Trifecta Perfecta

Three up-and-coming artists learn the value of a "For Sale" sign

Linda Darke, owner of Darke Gallery, had quite a time putting together the exhibit "Trifecta Perfecta." The three participating artists, Anne J. Regan, Geoff Hippenstiel and Debra Barrera, have been trying to break her spirit, Darke jokes. It seems the trio have been reluctant to put prices on their works, preferring "not for sale" tags. "I have to keep telling them, 'Don't worry, we can sell this one and you can make another one.' But it's been a struggle," she laughs. The artists' aversion to selling their works is understandable. Each just recently graduated from the University of Houston's Masters of Fine Arts program and they're used to keeping most of the work they create. "That's all about to change,' says Darke, predicting successful careers for the three.

Regan's sculptures, paintings and videos focus on folk magic and blues music. Hippenstiel's paintings are marked by their lack of commentary; they are instead studies of the relationship between intangible ideas and physical paint. Barrera's assemblages discuss class and social distinctions. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. 320B Detering. For information, call 713-542-3802 or visit www.darkegallery.com. Free.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: July 1. Continues through Aug. 26, 2010

 
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