Friday, May 5, 2017

The Museum of Western Art's Artist of the Month: Margie Barker

Artwork by Margie Barker
J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is pleased to announce that artist Margie Barker is the featured artist of the month at The Museum of Western Art in Kerrville for the month of May. The Museum of Western Art is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and promotion of Western art and heritage. Margie Barker’s beautiful renditions of the Texas Hill Country make an excellent addition to the gallery’s rotating exhibition.   
Art by Margie Barker

The Museum collects and exhibits artwork by contemporary Western artists. The building itself is an architectural work of art. It was designed by distinguished Texas architect O'Neil Ford. The museum opened in 1983 and has displayed works from artists of note including George Phippin, Fred Harman, Robert Lougheed, and Will James. In addition to art, the Museum houses an extensive research library that includes 3,000 volumes of Western art and history. It is an important resource about the West.
Most art appreciators familiar with the Texas painter already know that Barker is from Helotes and paints beautiful Hill Country scenes. She has participated in the Boerne Parade of Artists and Hill Country Invitational, exhibited multiple times at the former J.R. Mooney Gallery of Fine Art in Boerne and more. She is listed in Artists of Texas, Vol. II and her work has been exhibited at the San Antonio Art League Museum. She earned her B.A. in art at Sam Houston State University. There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday May 11 at 5:30 PM. $10 suggested donation. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM-4PM in Kerrville. 

Art by Margie Barker

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Briscoe Western Art Museum presents: Night of Artists 2017 Art Sale and Exhibition

South of Town by Cliff Cavin at JR Mooney Gallery 10"x20" oil $1600 framed

The Briscoe’s Night of Artists 2017 Art Sale and Exhibition is currently underway. 73 Of the country’s most talented contemporary Western artists are exhibiting together through Sunday May 14. This exciting show contains two and three dimensional art by sought after artists like Kim Wiggins and Nancy Bush. This year’s works vary in theme from the San Antonio Missions, to pastoral landscapes, cowboys, Native Americans and raging cattle herds. During the opening weekend events, patrons and artists alike mingled among the art at the Jack Guenther Pavilion. Guests voted for their favorite work while participating in the “Luck of the Draw” art sale. This exciting raffle gave patrons the opportunity to purchase artworks before the general public. Awards were also given for favorite pieces. Gladys Roldan-de-Moras won the 2017 David Crockett Award for Artist Choice for her beautiful rendition of contemporary mission life in her painting Sunday at Mission San Jose. Winner of the Briscoe Museum Purchase Award was newcomer to the show, C. Michael Dudash. His painting The Dressmakers, a stunning 28”x40” oil on linen piece depicting Native American women sewing, will now become part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Mo & Cliff Cavin courtesy of The Briscoe
Western Art Museum & Hiebert Photography
J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is pleased to carry works by two of the artists included in the Briscoe’s show. Painter Cliff Cavin has several original oil paintings currently in the gallery. The colorful impressionistic landscapes portray the countryside from South Texas to New Mexico. The gallery also offers several Ragan Gennusa giclee reproductions. J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art would like to congratulate them both on a successful show and opening weekend. Cavin sold three out of five works and Gennusa was the Patron’s Choice recipient for Hold on to Your Hats, a 24”x48” oil painting of commanding longhorn cattle. This is the second time Gennusa has won an award at this show. Last year he was the Briscoe Museum Purchase Award winner. Congratulations to Mr. Gennusa and Mr. Cavin.

Ragan Gennusa courtesy of The Briscoe
Western Art Museum & Hiebert Photography
The patrons at Saturday night’s gala were treated to dinner and live music all among the beautiful setting of the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s grounds and sculpture garden. Now, the exhibition may be viewed during usual museum hours. All works unsold during the opening weekend are available for purchase through the duration of the exhibition. The show remains open through May 14. Don’t miss this opportunity to see so many talented Western artists from all over the country. See the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Night of Artist page for more details.

