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Two New Exhibits at The Old Jail Art Center in February

Salt Flats by David Bates, 1993 at The Old Jail Art Center

Salt Flats by David Bates, 1993

Contemporary Texas Art from the Barrett Collection
Kana Harada: Anything You Want
The Old Jail Art Center
February 2 through May 19, 2013

The Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas, will open two new exhibits in February: Contemporary Texas Art from the Barrett Collection and Kana Harada: Anything You Want. Both exhibits open February 2, 2013, with a members’ opening, gallery talk and dinner that evening at 6 p.m. The exhibits run through May 19.

Contemporary Texas Art from the Barrett Collection

Contemporary Texas Art from the Barrett Collection is from Dallas collectors Nona and Richard Barrett. The couple began collecting works by Texas artists in the early 1980s. The Barretts decided to divest some of their collection so they could begin collecting a new genre of art. In 2003, about three hundred works were donated to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) by the Barretts. In 2011, about one hundred works were donated to the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA). The MFAH and DMA each selected works for their permanent collections and then allowed other museums to select from the remainder. The Old Jail Art Center was fortunate to receive works from both the MFAH and DMA gifts.

The Barrett Collection gifts include works by many prominent contemporary Texas artists in media such as painting, drawing, sculpture and prints. Artists include David Bates, Bill Haveron, Jim Woodson, Robert McAn, Joseph Havel, Bill Komodore, Michael Miller, Helen Altman and Brian Portman. The Old Jail Art Center received twenty-six works from the Barrett gifts. Contemporary Texas Artists will include a selection of these works with a special focus on works from the DMA gifts, which will be seen for the first time.

Spring Snow by Kana Harada, 2012 at The Old Jail Art Center

Spring Snow by Kana Harada, 2012

Kana Harada: Anything You Want

Kana Harada creates works that embody her love of nature and gratitude and joy of living. Her inspirations manifest themselves in unnaturally colored trees, flowers and vines. Harada’s works are created from cut and glued foam sheets. These objects convey lightness and softness.

Harada was raised in Japan and the United States. She studied design, Japanese fine art and drawing at Ochanomizu School of Fine Arts in Tokyo, Japan. Harada has exhibited at the Trammel & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas; Texas Christian University, Fort Worth and other galleries in Japan, New York and Texas. She currently resides in Dallas.

The Old Jail Art Center Cell Series invites contemporary artists to create an exhibit of their work within the upper galleries of the museum’s historic 1877 jail building.

The Old Jail Art Center

The Old Jail Art Center is located at 201 South Second Street, Albany, Texas. The art center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The art center is closed on Monday and major holidays. For more information visit www.theoldjailartcenter.org.

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