“Texas Abstract: Modern/Contemporary”

It’s a bit of a drive to see “Texas Abstract: Modern/Contemporary,” on display at the Galveston Arts Center, but it’s worth the trip. The exhibit is curated by Michael Paglia and Jim Edwards and based on their book of the same name. Paglia and Edwards hold that while historic Texas artists were most often part of their local scenes, abstract artists in the state were a significant force on the international scene. There are 20 paintings from the book (it has more than 200 color images) in the exhibit, which, although small, clearly traces the significant and important role that Texans played in the development and success of abstract art. Artists featured include Ibsen Espada, Roberta Harris, Howard Sherman and Liz Ward.

There’s an opening reception with an artist panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. January 17. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through February 22. 2501 Market Street, Galveston. For information, call 409‑763‑2403 or visit galvestonartscenter.org. Free.
Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 1. Continues through Feb. 22, 2015

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