Helotes Hilltop by Cliff Cavin at JR Mooney Gallery 16"x 16" oil $1750 framed

Friday, March 24, 2017

March Birthday: Artist Robert Wood

Mountains and Hills by Robert Wood 20"x30" oil on canvas $6000 framed at JR Mooney Galleries

March is the birthday month of English painter Robert Wood. Wood is reportedly one of the most mass-produced artists in the United States. He gained popularity in the 1950s and 60s when many of his works were reproduced in lithographs and distributed by companies such as Sears, Roebuck. Wood was born on March 4th in Sandgate, England in 1889. He served in the Royal Army and immigrated to the United States in 1910. He traveled extensively through the country working odd jobs and hopping freight trains while he sold or bartered his paintings. During this period, which Wood later recalled as one of the best of his life, he was influenced by the rural landscapes of America. His travels took him to Illinois where he worked as a farmhand, to Pensacola, Florida where he married, Ohio, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon.
 In the early 1920s he settled in San Antonio with his family where he experience tremendous growth as an artist. He studied under renowned Spanish painter Jose Arpa and was active in the San Antonio Art League. He was influenced by his contemporaries like Arpa and the Onderdonks. He exhibited in the 1928 Texas Wildflower Competition. Porfirio Salinas was his student. It was here in the Texas hill country that Wood's work blossomed and he gained a national reputation as a landscape painter.

 Robert Wood left Texas for California in the 1940's, and then moved briefly to upstate New York before returning to southern California in the early 1950's where he would settle. Around this time the public became captivated with Wood's seasonal Woodstock paintings. He worked with a print publishing house to reproduce several of his works. The reproductions were a success. October Morn, which was his most requested print, sold more than one million copies in less than two years. Wood remained in California, where he was active in the art colonies at Monterrey and later Laguna Beach, until his death. He never returned to England.

Although the majority of his subject matter focused on rural landscapes, Wood's style changed over time.  His early work was influenced by his heritage and is more reminiscent of the 19th century English landscape painters, while his latter work became more impressionistic. Must have been all those train rides through the countryside. J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is pleased to currently have in its possession Mountains and Hills, a stunning 20
x30impressionistic oil painting by Robert Wood. Call or stop by the gallery for inquiries.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Artist's Spotlight: Cliff Cavin


"Nambe Clouds" by Cliff Cavin
      J.R. Mooney is proud to showcase works by San Antonio artist Cliff Cavin. Cavin is known for his impressionistic landscapes and the current selection at the gallery does not disappoint. First is a New Mexican landscape painting that shows a large dominate sky and purple mountain backdrop. The foreground is rendered in earthy hues and is typical of the geography. The ample canvas size 38”x39” creates a window effect and radiates the imagery of rural Santa Fe or possibly Carson National Forest.
"South of Town" by Cliff Cavin
     There is also a Texas Hill Country scene of a spring meadow adorned with wildflowers. The purple and yellow impressionistic flowers suggest bluebonnets and perhaps Texas flax wildflowers. This lovely piece of the Hill Country is 10”x20” and is beautifully framed in dark wood including a brushed gold step that highlights Cavin’s use of color. Other paintings in the gallery showcase Cavin’s mastery of light. In a country road scene the late afternoon sun reflects off a tree and casts shadows on the road while warming the sky with a soft pink glow. In another work, he uses light to highlight a creek and the surrounding fields.

"Texas Memories" by Cliff Cavin
     The most unique painting in the collection is “Texas Memories” a 30"x30" depiction of a longhorn. It is a commanding piece. The longhorn is turned, fixing its gaze towards the viewer. The artwork would make an elegant addition to any office or study, especially for the Texas aficionado. In addition to his works in the gallery, J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is pleased to announce that Cliff Cavin is one of the artists included in The Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Night of Artists Art Sale & Exhibition. This fundraiser event for the Briscoe showcases over 73 of the country’s top Western artists. More information and tickets for the event are available from the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Cavin will also be the featured artist later this year at the Texas Museum of Western Art in Kerrville. Come by the gallery and familiarize yourself with his work.  


