Each year The Depot Gallery celebrates the holiday season with an exhibit of "small works" created by outstanding local and regional artists. A November 10, 2017, reception from 6 to 9 pm, will honor Small Works VII artists Carol Beesley, Jim Cobb, Don Holladay, Brad Price, Connie Seabourn, Cletus Smith, Sue Moss Sullivan and Corazon Watkins.
The Gallery will be open on Sunday’s from 1 to 4 pm during this exhibit, in addition to the regular hours of 9 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday. The exhibit may also be seen by appointment. Consider giving the gift of original art by one of these well known artists --- a gift that lasts a lifetime.
Carol Beesley, Professor Emeritus of Art at The University of Oklahoma where she taught for 24 years, is known for her distinctive large paintings of the American landscape. Beesley’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and in France through solo shows. The paintings in Small Works VII “represent a ‘pause' from the big behemoths I usually produce,” Beesley says. “Enjoy.”
“There are so many subjects from which to choose.” says Jim Cobb. “My aim, as an artist, is to select a variety of themes to make it interesting and to try to convince the viewer (as well as myself) that I am reasonably capable of painting all of them. Cobb has had numerous one-man and group shows and currently sells his work in the Reflection Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Don Holladay alternates “between figurative painting and non-objective abstract pieces. I am drawn to the solitary figure, particularly because of my printmaking background.” His non-objective pieces almost all originate off the etching press in his Norman studio. Composition is usually the most important element, although in many instances, Holladay says, “my hope is for a look of controlled carelessness.”
Brad Price Price's works are inspired by the Southwest landscape and its rugged beauty. The light in New Mexico has a luminescent quality all its own, Price says, and he seeks to capture its effects on canvas using contrast and bold complementary color. His work is a rebirth of the sense of style of early Taos painters and the Post-Impressionists. He is represented by Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe and by other galleries in the Southwest.
Most of my work is ethereal, dreamy, and narrative” says Connie Seabourn, who became a full-time artist in 1980. Connie is perhaps best known for her delicate watercolors and bright, bold serigraphs that demonstrate her interest in strong, rounded, monumental shapes. Favorite themes are a mother's love, family unity and living in peace with the earth. Connie has exhibited extensively, is in many notable collections, and has won numerous awards.
Cletus Smith's passion is the landscape. “Nature offers an unlimited choice of colors, shapes, textures and lighting,” he says. Well known for his watercolors, Cletus is now painting primarily in oil. Numerous awards and recognitions have been given to Cletus for his paintings and his work as an instructor. He is represented by galleries in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas and is included in the State of Oklahoma Art Collection.
Sue Moss Sullivan, an award-winning nationally exhibited fiber artist, has been working in the fiber arts since 1972. “When I see an interesting shape, color, movement or material, I’m often driven to interpret those things to reflect how I feel about them. I might use traditional weaving, braiding, coiling, etc., to express my ideas ... pushing traditional techniques to become innovative art by using fiber in unexpected ways” Sullivan says.
Corazon Watkins’ passion in arts is evident through her works in oil painting, sculpture, assemblages, mixed media and installation projects. After earning her MFA at OU, Corazon taught ceramics as an adjunct professor there for three years before deciding to become a full time studio artist, which she has now been for over 20 years. Her work has been included in numerous regional, national and international exhibitions, both in the U.S. and in Europe.
Exhibits in The Depot Gallery are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council and by generous individual donors.