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TAM’s concept gallery open house set for Sunday

Darlyne Hartman stood in front of a set of her artwork carefully placing name tags next to each frame.

The Bridge City woman has been producing art for “only 16 years” but the work she is showing at the Texas Artist Museum’s concept gallery is relatively new to her — she works with rust on paper creating abstract images as well as portraits.

Artwork by Arnie Hernandez hangs at TAMs concept gallery. Mary Meaux/The News

Artwork by Arnie Hernandez hangs at TAMs concept gallery.
Mary Meaux/The News

This marks the second year of the museum’s new concept gallery artist exhibition. An open house will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 at the museum, 3501 Cultural Center Drive. On display will be the artwork of dozens of artists many of which are available for purchase. Artists will be on site for visit with the public.

“I think this is great,” Hartman said of the concept gallery and the upcoming event. “You really get to see a lot of different artists’ works and different mediums. There’s a lot of great artwork form a lot of great artists.”

An open house will be held Sunday showing the Texas Artist Museum’s newest artwork in the concept gallery. Mary Meaux/The News

An open house will be held Sunday showing the Texas Artist Museum’s newest artwork in the concept gallery.
Mary Meaux/The News

Hartman enjoys focusing on faces and portriats as well as abstract work. She enjoys working in a number of different mediums except oils — “I don’t like oils,” she said.

Hartman learned the skills from her sister, Juanne Peck, who is an art teacher in the Dallas and Fort Worth area.

“She told me one day to come sit down, you’re gonna learn how to do a face,” Hartman said.

Artwork by Deborah Mahon at TAMs concept gallery. Mary Meaux/The News

Artwork by Deborah Mahon at TAMs concept gallery.
Mary Meaux/The News

A majority of the artwork for the concept gallery was in place earlier this week in preparation of the open house. Barbara Haviland, local artist and TAM board member, explained that the artwork changes quarterly.

Some of Haviland’s work is set up near the front of the museum. All but one of the landscape “plain air paintings” was done as meaning done on site at Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

Information about the museum can be found on the Texas Artist Museum Facebook page.

Admission to Sunday’s open house is free and refreshments will be served.