For most of the artists participating in the "Sixth Annual Open Call Exhibition: Good Gulf," currently at the Art Car Museum, it was a question of both timing and talent. The museum accepted entries, all reflecting the Gulf of Mexico, on a first-come, first-served basis. (The response was so enthusiastic this year, all the slots were filled on the first day.)
Unlike their co-exhibitors, featured artists Bonnie Blue and the late Glen Gips weren't limited as to subject matter. Works by the pair fill the museum's two small galleries. Blue, an Art Car creator, has several mounted pieces of previous art cars, including one that was in a wreck. According to Blue, the added decorations helped soften the blow so that she was able to avoid injury.
Gips, who passed away earlier this year due to complications from heart surgery, is represented by a variety of portraits, including several of himself. Gips's paintings are done in bright, colorful pastels. In one painting, we see him sporting a full beard and somber expression, staring directly ahead. Around him are lines of yellow, pink and red seemingly vibrating like dancing auras. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Through January 14. Closed December 31 to January 2. 140 Heights Boulevard. For information, call 713-861-5526 or visit www.artcarmuseum.com. Free.
Wednesdays, Sundays; Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Dec. 1. Continues through Jan. 14, 2010