Rockport Center for the Arts | Renowned Watercolorist, Kay Barnebey’s Solo Exhibit...


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The Coastal Bend’s own Kay Barnebey will exhibit new works during the month of April. A public reception for her solo show, An Environmental Attitude will be Saturday, April 9 at 5:00 PM and is sponsored by Gulf Pointe Plaza (Rockport, TX). The exhibit runs through May 7.

A 5th generation Texan, Barnebey obtained a Master of Science from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and a Bachelor of Arts from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. During her career she has been an educator in public and private schools. Barnebey taught math & science in the Rockport-Fulton School District and has been an active artist and instructor for the Rockport Center for the Arts for decades.

Barnebey says of herself “(I am) a teacher who paints and (I) enjoy sharing that knowledge and experience with others.” She has taught various art courses for students of all ages at Rockport Center for the Arts including a popular watercolor series for adults and summer programming for youth. Barnebey also teaches watercolor painting at the Art Center for the Islands in Port Aransas and has conducted many workshops throughout the State of Texas.

A conservationist, Barnebey is a supporter of South Padre Island National Seashore’s goal of re-establishing the nesting grounds of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle- one of the world’s most endangered species. With a worldwide female nesting population estimated at 1,000, its survival hangs in the balance. Their perilous situation is attributed to the over-harvesting of eggs. Though their nesting grounds are protected and many commercial fishing fleets now use turtle excluder devices in nets, the population has not been able to rebound. Barnebey’s love of the Ridley Sea Turtle and other endangered species of the Texas Coast is evident in her work.

Barnebey is known for her acutely painted transparent watercolors and she has exhibited in hundreds of shows and galleries throughout Texas. She is a two-time Poster Artist for Aransas Pass Shrimporee. In 2000, she was selected as the Rockport Art Festival Poster Artist. In 2007, she was invited to design an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree. That piece remains in the White House’s permanent art collection. The majority of her work is held in private collections. In 2008 she was selected by Ducks Unlimited Texas as poster artist.


Members of Plein Air Rockport (an Art Center initiative) will exhibit new works created on location in Aransas County during the month of April. A public reception will be Saturday, April 9 at 5:00 PM and the exhibit will run through May 7.

Plein Air painting is the act of painting outdoors on location. The term is derived from the French equivalent of En plein air meaning “open air” and was a popular practice of the impressionists. The method has been growing in popularity in the United States and is well suited for the rich landscapes and plentiful light of the Coastal Bend.

Postcards from Aransas County will celebrate the Plein Air Painting tradition, local artists, and the iconic scenery of Aransas County. The exhibit will be juried by Rockport’s very own- 1994 Rockport Art Festival Poster Artist, Steve Russell. Russell’s own works are known for their expressive and timeless coastal scenes. His work is widely collected and sought after.

About Rockport Center for the Arts

Rockport Center for the Arts, a vibrant multi-disciplinary non-profit arts organization of 47 years with over 700 active members, is located on Aransas Bay in Rockport, Texas. It is dedicated to providing an environment that nurtures expression and appreciation of art for residents and visitors. The City of Rockport, famous for its vast colony of more than 800 artists, has been identified as “The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America” by John Villani and “Top 10 Artist Colonies” by Allen Bunting in Coastal Living Magazine.

Rockport Center for the Arts is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information visit or call (361)729-5519

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