Two exhibitions, ALLISON GILDERSLEEVE: High Frequency, and ANNE C. WEARY: True to Nature, open with a reception, Saturday, April 28, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Allison Gildersleeve will give an artist talk earlier in the day, at 11:00am. Anne Weary will give an artist talk on May 5, at 11:00am. View images of paintings and drawings in these exhibitions at www.valleyhouse.com
April 28 – June 2, 2018
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 28, 11:00am
Behind my canvases, collages, and drawings lies a singular proposition: places are not inert; they are repositories for all that passes through them. My work is an inquiry into the experiences and sensations manifestly lodged within our surroundings—not as formal histories but as personal, ever-changing narratives. I deliberately return again and again to familiar settings—wooded areas, home interiors, open highways, back country roads—to show that repeated visits to the same place invariably result in wildly divergent depictions. The practice of drawing is an essential part of my work. One wall of my studio is dedicated to my drawings; it becomes a storyboard for the project at hand. I’m interested in the point where imagery breaks down into abstraction, but not completely—I always want to catch it before the sensation of place dissolves into pure mark making.
Brooklyn-based painter Allison Gildersleeve spent her youth in rural Connecticut, where she was born. She earned a BA from the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1992, and an MFA in 2006 from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Valley House has represented Gildersleeve since 2014. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition.
Watch an interview with Allison Gildersleeve and Cheryl Vogel on YouTube.
April 28 – June 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 28, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 5, 11:00am
Where I draw is the home and world of the animals–deer, foxes, coyotes, rabbits, armadillos, and wild pigs—and of course birds. They’re all around somewhere when I’m drawing quietly and my land is a safe habitat for them. I cannot resist the beauty and atmosphere of the woods-unspoiled and untouched by humankind.
Anne Weary’s studio is the outdoors and her drawings express a spiritual reverence for nature. On her land in Italy, Texas, she sets up a table in the woods, along the creek, or in a pasture, and makes finished drawings on site with graphite, charcoal, or conte. A drawing can take up to two months, one at a time, and Anne hopes the seasons don’t change her subject.
Anne Weary was born in Dallas, and Texas land has inspired her art for most of her life. She began studying with Dallas artist Olin Travis at age 12. In 1979, she earned a 4-year certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where she studied with Lou Sloan. Her focus was on drawing and she was awarded two prizes for excellence in drawing.
Valley House’s founder Donald Vogel mentored Anne Weary and we have represented her since 1987. Her drawings are in the collections of the Arkansas Arts Center, Dallas Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of Art, The Grace Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, and Tyler Museum of Art.
Read more about Anne Weary in Waxahachie NOW magazine.
ALEX CORNO: Iron and Graphite, and DAVID COLLINS: Day Shift, are on view Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, 10:00am-5:00pm.
Thursday, May 10, 6:30pm: Rosa Finsley and Katherine Power will speak at Valley House about the significance of the native prairie meadow protected by the FRANKFORD PRESERVATION FOUNDATION. On Saturday, May 12, 10:00am, botanist Rich Jaynes will give a tour of the five-acre remnant of Blackland Prairie, located in North Dallas, along with the little Prairie Gothic church that has stood there since the late 1890’s.
Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden
6616 Spring Valley Road, Dallas, Texas 75254
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