On Sunday, November 6, I rode up to Pilot Point, TX with my good friend David Schulze for his gallery opening at the Farmers and Merchants Gallery. Pilot Point is about 10 miles northeast of Denton, TX on the eastern shores of Lake Ray Roberts. The gallery is named for the bank building it now occupies. A quaint building erected in 1896 that was utilized in the filming of the movie "Bonnie & Clyde".
Many of the original bank amenities are still in place, such as this vault door manufactured by the now defunct Mosler Safe Company of Hamilton, Ohio. Art and antiques now fill every nook and cranny in this charming gallery.
This was a group exhibition. Several of the artists, such as David, belong to the Outdoor Painters Society. The exhibition also included pottery by Marty Ray and art works from an estate.
David exhibited his oil on canvas works that depict bucolic scenes around Texas and New Mexico.
David also showed his Vista Series works which are acrylic on paper that don't represent any actual landscapes but conjure up ideas of dreamy summer time escapes.
I enjoyed seeing these two vessels created by Marty Ray.
There were quite a few of Marty's vessels around the galleries. Here we see some on the mantel on the far left as well as on the pedestals and tables in the middle. David's paintings are on the back right wall in this photo.
These paintings by Lin Hampton were some of my faves from among the other painters in the show. Lin seems to make the light sparkle as she dances with shadows.
Wes Miller, who owns the Farmers and Merchants Gallery, presented hauntingly familiar Texas scenes. Almost 4 million acres of land which included over 2800 homes burned in Texas from November 2010 to October 2011.
Barbara Maples, North Cheyenne Canyon, print edition of 20
Alexandre Hogue, Cap Rock Ranch
These last two were from an estate. Both artists were from Texas and worked between the 1930s to the 1960s.
All in all it was a fun day of art in a charming gallery somewhere in North Texas.