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hill Country Windows

"Retama Ranch" by Lona Bell

Driving along Interstate 10 last week I caught my first glimpse of bluebonnets this season. Each spring these majestic flowers color the highways of Texas bringing smiles to daily commuters (thank you, Ladybird!). By now they are popping up in all sorts of places, picturesque fields, sides of the highways and in parks and private yards.  People from all over flock to roadsides looking for the perfect patch to take family photos in and admire these wildflowers. This seasonal beauty is not only the subject of Instagram feeds and Facebook pages; it is also coveted on canvas. For a more permanent look, bluebonnets scenes make great Texas landscape paintings. They are one of the gallery’s most requested subject matter. Currently, J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art has a variety of quality bluebonnet paintings in various sizes. First is a landscape by San Antonio artist Lona Bell. Her “Retama Ranch” is large and is an exquisite depiction of the flowers lining a pathway home. “Bluebonnet Hillside” by Jung Yoon is even larger than Bell’s painting. His massive 48”x36” piece shows a bluebonnet patch disappearing into a golden sunset. The dramatic sunset lighting and the dominant deep blue hues of the flowers make this painting a powerful piece that is perfect for a foyer, library or other space where it may take center stage. For smaller pieces, Texas artists Margie Barker and Cliff Cavin have bluebonnet paintings ranging in size from 5”x7” up to 18”x36”. Their light, impressionistic style is a breath of fresh air, just like opening a window in the Hill Country. Visit J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art today to open your own Hill Country window and add a little spring to a permanent collection.

"Little Stream" by Margie Barker

"Bluebonnet Hillside" by Jung Yoon

"South of Town" by Cliff Cavin

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Barker is Back!


Helotes artist Margie Barker introduced several new works for purchase to J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art. Barker’s compact traditional South Texas compositions vary in themes this time from yucca and cacti, to red birds and bluebonnets. All of Barker’s works are in vivid acrylic and are framed ready to hang. Any of the small pieces will make a great addition to a home collection, or a gift to a visiting friend or business partner. Barker has a solo exhibition as the artist of the month this May at the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville. There is no better time to collect this fine Texas artist’s work. Stop by the gallery today.


J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art
8302 Broadway
San Antonio, TX

Friday, February 17, 2017

New Arthur McCall Paintings at J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art
"Those Were the Days"


J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art recently acquired two Arthur McCall paintings with nostalgic themes. McCall is a revered South Texas painter and J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is pleased to continue to showcase his work. The two new pieces are “Bygone Days” sized 16”x20” and “Those Were the Days” sized 20”x24.” Both paintings share the familiar setting of the old Texas farm that is recurring subject matter for McCall. These Texas farms include dilapidated barns, windmills, cactus patches, old trucks and yes, the always hidden McCall rabbit. Come by the gallery today and see if you can spot one.

"Bygone Days"
J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art
8302 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209

Friday, January 20, 2017

Boerne Gallery Closes

J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art in Boerne permanently closed its doors at the end of 2016.  We want to thank the Boerne community and all of the gallery supporters who made our time in Boerne memorable.  All of the remaining art works have been relocated to our San Antonio gallery.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we invite you to visit us in San Antonio at 8302 Broadway, just south of Interstate 410 in Alamo Heights for all of your art and custom framing needs.  We look forward to your visit!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

NOW IS THE TIME ....for buying art..and Thank Yous..

*** Sale prices effective October 15, 2016 - December 31, 2016 at our San Antonio location.

*** Sale prices effective November 6, 2016 - December 31, 2016 at our Boerne location.

J.R. Mooney Galleries would like to thank the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm for allowing us to participate in their annual PROTECT & PRESERVE Gala luncheon.

The CNC&F hosted "The Healer" painting by Texas artist, Jay Hester on the Herff farm grounds and allowed this painting to be presented on display at Dr. F. Herff's homestead house.

This amazing opportunity allowed for a visual reinforcement of Dr. Herff's legacy and allowed this unique fine art masterpiece to be part of the historical preservation of the Herff legacy.

Thank you CNC&F for giving us this wonderful moment to share!

J.R. Mooney Galleries would like to recognize the Boerne Professional Artist (BPA) association on another successful Texas Hill Country Invitational sale and exhibition.


Highlights included gallery represented artists Sidney Sinclair, Bill Scheidt and Margie Barker.

Come and see these artists and many more in the our two gallery locations!
Sidney Sinclair                                                           Photographer: ginimartini photography
Bill Scheidt                                                                                                 Photographer: ginimartini photography
Margie Barker                                                              Photographer: ginimartini photography


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