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

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.

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