Rockport Center for the Arts | "A Solo Exhibition by Barb Robinson–2017 Rockport Art Festival Poster Artist"

A Solo Exhibition by Barb Robinson – 2017 Rockport Art Festival Poster Artist

Saturday, June 17 – Saturday, July 29, 2017


Gallery Talk, Reception & Poster Signing sponsored by Gulf Pointe Plaza, Saturday, June 17, 2017 @ 4:30 p.m. start, reception with the artist continues until 7 p.m.


Rockport artist, Barb Robinson has been selected as the 48th Annual Rockport Art Festival Poster Artist which will take place July 1 and 2, 2017.  In conjunction with the extremely prestigious honor of creating the official image of the long-standing event, Robinson will have a solo exhibit at Rockport Center for the Arts featuring more almost 40 original, new works.  Free and open to the public, the exhibition will take place Saturday, June 17th and run through Saturday, July 29th.  Free and open to the public, a gallery talk, reception and poster signing will take place on Saturday, June 17th starting at 4:30 p.m.  A reception with the artist will continue until 7 p.m.  The reception is sponsored by Gulf Pointe Plaza.

Robinson uses acrylic on panel to create animated, impressionistic images of exquisite Texas coastal landscapes.  Her work is well known to art collectors in Rockport.  She is represented by Estelle Stair Gallery located in downtown Rockport on Austin Street.  Although born in Iowa, Robinson has spent most of her life in Texas.  One of her earliest recollections is playing with horned toads in Mesquite, Texas. At the age of 18, she married and moved to Houston. She returned to Iowa for a few years which gave her the opportunity to attend the University of Iowa where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with a specialization in art.  After graduation, her family moved back to Texas initially settling in Austin where she lived for 15 years. Throughout her life, Robinson drew and painted, improving her artistic skills through mentorships from artists like Ross Carnes, an Austin watercolorist. During her time in the State's capital, she appreciated the work of Michael Atkinson. After a stint in Cuero, she made the Coastal Bend her permanent home in 1999.

When asked about her work, Robinson stated: “I like representational work, sometimes on the edge of abstraction. Some people call it contemporary impressionism.  My process is step-by-step work, work that you cannot rush, which describes a lot about life in general. I usually start with reference photos I have taken of the area, people, birds, the ocean etc. I use a tinted birch panel as a surface, it works well with acrylic paint.  The tint rather sets the tone of the painting. Sometimes the tint is neutral and that makes colors pop, sometimes I reverse the layers. The approach is rather direct, extremely direct if I paint en plein air, starting with a rough composition.  Most artists sketch on paper, but this has never worked for me.  I adjust and make changes as I paint.  Sometimes the painting begins to tell a story of its own, which I investigate further, of course.  I then break down the composition into bits and pieces, but not so much as to become tedious, putting it back together with light and color in a harmonious fashion. I usually use flat and bright brushes which give a bolder stroke with heavy body acrylics. Charles Movalli said, "It can’t look like you’ve worked hard and long, even if you have. A painting should be done quickly, with both your intellect and your nerves. When they give out, stop.”

The 48th Annual Rockport Art Festival will take place on July 1st and 2nd, 2017.  More than 120 juried artists from Texas and around the country will showcase their work including painting, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, metal sculptures, furniture, and more.  The official image of Robinson’s poster will be revealed the night of the exhibit opening, June 17.  It will be used as the official image for the 48th Annual Rockport Art Festival and be available for sale throughout the event.  The original framed work of art will be auctioned live at the Art Auction Party, held just prior to the Art Festival on June 30th.  Posters will be available for sale at the Festival Store and at the Art Center.  The Rockport Art Festival Poster Artist is a 25 year tradition.  Renowned watercolorist Harold Phenix was chosen as the first poster artist in 1993.

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 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.  Admission is always free.  For more information call (361)729-5519 or visit rockportartcenter.com.  

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