Archway Gallery presents Parallel Journey Featuring watercolor/collage artist Cookie Wells and oil painter Madilyn Stein
Exhibition: October 6 – November 1, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 5 – 8 p.m.
Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston, TX 77006
The artists will be on hand to visit with guests during the exhibition opening reception on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 5 – 8 pm at the gallery. Both artists will talk about their work during the opening reception.
These two longtime friends come together in an exhibit that accentuates the differences and similarities in their work, highlighting the source of their creativity, which comes from deep within.
“Emotion, movement, action – when these descriptive words are combined with bright vivid watercolor, that’s the direction I am taking my art,” said Wells, who has a passion for color and texture. “I do not limit my subject matter,” Wells explains. “In portraits or figure studies of mysterious quality, a new plane of reality is tested. The palette remains strong and bold; however, the shapes and flowing color suggest harmony and pleasure.”
Wells was inspired by the artistic talents of family members. She continued that tradition by receiving BS in Commercial Art from Lamar University, Beaumont, TX and continuing her art education at Glassell School of Art, MFAH where Arthur Turner became her teacher/mentor extraordinaire. Her work is in private collections across the country and has been shown in Houston area galleries such as DeZeta, Square Moon, Baquero, Bering and James and M2 Galleries. She is a long time member of Archway Gallery, as well as a member of WILVA (Women in Visual and Literary Arts; currently serving as vice president), Lawndale Art Center, Watercolor Arts Society of Houston (WAS-H), Watercolor USA Honor Society and Art League Houston.
Stein’s patrons often tell her that her oil paintings evoke humor, fantasy and spiritual sentimentality. With those nouns in mind, her journey continues to transform. Yellow, purple, various shades of red, green and blue have given life to these thirty-six by forty-eight canvases. “I am inspired by the mysteries, hidden meanings and desires that we humans attempt to deny, conceal or hide in our psyche,” Stein said.
Stein has been a working artist since 1987. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and considers herself trained through life’s peripheral nature. Stein has shown her work in numerous group and one woman shows across the US. Her work is in private and commercial collections. Stein is a member of numerous art organizations including Women in the visual and Literary Arts (WIVLA) and Visual Arts Alliance. She was with Archway Gallery from 2007-2010 and returns for this exhibit as a guest artist. Stein now works from her studio at Winter Street Studios in Houston.
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