The digital photographs of Barbra Riley have contemporary whimsy encased in the gorgeousness of Dutch still life and Romantic landscape paintings. The landscape as backdrop could be the River Arno in Florence or Canyon Lake. The still life objects include finds from HEB, family heirlooms, nature, or a modern home - all arranged in soft light that melds with the backdrop. Looking at her images is similar to a scavenger hunt but without a list. The Arnold Art Gallery invites everyone to see the exhibit and delight in the artist’s skill and humor.
The opening for the exhibit of her digital photographs will coincide with the Art Walk Friday, October 4 with an opportunity to meet the artist that evening 5-7 p.m. in the Gallery. The exhibit will continue until November 29.
As an exclusive event for the Mason exhibit, Riley has made a limited edition of photographs that will be available for sale during the month. The artist is hoping that by making a smaller version of one of her larger prints available almost at cost, viewers will become collectors. Postcard with the image are available at the Arnold Art Gallery and at other Art Walk locations.
Riley has been working with numerous mediums including photography, painting and book arts since 1967. She holds an MA degree in Painting and Photography from California State University, Sacramento; has done post graduate work in Design and Photography from the University of Texas at Austin; and has studied fine art at the School of Visual Arts, New York City, and the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her work has been featured in over 150 regional, national and international exhibitions including solo, juried and group invitationals. Riley’s work is included in public and corporate collections that include Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Texas A&M University System; Erie Art Center, Erie, PA; Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin; AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX (SPURS NBA); Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City, NY; Frito Lay Corporation, Waco, TX; Imperial Sugar, Sugarland, TX; Jason’s Deli; and Price Waterhouse, Los Angeles, CA.
The award-winning artist is a National Endowment for the Arts recipient, and her work has been featured in major publications including Art in America, Texas Monthly, Artweek, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. For over 30 years Riley has conducted workshops throughout the United States, France and Morocco. Currently she is a Professor of Art at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, and a full time studio artist.
Riley's exhibit will open in the Arnold Art Gallery on the evening of October 4th during an Intimate meet and greet reception offering Hors d’oeuvres and wine. We hope to see you there. This opening also coincides with the Mason Art Walk that evening.