Welcome to Gallery VIII


Founded in 1982 by eight professional women artists, Gallery VIII is a unique fine art gallery offering original art in both traditional and contemporary styles. With one of the largest selections of watercolors in the Dallas metropolitan area, the gallery also features oil, acrylic and encaustic paintings, collages, etchings, and monotypes. In addition, wearable fine art jewelry and fused glass can be found among the artists’ mediums. Following twenty-one years as a vibrant retail art gallery, Gallery VIII is now a creative on-line gallery offering all-original art. Now in its third decade, Gallery VIII continues with creative endeavors, including indivudual and group exhibitions, and an annual studio tour.

Gallery VIII artists are well represented by galleries throughout the United States. Please view each artist’s page to learn more about them & their work, gallery listings, and links to their personal web sites. If you would like to receive online updates from your favorite Gallery VIII artists, please subscribe to this site by selecting the “Sign Me Up!” button on the right.

2020 Texas Hill Country Retreat

The year started off with another rewarding trip to the beautiful TX Hill Country. Ten days of uninterrupted studio time was a welcome beginning to the year.

The Exquisite Corpse

The artists who attended all created three pieces in their studios at home to be included in a collaborative exhibit — head, torso and legs — without knowledge what the other artists were creating. The gallery staff installed the show which produced a creative and entering exhibit. A great success!


2019 Hill Country Arts Foundation

January 2019 – AWOL  (Artists Without Limits)

January 2018 was another very successful year of painting at the Hill Country Arts Foundation Studios in Ingram TX . Seventeen artists painted for 10 wonderful working days.  Everyone was able to produce a nice body of new work.  We also had a show at the Duncan McAshan Visual Arts Center Gallery again this year with good sales and interest.

2018 HCAF Artists WithOut Limits Participants



Five Gallery VIII artists attended in January of 2018 including Marie Renfro, Deborah Shannon, Donna Shuford, Maryanne Reeves and martha Rea Baker


New work by Marie Renfro and Martha Rea Baker completed this year is posted below.   Please visit the Gallery Page of Renfro and Baker to view additional paintings created at the Hill Country Art Foundation in 2018.

imageMarie Renfro        “Coming Unwound”

portaliii40x30newccMartha Rea Baker        “Portal III”

2017 New Year Inspiration at the Hill Country Arts Foundation

This year a record six Gallery VIII artists and partners attended the annual January art retreat at the Hill Country Arts Foundation in Ingram, TX! Marie Renfro, Maryanne Reeves, Martha Rea Baker, Deborah Shannon, Donna Shuford and former partner, Carmen Haggard enjoyed ten days of uninterrupted studio time along with eleven additional artists.

The Hill Country Arts Foundation mounted an exhibition of work created by the seventeen artists, known by the title AWOL, Artists Without Limits, in the Duncan-McAshen Visual Arts Center on the HCAF campus.

We will post more work completed by the artists this year in the weeks ahead.

Paintings by Martha Rea Baker


“Portal I” and “Portal II”         30″ x 30″ x 2″ each        Acrylic on Panel


“Canyonlands” I and II          24″ x 12″ x 2″ each           Acrylic on Panel


Paintings by Marie Renfro


“Embracing Life”         30″ x 22″          Acrylic Painting on Paper


“Entrance”                  22″ x 30″               Acrylic Collage on Paper


“Overlay”           30″ x 22″        Acrylic Collage on Paper


Paintings by Donna Shuford


“Ready to Bloom”               22″ x 22″                Watercolor


“Cyclamen”           14″ x 11″         Watercolor


“Shape Escape”         6″ x 6″        Watercolor

New Year Inspiration

Five of the Gallery VIII artists had the pleasure of attending an annual ten-day artists’ retreat in the beautiful Texas Hill Country this January. This uninterrupted studio time for the artists proved extremely rewarding and productive! Marie Renfro, Martha Rea Baker, Deborah Shannon, Donna Shuford, and Maryanne Reeves  traveled to the Hill Country Arts Foundation in Ingram, TX where they each created an impressive body of work.

What a joy to begin the new year gaining inspiration and creating new work!

Examples of the paintings and collages created during this time are posted below. Please visit each artist’s page to view additional artwork created in January, 2016.



Marie Renfro    “Breaking Barriers”    30″ x 22″    Acrylic Collage




Martha Rea Baker    “Colores de Malaga VI”    30″ x 30″   Acrylic



Deborah Shannon    “November in the Garden”    Collage