Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Texas Size Celebration Art Exhibition at San Antonio's Plaza Club

Join J. R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art as they partner with San Antonio’s Plaza Club for a joint celebration of Texas and San Antonio with a fine art exhibition titled: “Texas Size Celebration”for the March/ April 2014 Art in the Plaza

Free Public Opening for “Texas Size Celebration”:
MARCH 10, 2014 5:30 PM – 8: 00 PM

Located just minutes from the River Walk and the Alamo, Plaza Club is where the leaders of San Antonio gather for business and social networking.

March/ April 2014 Art in the Plaza will focus on a curatorial selection of JR Mooney Gallery artists whose work epitomizes the integrity of Texas Vintage, Texas Impressionism, as well as Contemporary Western.  JR Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is proud to showcase legendary artists like Randy Peyton, Arthur McCall, Cliff Cavin, Warren Hunter, W.A. Slaughter, Bill Scheidt, Sidney Sinclair, among others for the March/ April 2014 Art in the Plaza.

J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art, Plaza Club

“Texas Size Celebration”, Art in the Plaza fine art exhibition

Monday, March 10, 2014, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Free and open to the Public

Plaza Club
100 W. Houston
Frost Bank Tower, 21st Floor
San Antonio, TX 78205

Randy Peyton:
Randy Peyton represents the new cohort of Texas Landscape Painters; leading a post Onderdonk generation of Bluebonnet Bounty.  Peyton has captured the Texas landscape like a scenic shaman, creating emotional and nostalgic reminiscences of days nurtured by the Texas heat- causing the viewer to relax in an art induced medicinal meditation.”  Randy Peyton was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1958. At the age of fifteen he began his quest in painting the endless landscapes of Texas; favoring the bluebonnet. Peyton considers himself a self-taught artist; having meticulously studied the paintings of Robert Wood, Porfirio Salinas, Don Warren, W. A. Slaughter, and many other regional landscape masters.

Arthur McCall:
Hidden in the backwoods of our nostalgic memory lies a dormant thought awakened by a quick jolt of visual appeasement. Arthur McCall is one such artist that has that ability to stimulate our reminiscent reflections of our ancestors. Described as a painter of “Nostalgic landscapes”, Arthur depicts country-time scenes that hearken back to the times of a pre-industrial era; a rugged living dictated by the seasons not the clock, farmhouses before factory farming and open communities before gated ones.  A retired Game Warden for the state of Texas, Arthur spent most of his adult life outside, dealing with farmhands, poachers, cowboys, immigrants, hunters, and “good ol’ country boys”.  This genial living taught Arthur many life lessons, but everything about his stoic profession shaped who he was and who he became. An armed artist with a charismatic lifestyle that mirrors his ability to capture the Texas terrain, Arthur used his camera daily to record the likings he saw while in the field. He illustrates a sense of trouble-free days, ones on which you cannot help but stop and watch the quail feed in the scattered underbrush.

Cliff Cavin:
Cliff Cavin, a San Antonio painter, finds comfort and freedom in traditional Impressionistic Landscape Painting. Focusing his attentions to the vast openness of the South Texas region and the ever expanding deserts of New Mexico, Cavin’s intuitive choreographed artistic calculations in his scenic and visual color SoirĂ©es create stylized paintings that capture the ambiance of subtle environmental illuminations. Cavin is a purist, dedicated to the capturing of light, of atmosphere, of sub-stratospheric heavens.  This painterly alchemy and impressionistic rendition captures this ideal moment in time. 

Warren Hunter:
Warren Hunter left behind a collection of artwork that portrayed Texas as it was. Looking back on his life and career, he represented a full range of artistic expression, including woodblock and linoleum prints, typesetting, oil and watercolor painting, commercial illustration, and the forgotten art of copper etching. He taught both commercial and graphic art. He was the first dean of the San Antonio Art Institute. His art school was the training ground for a host of Texas artists. His paintings hang in the Alamo and the San Jacinto Monument. His works are in the Smithsonian Institution, the White House, and many private collections. Warren Hunter was an extraordinary Texan dedicated to teaching and making art. His ability to capture the beauty of our state has left us with a great legacy of artistic creation.

