January 16 - March 7, 2021
“The Nave Museum is proud to present Visual Expressions: Seeing Things Beyond the Eyes and Into the Heart, featuring works of art by Alvin artist J. Howard. About 60 images will be on display using her own hand made organic soft pastels and soft pastel pencils. All of the work will be available for purchase. The exhibit opens to the public on Friday, January 16, and runs through Sunday, March 7. Born in Houston, Texas, one of the most colorful cities in the U.S., J. Howard works diligently to combine a love for helping others with a love for artistic expression. Recognizing that color is important in the food we eat; the clothes we wear; our homes; our cars; and even our pets – she points out that “there is a great deal more to color than what meets the eye because it communicates.” Classically trained in oils at a very young age, she remained focused on drawing and 2D animation; eventually going to work for the studios. It was there that she developed a more intense love for tricking the eye of what it sees with hand drawn images in Hyper-realism.
J. Howard utilizes the intricate detailing of hyper-realism to present images through organic soft pastel drawings on canvas. She believes that as an artist, she must delve beyond just recognizing the colors present for their inherent qualities but, also incorporate them in such a way that each drawing goes beyond the natural depth of field for a photographic quality. There is a strong desire to ignite emotion and provoke thought as not only an artist but, as a therapist by using art as a therapeutic stimulant for communication to reach a deeper level of healing. Coupled with an even deeper desire for detail, it is obvious in her work that the goal is to reach the viewer through what is represented in her unique style. As 2016 Hunting Art Prize Finalist and Purchase Award Winner; 2017 National Emerging Artist selection; 2018&2019 American Art Awards Winner; 2018 Cowboy True Best of Show (Drawing); 2018 International Illustration Award; 2019 Best of the Best’ 2020 Inspirational Contemporary Artist; and 2021 Texas State 2D Nominee, her work has received many more awards in, both, national and international arenas and has been published often. Currently featured in Art Reveal Magazine and Art Quench Magazine, her work is exhibited across the country and in various arenas. Please visit organicpastels.com to learn more. The Nave is open Thursday and Friday from noon to 5 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 pm. The Nave is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Admission to the Nave is always free, and donations are gladly accepted at the door! Everyone is encouraged to come see this beautiful exhibit. Memberships are always available, so call 361-575-8228 to find out how to join.
The Nave Museum will be enforcing social distancing, and we will be frequently cleaning door handles and surfaces. Hand sanitizer will also be available to keep our visitors safe.
Face coverings are required.”
On View: January 16, 2021 | 1–5 pm
306 W. Commerical Street