August 5 - September 5, 2023
From Commerce Gallery:
“Born in Southern California and the daughter of a Marine Corps Colonel, Adde Russell has called many places home. After graduating from Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts in 2000, she spent several years exhibiting her work in the Northwest, New York, and Italy before making the move to Austin.
Adde has also enjoyed a career in design and has been fortunate to work with talented musicians and authors creating cover and packaging art. Along with her love of painting, she has played drums for different bands and was a Texas Rollergirl for a couple of seasons.
Christy Stallop is an artist living in Austin, Texas. Born and raised in El Paso, her work is greatly influenced by the west. She received a degree in Art Education from St. Edward’s University and taught art at a small tier-one charter school for 11 years. Christy Stallop’s oil paintings are vignettes of the West, depicted through a few of its unwitting icons, including grackles, bandanas, and local landmarks. Best known for her lovable grackles painted in oil, Stallop imbues her emotionally intelligent sense of humor into her work. “Sometimes you need something that makes you smile,” she said. A lifelong creative, Stallop refined her painting technique over years of teaching art, as is evident in the formal qualities of her work. Her ability to render her whimsical subjects so beautifully grounds her paintings, allowing viewers to connect with her work in an unexpected way.
Mitch McGee grew up just south of the Red River and has trickled his way further into Texas calling many places home. He currently lives and works in the Texas Hill Country.
His layered birch works are conceptually grounded in the style of Pop Art legend, Roy Lichtenstein. Specifically citing the resemblance of specific comic work in Lichtenstein’s ‘Girl With Hair Ribbon’, 1965 as McGee’s concept for his first major re-appropriation in this arena, setting in motion this iconic body of work.
With a long history of woodworking during his upbringing and a background in graphic design, McGee develops this unique practice of three-dimensional wall works drawing from his diverse relationship to material and design. He cuts, layers birch into tiered dimensions, then colors with acrylic paint and oil stains. McGee’s subject matter draws from a range of highly charged scenarios and narratives illuminated by the bold colors and the distinct physicality of his practice.”
Reception: August 5, 2023 | 5–8 pm
102 S Commerce St
Lockhart, 78644 Texas