"Barbara Jones: Her Life in Paint" reveals one of Houstons hardest-working, yet rarely showcased, painters. "[In] her 25-year-or-so career she only had one solo show," says curator Jim Hatchett. Jones, who died from cancer in 2009, was a part of the illustrious group of artists out of the University of Houston's Lawndale Annex who created Houston's Art Car Parade. But despite membership in one of Houston's most active underground art scenes, Jones's highly political portraits and paintings were rarely seen. "Nobody ever saw anything other than a glimpse of one or two pieces, maybe once a year," says Hatchett. "Nobody knew - except her husband and some close friends - that she was painting diligently every day...she produced an enormous body of work."
Hatchett is commemorating Jones's death with a retrospective that includes works from her most popular series. Girls with Guns is a collection of portraits with Jones's friends posing with their pistols and shotguns. The GODseries features battle scenes with explosions and barbed-wire-blocked borders, with the letters g-o-d written in the sky. There's an opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. July 3. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Through October 8. Art Car Museum, 140 Heights Boulevard. For information, call 713-861-5526 or visit www.artcarmuseum.com. Free.
Sat., July 3, 7-10 p.m.; Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: July 3. Continues through Oct. 8, 2010