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September 2012: A Lively Discussion with Artists Eric Avery and Martha J. Terrill at Galveston Arts Center

Martha J. Terrill, Braided Silk, 2007, Mixed media collage 7 x 5 inches, Courtesy the artist and DesignWorks Gallery, Galveston Arts Center

Galveston Arts Center is pleased to present the second �Conversations at the Center,� featuring presentations and discussion by Galveston-based artists Eric Avery and Martha J. Terrill. The event will take place at 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 20, at GAC, 2501 Market Street. It is free and open to the public.

            Most popularly associated with 19th century France, the “salon” was traditionally a social gathering of artists and intellectuals hosted by an aspiring patron. Though entertaining, these parties encouraged participants to increase their knowledge and refinement through stimulating conversation. GAC invites artists and art lovers alike to create a discourse on what it means to be an artist today and provide an opportunity for the broader community to engage with local artistic talent. Anyone interested in joining the conversation is encouraged to attend. Each artist will give a 20 minute presentation about their work, followed by time for questions and discussion.
Eric Avery is both a visual artist/printmaker and a physician/psychiatrist. His art explores issues such as human rights abuses, social responses to disease (HIV and emerging infectious diseases), death, sexuality, and the body. Humanism has always permeated his art, both in the ideals expressed and by his reference to artistic traditions ranging from Renaissance altar pieces to Mexican folk art retablos. Avery earned a BA from the University of Arizona in 1970, and his MD from UTMB, Galveston, where he continues to practice and teach.
            A native Houstonian, Martha J. Terrill began her study of art as a child at the Glassell School of Art. While painting and drawing were the central focus of her art making practice, Terrill is a life-long collector of ephemera, and began making collages with objects after a chance discovery of an abandoned trunk containing a treasure trove of old letters, photos and keepsakes. Since then her work has evolved into intimate tableaux which incorporate layers of two-dimensional drawings and paintings and with three-dimensional objects, where each component is allowed to reveal its history or story. Terrill studied at Parsons School of Design, NY, the University of Houston and Glassell School.
            Believing that contemporary art can inspire, engage, provoke and inform, the Galveston Arts Center presents dynamic and innovative work focusing on professional visual artists living or working in Texas. As a non-collecting, non-profit museum, the Center furthers the careers of emerging and mid-career professional artists through the production of quality exhibitions and supporting media. Collaborative, wide-ranging education and outreach programs create a public forum to engage diverse audiences in an exploration of thought-provoking ideas that inform contemporary art and our experiences in a complex world.
Galveston Arts Center is operating in a temporary downtown location on the corner of Market and 25th Streets. The exhibition gallery and selections from GAC�s retail gallery, ArtWorks, are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission is free at all times. A flyer listing all ArtWalk participants with times and locations can be downloaded at www.contemporaryartgalveston.org.
SUPPORT AND SPONSORSHIP
Funding for the Galveston Arts Center is provided by the Houston Endowment, Inc., The Brown Foundation Inc., The City of Galveston Park Board of Trustees through the Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund, The Meyer Levy Charitable Foundation of The Dallas Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, Jack and Annis Bowen Foundation, and the generous support of the community, an active membership and many volunteers. GAC�s Art for All Education Program is supported in part by the Alice Taylor Gray Foundation, Harry S. and Isabel C. Cameron Foundation, Galveston Rotary Foundation, Inc., and VSS.
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