Vera Barnett & Brian Cobble open May 30 at Valley House


Join us Saturday, May 30, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm, for the opening reception for Vera Barnett: The Painted Word and Brian Cobble: Scratching the Surface.

Brian Cobble will give an artist talk on Saturday, May 30, at 11:00 am.
Vera Barnett will give an artist talk on Saturday, June 6, at 11:00 am.

Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden

6616 Spring Valley Road
Dallas, Texas 75254-8635

Phone: 972-239-2441
Fax: 972-239-1462


Vera Barnett The Painted Word

May 30 – July 3, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 30, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, June 6, 11:00 am

In this body of work, Vera Barnett has turned to the written word—quotes, poetry, literature, sayings—for inspiration. From those words, Barnett derives poignant meaning through compositions she develops. Barnett creates the elements of the composition—by sewing and painting plastic, cardboard, and cloth to create figures and animals; by painting backdrops using cardboard and tape; and by assembling found objects. Once these elements are set up in her studio, Barnett paints her still life arrangement in a trompe l’oeil manner so real as to confound the viewer. Barnett says, “I am drawn to art that explores the emotional relationships between people, their environment and circumstances that they find themselves in. I wish to reconstruct these ideas through my own vision, my life and experiences.” Barnett studied at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. This is her second solo exhibition at Valley House Gallery. Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches will present a solo exhibition of Barnett’s work in 2016.

Brian Cobble Scratching the Surface

May 30 – July 3, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 30, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 30, 11:00 am

Valley House Gallery is honored to present our sixth exhibition of Brian Cobble’s luminous urban and rural landscapes. Cobble’s perception, dedication, and technical facility make him one of the finest artists working in pastel today. Cobble received his MFA from Southern Methodist University where he studied with Roger Winter who lauds, In a clamoring market-driven art world, Brian Cobble’s contribution is, indeed, blessed assurance to each of us that delicacy of drawing and subtlety of sight still exist.

Cobble’s works are in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art; the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; the El Paso Museum of Art; the Tyler Museum of Art; and The Columbus Museum, Georgia. Cobble’s work has been exhibited at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas; The Grace Museum, Abilene; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; and the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio.

Cobble states: In a broad sense, Scratching the Surface is what I do. With an approach that requires applying stroke after stroke and layer upon layer of sharpened pastels, making art is monumentally slow and indirect, (and occasionally zen-like). And somehow, somewhere along the way, if one is persistent, and lucky, and the subconscious kicks in properly, a little magic or mystery or atmosphere sneaks into the painting, and just maybe you scratch the surface of something deeper.

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