Featuring artists: Andis Applewhite, Trudy Askew, John Bernhard, Jeanette Chinelli, Carol McKee, Tami Merrick, Nicola Parente, Karine Parker, Donna E. Perkins, Kay Sarver, Raymond Saucillo and Damon Thomas.
Art Chatter Critique Group Exhibition – Buchanan Gallery – 220 25th Street – Galveston, TX 77550
Artists’ ArtWalk Opening Reception – Saturday, June 2, 6-9 PM
Exhibition runs through July 7, 2012
Art Chatter Critique Group is a Houston collective of established mid-career visual artists who defy the stereotype of the lone artist in isolated studio practice. This community provides its members a supportive forum for the exchange of ideas, information, and critical responses. Members produce individual work in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, print making, and fabric arts and utilize multiple art strategies, including abstraction, surrealism, and incorporation of text.
FOTOFEST 2012 BIENNIAL, HOUSTON
Inspired by Parente’s travel to Ethiopia in 2011, this photography exhibition focuses on the abstract of light as it was experienced by the artist during his stay in Bishangari on Lake Langano. Bishangari is an eco-site, a natural wilderness, a wildlife sanctuary, secluded beach and lodge. It is a natural retreat of breathtaking beauty that combines five ecological zones;- wetlands, beach and lake, the forest, the dry pumice rocks and the acacia shrub. Parente has captured nuances of this beauty in these stunning photographs without using any digital manipulation. Also showing are recent photography works by Miwa Nishimura.
Opening Artist Reception: Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Gremillion &Co. Fine Art, Inc., 2501 Sunset Blvd, Houston, TX 77005 (MAP)
Exhibition dates March 29 through April 19, 2012.
Nicola Parente - Edge of Awakening Exhibition
Gremillion &Co. Fine Art is pleased to present, Edge of Awakening, new works by painter Nicola Parente.
Opening Reception February 25, 5-8 PM. Exhibition runs through March 19.
Gremillion &Co Fine Art, 2251 Vantage St., (Design District) Dallas TX 75207 (MAP)
“Only that day dawns to which we are awake.”
These words by Henry David Thoreau inspire Nicola Parente’s new body of work Edge of Awakening. The dynamic series of expressive abstract paintings explores neither awakening nor its opposite, but the uncertain worlds between the two where each person must choose among possibilities. Those choices, those points of decision, visited and re-visited, both discover and invent the nature of our lives.
In the paintings comprising the series, Parente embraces negative space to evoke a sense of limitlessness. On a predominantly white ground, lines of black and intermittent color appear and re-appear in ever-changing intervals and variant shades whose only clear boundary is the edge of the medium.
According to Parente, “Art is a venture into worlds that are often only discovered in the attempt to represent them to yourself and others.” He prefers to paint in series, “exploring multiple ways of saying not the same thing, but similar things, related things—things that are in process and could go in a multiplicity of directions. The possibility of awakening is also the possibility of remaining unawakened. Our lives are more circuitous than linear, living in more than one environment, a step forward, a step back, moving through a land with no clear boundaries whose silence we interrupt with both our words as well as our marks of paint, discovering and inventing our futures.”
Parente works from his studio in Houston, Texas. Born in Italy, he draws from a rich Italian heritage and a deep well of cross-cultural experiences to bring his art to life. Most recently, Parente’s work was selected for Texas Art 2010 juried exhibition. In 2009, his work was featured in an exhibition, Transparent/Translucent, at the Museum Gallery, University of Texas, in San Antonio.