“Atavism” – TVAA Gallery Art Exhibition for October 2019

noun: a tendency to revert to something ancient or ancestral.

One of the great difficulties facing contemporary artists is finding one’s own voice in the vast (and often cacophonous) sea of artistic styles and interpretations. The early Modernists often surrounded themselves with tribal, or ethnographic, art as a way to stay grounded in the cultural storytelling in which the visual arts have their root, even as their own art became more and more abstracted. For Atavism, we invite you to explore the evolution of your art. Submit works that meld the ancient with the contemporary, visually or conceptually. What can you create from the primordial chaos of art’s ancient history?

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 20th at Midnight
Acceptance Notification: Friday, September 27th
Deliver artwork: Saturday, October 5th from 10am-2pm
Exhibit Open to the Public: During Gallery business hours; Tuesday, October 8th – Friday, November 1st
Reception: Saturday, October 12th 2-4pm
Pick up artwork: Saturday, November 2nd 10am-2pm

Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan Carroll is the Executive Director of The Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, Texas. Jonathan comes to the contemporary art scene after spending over a decade working with late 19th to mid 20th Century art as Gallery Director of Jody Klotz Fine Art in Abilene, TX. Of his time there, Jonathan said that “handling top-tier Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists and interacting with a truly international clientele afforded me fascinating and unique opportunities, and allowed me to develop a rich visual vocabulary.” Jonathan holds a BA in History from Abilene Christian University.

Jonathan moved to the nonprofit sector because “local art, by definition, is created within a context we share with it, making it immediately approachable, and meaningful. There is something uniquely visceral and energizing about watching art happen in front of you. Paintings being created right now will be part of our cultural dialogue decades, or centuries, from now. I think this is why art education is so crucial for children, and why art therapy is so holistically healing: it creates a vocabulary for understanding the world, and engaging with it, for those who, through trauma, or disability, or simple economic disadvantage and lack of mental stimuli, have otherwise lost their ability for expression.”

“Reflections of Gratitude” – TVAA Gallery Art Exhibition for November 2019

CURATOR: Andrea Lamarsaude

Exhibit Open to the Public: During Gallery business hours; Tuesday, November 5th-Saturday, November 29th
Reception: Saturday, November 9th 2-4pm
Pick up artwork: Saturday, November 30th 10am-2pm

“Reflections of Gratitude”

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The season of Thanksgiving – a time of gathering with and appreciating family and friends. A time for expressing gratitude.

Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture.
~ Kak Sri

This call seeks to discover visual expressions and representations of gratitude. Art that embodies gratefulness you have felt in significant moments of your life and in the lives of those you hold dear.

Andrea Lamarsaude is a primarily self-taught artist specializing in abstract and fluid art, mixed media and collage. She enjoys using a variety of mediums in her art; acrylics, oil pastels, alcohol and India inks, hand-painted papers, image transfers, mark making tools, and lots of love.

Andrea has over 25 years of global marketing communications experience. Through her Marketing for Artists consultancy, Andrea works with fellow artists to promote and market their art.