W.A. Slaughter:
W. A. Slaughter grew up in Texas amid the splendor and beauty of the Hill Country. The serene landscape and rolling hills near his home in San Antonio were early sources of inspiration for his developing artistic ability. His love of nature manifested itself in other ways, as well; in 1952, after eight years of intense training, Slaughter was ordained a Lutheran minister. Upon his return from Mexico, Slaughter began to exhibit his work with the Artists and Craftsmen Association of Dallas. In 1972, Slaughter dedicated himself entirely to painting. Although a wide variety of landscapes inspire Bill Slaughter, it is the gentle beauty of the Texas Hill Country that truly speaks to him. His canvases of fields of bluebonnets and stately oak trees evoke memories of quieter times.

Bill Scheidt:
Bill Scheidt is a level 5 certified Texas Professional Farrier (a specialist in equine hoof care, including the trimming, balancing and the placing of shoes on their hooves), and is a member of the Texas Professional Farriers Association.  Interestingly, Bill Scheidt worked the horse route around Boerne from 1971 till about 1987, and still resides in Boerne. He was also the Farrier for what was previous - Fair Oaks Ranch, before it was a gated community on I-10 known as the same name. He has studied at the Scottsdale Artists School; taken workshops with: artist, Roy Andersen; CAA artist, Joe Beeler; CAA artist, Jim Norton; CAA artist, R. S. Riddick and Bruce Greene; and attended various other Cowboy Artists of America workshops.  Bill Scheidt is also a Signature Member of the Artists for Conservation Foundation, “Supporting wildlife and habitat conservation, biodiversity, sustainability, and environmental education through art that celebrates our natural heritage.”  Bill Scheidt is a current or former member of the American Plains Artists, Oil Painters of America and has exhibited in the Museum of Western Art.  Bill has won numerous awards at shows including best oil painting and people’s choice. Shows include: The Mountain Oyster Club in Tucson, Arizona; The Phippen Western Art Show in Prescott, Arizona; The Peppertree Art Show in Santa Ynez, California; The Alamo Kiwanis Western Invitational in San Antonio, Texas, The Roundup and Collectors Classic in Kerrville Texas and Shows by the Texas Wild Bunch, Professional Artists.

Sidney Sinclair:
Sidney earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a short stint at the Warren Hunter School of Art in Texas.  This fourth generation Texan has studied with international, national, and regional artists. Sidney studied watercolor under Darrell Trott of Australia, and oil painting with artists David Leffel and Gregg Kruetz of the Art Student League in New York City; rounding out a stellar academic course of still life and portraiture with artist nationally recognized galleriest and Western Painter, Jay Hester of Highland House Gallery, Boerne, Sidney`s work has appeared in American Art Review, Country Lifestyle, and Food & Leisure magazines. She has shown at the Alamo Kiwanis Annual Invitational Art Show, the Western Art Invitational, and the Texas Hill Country Invitational at Tapatio Springs Resort, the Boerne Parade of Artists, and the annual Art Walk in San Antonio. Sidney was featured at the Bright Shawl, participated in the American Heart Association fundraiser, and One Woman Shows in San Antonio, Texas and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sidney`s work is collected by art collectors throughout the United States and Europe. Feathery wisps of painterly attributes lick the canvas, driven by nameless afflictions as Sidney Sinclair delivers an artistic pseudo-epitaph of sorts with a muted palette of color that lays claim to a new beginning – an aesthetically purposeful jump off from a road well-traveled, previously versed in despair, sickness and recovery and onto an new awaking; full of life. She gives us prize paintings via new outlooks —a hazy dreamland of internal psychology.

J. R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art / 8302 Broadway / San Antonio, TX. 78209 / 210.828.8214

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