“Hill Country Love Affair: Interpretations of a Texas Heartland”

There’s no place in Texas more iconic than the Hill Country. Beautiful, wild, free (at least in the imagination), the Hill Country has long been a favorite subject for artists. Those venturing into the region for inspiration, however, run the risk of descending into cliché. Their daunting challenge is to take something local and familiar and paint something universal from it. With the exhibition “Hill Country Love Affair: Interpretations of a Texas Heartland,” William Reaves Fine Art is showing the work of 30 fearless artists who have taken on the Texas Hill Country over the past century. There are, of course, images of hills and water and trees and flowers. And lone structures in expansive landscapes. Have they taken the local into the realm of the universal? We think so, but we suggest you have a look and decide for yourself. It’s the next best thing to an actual trip to the Hill Country — and a lot closer.

There’s an opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. on October 26. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through November 16. 2313 Brun. For information, call 713-521-7500 or visit reavesart.com. Free.
Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Oct. 18. Continues through Nov. 16, 2013

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Randy Tibbits is an independent art writer and curator, specializing in the art history of Houston. He is a member of the Board of Directors of CASETA: Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art and the coordinator of HETAG: Houston Earlier Texas Art Group. He writes art exhibition reviews for Houston Press from time to time.