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"Mark Wade: Nature3," "Melinda Hall: In The Works" and "Travis Erion: Symbols of the Soul"

 

The Ellen Noël Art Museum has three new public art exhibitions which opened January 8, 2004: Mark Wade: Nature3, Melinda Hall: In The Works, and Travis Erion: Symbols of the Soul.

 

Mark Wade: Nature3

The exhibition Mark Wade: Nature3 runs through February 29, 2004. In this exhibition, Mark Wade creates three-dimensional walled sculptures that are often cube or box shaped with contrasting themes on the exterior and interior. (right: Mark Wade, "Pine Box,"  mixed media, 2001,  8 x  8 x 10 inches; below left: "Pine Box" interior view)

 

Artist biography:

Mark Wade knew at a young age he wanted to be an artist. In elementary school, he was the class-designated artist for bulletin boards or for special interests like drawing the Mayflower. Wade studied art at the University of Kansas, later earning a Masters degree in Fine Arts from Florida State University. Hearing about the supportive art community in Houston, Wade moved to Houston and began working as an artist with varied jobs on the side (one of those jobs led him to become certified as golf instructor). Wade's unique use of materials challenges ordinary notions of what art can be. He encourages the viewer to become an active participant by placing viewfinders or peep holes for interior views of his wall sculptures. The viewer is able to explore the difficult balance of societies' increasing needs with the urgent concern for conservation of natural resources.

Mark Wade's visit to the Permian Basin is made possible by collaboration with the Student Fee Advisory Committee at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin which provided a grant for the Museum's Artist-In-Residence program.

The Artist-In-Residence program brings nationally acclaimed artists to the community to conduct talks, demonstrations, lectures, and workshops in area schools as well as the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. As part of this program, the artist is a featured speaker during the opening reception. The public is invited to attend this opening reception free of charge and meet the artist.

Nature3 is also one of the exhibitions that will be toured during the 2004 "Child's Play" season. Permian Basin Child's Play, Inc. has partially sponsored the exhibition, which will be toured by approximately 5,000 Ector County Independent School District (E.C.I.S.D.) 4th and 5th grade students. The Museum has collaborated each year for the past 15 years with Permian Basin Child's Play, Inc. to offer exhibitions that appeal to children and also provide culturally enriching education activities for E.C.I.S.D. students. The exhibition is also sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

 

Melinda Hall: In The Works

Melinda Hall: In The Works runs through February 29, 2004.

Melinda Hall's layered textural surfaces of vibrant color tantalize the viewer with the joy of simple pleasures. Experiencing a room of Hall's paintings engages the viewer through humor in everyday tasks, the idiosyncrasies of pets or the delights of self-expression. The viewer is transported to a world that allows one to slow down and enjoy sensory delights.

Melinda K. Hall lives in Tesuque, New Mexico with her husband, Gary, a Lhasa Apso pup named Emily and a cat called Nubie. She and her husband, both business graduates, developed several successful businesses in Dallas and throughout New Mexico. A long time interest in art became the impetus to attend graduate classes at New Mexico State University in Alamogordo in the eighties. Painting professionally since then, Hall captures ordinary objects and simple pleasures. Her multi-layered canvases are infused with humorous elements and playful images allowing the viewer to join in Hall's sophisticated, childlike exploration of life.

Melinda Hall's visit to the Permian Basin is made possible by collaboration with the Student Fee Advisory Committee at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin which provided a grant for the Museum's Artist-In-Residence program.

The Artist-In-Residence program brings nationally acclaimed artists to the community to conduct talks, demonstrations, lectures, and workshops in area schools as well as the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. As part of this program, the artist is a featured speaker during the opening reception. The public is invited to attend this opening reception free of charge and meet the artist. (right: Melinda Hall, "Four Cats Hanging Around in their Own Space," 1998, oil & mixed media on canvas, 20 x  30 inches)

Melinda Hall: In The Works is also one of the exhibitions that will be toured during the 2004 "Child's Play" season. Permian Basin Child's Play, Inc. has partially sponsored the exhibition, which will be toured by approximately 5,000 Ector County Independent School District (E.C.I.S.D.) 4th and 5th grade students. The Museum has collaborated each year for the past 15 years with Permian Basin Child's Play, Inc. to offer exhibitions that appeal to children and also provide culturally enriching education activities for E.C.I.S.D. students. The exhibition is also sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.


Travis Erion: Symbols of the Soul

Travis Erion: Symbols of the Soul runs through March 14, 2004.

Travis Erion paints still lifes with common objects that are both beautifully rendered and conceptually challenging. Erion's objects, along with their titles, are often puns that comment on social or psychological situations. His objects are arranged in table-top dramas, that at times resemble an altar or an empty theater stage. Erion's paintings are marked by quiet humor, irony, and a sense of the surreal in everyday life. Erion explains in his artist statement: "I constantly re-evaluate my life through my paintings. All that I learn, or hear, or discover weaves its way into my work and becomes the fabric of symbolism and irony. The paintings become a vehicle that takes me through a journey of self-analysis, the discoveries of which I share with the viewer in hopes that my travels will somehow relate to theirs." -- Travis Erion

The exhibition Travis Erion: Symbols of the Soul is sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts. The exhibition has been organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates. (right: Travis Erion: "Hook, Line & Sinker," 2002, 12 x 16 inches) 

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