Williams Tower Gallery: VAA’s 32nd Juried Open Exhibition

The Visual Arts Alliance was founded in 1981 as an all-volunteer, arts organization. As you may know, I’ve been the president for the past four years. This is actually the 71st juried exhibit produced by VAA and, for this exhibit, VAA hired Sally Sprout to be the juror. 598 artworks were submitted by 165 artists but Sprout chose only 58 pieces from 43 artists to be exhibited. I’m sharing my favorites with you here as buy opportunities. VAA doesn’t require a commission so you should be receiving direct studio prices from the artists. If you are serious about one, be sure to clarify the pricing with the artist.

Frank Sherwood White was awarded First Place for his piece titled “Sweet Potato”. This is an homage to Dutch still life paintings and is composed of a sweet potato and its roots juxtaposed with metal strips.

Juan Carlos Cazares has perhaps the most intriguing subject matter in the show. Cazares presents us with a wild pig on in a post-apocylaptic landscape.

Anita Nelson (whom I’ve featured before in my Archway Gallery posts) has this fantastic portrait of ┬álemur. Who’s a painter. Well. Because.

Dee Zunker was “in the right place at the right time, with the right eye” to capture this fantastic image of someone blowing bubbles on the street. A rather simple subject matter but presented masterfully by Zunker.

Robert Williamson has perhaps the best buy in the exhibit. This highly skilled artist is offering a good sized piece at a very fair price. He’s been in other VAA shows – his resume is building. Which means, if you like the work, buy it now!

Robert L. Straight represents the medium of wood sculpture in this exhibit.

Nell Gottlieb is on the upward trajectory these days. Making ceramic work her primary medium, current works involve glass and metal materials, also. Gottlieb has an impressive exhibition history and is well-positioned for the “next level”.

Carolina Buitrago’s pieces really need to be seen in person since the surface created is rich and deep. From a distance, the pieces look like aerial views of square pyramids but as you get closer, you see intricate elements in the surface.

Kathy Drago is new on the scene and already being accepted into prestigious shows such as this one. This is an artist to watch…

You can view the entire exhibition catalog here.

(Photos of artworks are by the artists, installation photos are by Dee Zunker.)


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