"Wild" Sculpture by Andrea Wilkinson and Paintings by Christie Coker

Opening Reception, Saturday, March 4, 5-8pm

Archway Gallery presents WILD

Featuring Sculpture by Andrea Wilkinson and Paintings by
Christie Coker




Exhibition                   March
4 – March 30, 2017


Opening Reception

DATE:                         Saturday,
March 4, 2017

TIME:                          5
– 8 p.m.

LOCATION:                 Archway
Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston, Texas 77006

Valet Parking & Light Refreshments



Houston, Texas (January 16, 2017) … Andrea
Wilkinson and Christie Coker 's  exhibition, WILD, will be on view March 4 through
March 30, 2017. The artists will be available to visit with guests during the
opening reception on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 5 – 8 p.m. with an artists’
talk at 6:30 p.m.


“All the wild world is beautiful, and it matters but little
where we go, to highlands or lowlands, woods or plains, on the sea or land… or
in the sky.”  This quote by John Muir
serves as inspiration for Christie Coker and Andrea Wilkinson as they express their
love of nature.  WILD is a collaborative
effort combining Wilkinson’s exquisite sculptural portraits of wild animals
with Coker’s textural landscape paintings which are evocative of the environs
in which these animals live.  In the
words of Muir, each artist believes that “…keeping close to Nature’s heart is a
way to wash your spirit clean.”


Coker’s works of art in this collection are inspired by the spectacular
landscape and animals of Yellowstone National Park, as well as the landscape
and animals found in rural areas of Texas. The paintings are acrylic on
textured surfaces with the creative process unfolding spontaneously as they
develop. As collaborative partners for this show, Wilkinson and Coker like to
find ways in which they each show their own version of an animal; Wilkinson
showing the animal in 3-D and Coker showing the animal in a 2-D format where
its environment is the focus. 


Wilkinson’s sculpture features North American wildlife. Wild
animals are magnificent and accessible, the Tetons or Yellowstone National
Parks embrace moose, elk and bears. She is inspired just knowing that they are
there, still living the wild life and fitting so perfectly into their wild
environment. In Wilkinson’s sculpture, whether it is bronze or papier mache, she
tries to capture what it is about wild animals that so fascinates her and share
that with viewers, forming a connection between the wild and us.


Christie Coker received her degree in Education with a
specialization in Art from Lamar University. 
In addition to post-graduate hours in the field of art, she has also
studied at the Glassell School in Houston and has participated in workshops
that encourage artistic growth. After a successful career as a classroom art
teacher, Christie served as Curriculum Director for a local non-profit
organization providing art enrichment for children in the greater Houston
area.  Currently, she is focused on
producing art full-time with artwork included in private collections in the
United States and abroad.  Christie Coker
has been represented by Archway Gallery since 2001.


Growing up in Oklahoma, Andrea Wilkinson’s love and interest
in animals led her to major in Zoology in college and later to volunteer as a
docent at the Houston Zoo. As an artist, she is naturally drawn to animals as
subject matter for her sculpture. Her art training comes from attending
numerous workshops in New Mexico and Arizona and classes at the Glassell School
and Art League Houston. She works primarily in two media, clay to be cast in
bronze and paper mache’.


Wilkinson is represented by Archway Gallery in Houston and
Galleries at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her work is included
in collections both public and private.




  Artist owned and operated
since 1976. Archway Gallery, one of Houston’s and the nation’s oldest
artist-owned and operated galleries, is located at 2305 Dunlavy and is open
Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m.  Since 1976, Archway Gallery has been
exhibiting the work of the area’s finest artists, providing a great selection
of affordable, high quality art including sculpture, pottery and painting in a
variety of media and styles. One of the more than 30 member artists is always
on site, providing visitors a unique experience to meet the artists who created
the work, offering a personal insight into the process. Each month features a
special exhibition highlighting member artist(s). The public is invited to the
monthly opening receptions that celebrate the new installations and work,
usually held the first Saturday of each month from 5 – 8 p.m.  In addition to monthly exhibitions, Archway
also hosts a variety of demonstrations and monthly readings for local writers
and authors, as well as a “Tea and Tour” program, providing visitors with a
free artist-led tour of the current exhibition, followed by tea and
refreshments.  With 30 artist-members, Archway
Gallery is THE destination in the Houston area for affordable art directly from
the artist. For more information, visit ArchwayGallery.com
or call 713.522.2409. Like Archway Gallery on Facebook.

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