NOTED: VISUAL ARTS
mary anne smiley, ASID, RID
Interior design art +
Flora and Fauna is alive
and well at The MAC.
The McKinney Avenue Contemporary celebrates 20
years of dynamic artistic expression in all media with a
series of exhibitions that comprises an ongoing homage to
the space in MAC@ 20.
Running Sept. 6–Oct. 25, The MAC presents Texas Critters.
Texas Critters will showcase paintings of birds, fish, reptiles,
insects, and other animals created by members of the famous
Dallas Nine, a group of painters, printmakers and sculptors
active in the 1930’s and early 1940’s in Dallas. Seminal
members of the group included Otis M. Dozier, William
Lester and Everett Spruce, and artists still working in the
Dallas area today such as David Bates and Billy Hassell.
The exhibition will be presented in the Large Gallery.
Texas Critters also features the work of Janet Turner,
the former professor at Stephen F. Austin University
in Nacogdoches. A distinguished educator, painter and
printmaker, Turner’s Expressive Symbolism celebrates the
artist’s important career on view in the Square Gallery.
Turner won the Guggenheim Award in 1952, allowing her
to travel the Gulf Coast. There she studied flora and fauna,
and experimented with combining serigraphy with linoleum
block printing. In the New Works Space, the work of John
Bunker Sands and David Keith Sands runs concurrently
with Texas Critters. The Sands exhibit documents their love
of nature through a photographic exploration in Beyond the
Surface: Land and Stewardship of Texas. the-mac.org. –Sarah