s moving sculpture Wave  installed below the plaza at street level.


Wednesday, 22 July

Cowtown charter bus picks up at UNTHSC parking lot on the corner of Clifton and Camp Bowie and leaves at 8:45 am and arrives SMU in time for 10:30 docent-led tour

bus picks up at 11:45 to arrive Trinity Hall Irish Pub (all kinds of food–even vegan) and have lunch

board bus 1:30 and arrive UNTHSC parking lot 2:45


Total cost per person:

$22 bus transport plus $8 admission and docent tour to museum (special discount tour price)   Total: $30 each

Additional expenses:   tip to driver at own discretion      lunch will be paid individually

A headcount will be necessary as seats on the bus are limited. Reservations need to be made immediately with Darla Bostick (940.320.5660 or ) Only those who reserve their seat will be guaranteed a seat on the bus—the limit is 21 people. If someone reserves a seat, and does not show up, they will be held responsible for paying SWA their $22 bus fee.

Because Darla lives in Denton, she will meet the group at the Meadows Gallery. Those riding the bus will be required to pay (cash) for the day trip before boarding. Let’s have a great day of art!

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