Art Connects: William Martin, Raé Miller, Mario Oliva
The Cameron Gallery
March 27 through April 8, 2010
The Cameron Gallery is having an artist reception for their latest exhibit, Art Connects. They are featuring the art of William Martin, Raé Miller and Mario Oliva. The reception will be catered by Rafa’s Mexican Restaurant and have live music featuring Spanish guitar. The reception is Saturday, March 27, 2010, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Cameron Gallery is located at 1414 Dragon Street in Dallas. Call 214-747.1414 for more information.
William Martin was born in Mexico City and moved to California when he was three years old. Growing up, he spent summers in Querétaro with his grandparents. Martin learned to appreciate the culture, beauty and ways of Mexico. He paints many different genres from still life to portraits, landscapes to abstract. Each piece is a conversation with the viewer about the way he views the subject.
Martin says about himself “I paint whatever strikes me as beautiful and creates a desire to express that feeling with paint. It is very gratifying when someone connects with my work, and wants to make it part of their life, bringing it into their space.” William moved to San Miguel de Allende in 2006 and opened the William Martin Gallery. He has broadened his artistic vision to include colorful, sunlit scenes of the Mexican culture that surrounds him.
Raé Miller was born in California, and spent most of her life there and in Arizona and New Mexico.
She began painting at the age of 12, exploring watercolors and acrylics for many years. In 2001, Miller began working with encaustic, which is a technique of working with beeswax and pigment with resin. The word encaustic is a Latin term meaning “to burn in”. Because it is impervious to moisture, encaustic media does not easily darken or yellow with time. In 2005, she won Best of Show for her encaustic works at The Arts Center at Hamilton, Novato, CA, and in 2007 at the St. Francis Celebration Invitational Exhibition in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Miller says about her work “I paint because not to paint is unthinkable. I can’t take credit for being the author of that statement, but it’s the absolute truth. When I’m painting, whether working with encaustic, oil or acrylic, there is nothing else on my mind. It’s a pure space, a sort of communication with everything and nothing, everyone or just me, and an attempt to express what lies within.”
Mario Oliva, from the young age of 5, has always felt a passion and connection with painting. He creates on canvas a new language, through which he freely expresses his ideas and emotions, while carefully considering the thoughts and ideals of others. After completing his studies at the University of Guadalajara, he found his work being influenced by artists such as Michelangelo, Siqueiros’ Mexican muralism and the surrealism of Remedios. In 2008, Mario arrived in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, to begin a non-profit project called the Pure Naive Project, in correlation with the Centro Infantil de San Pablo. He was also a member of a select group chosen to participate in a book entitled Art in San Miguel, published by photographer Al Tirado. Oliva’s greatest influence was his father, a sociologist, who taught him that the most important influence are not of technique or style, but to express one’s true authentic self. This is what Oliva portrays on canvas, a sense of himself.
About the Cameron Gallery
The Cameron Gallery of Dragon Street, specializes in prominent works of 3-D oil paintings by Reflectionist artist, Carrie Cameron. Monthly debuts from an eclectic and talented group of artists include paintings, sculpture, blown glass, and hand-crafted jewelry. Hours of operation Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment. Members DADA, Dragon Street Association. For more information, contact The Cameron Gallery at 214-747-1414 or visit the website at www.thecamerongallery.com.