Be transported to another time and place at the “Jim Seigler: My Life With The Circus” art exhibit. In the 1950s, Seigler was a designer for Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus and he kept his costume and set sketches and drawings from that time. About six years ago, Dennis Murland, the owner of Hyde Park Gallery where the exhibit is on display, saw Seigler's circus-related work. He realized it was an insider's look at circus life rarely seen by outsiders. “The pieces … captured a very specific time and place,” gallery events director Terry Hammon tells us. “Many of the drawings show the progression of the designs from concept to original sketches to finished product. Working under famed designer Max Weldy, Seigler’s collection of drawings, sketches and paintings is a history of what goes into the making of a show from design concept to fabric selections, to final product, keeping in mind the performers acts, routines and costume limitations.”
“My Life with the Circus” includes some 70 drawings and sketches from the 1950s along with new work Seigler created to compliment the original images. This is the first of two exhibitions that will feature Seigler's work this year; the University of Houston – Downtown's O'Kane Gallery will host another show this fall.
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., May 30, 7 p.m.; Thu., June 12, 7 p.m.; Fri., June 20, 6:30 p.m. Starts: May 10. Continues through June 21, 2014