RCA | Reflections (Texas, Virginia, and Colorado), Kitty Welsh-Dudics | Gallery Talk Sept 8, 4:30pm, Reception with the artists 5-6:30pm



Inspired by color, luminosity, and pattern, Kitty Dudics is a lifelong painter of figures, fabrics, and coastal landscapes. In the landscapes, she captures the atmosphere of the environment through the ebullient application of paint and rendering of naturally occurring patterns. Similarly, her figurative work reveals the subject’s soul through their pose and facial expression.

Dudics says, “Being surrounded by nature is a spiritual experience for me. I respond to the landscape, from bodies of water to the spacious skies, to varieties of plant life in my environment. I feel emotional reactions to color relationships in nature & enjoy expressing its range & luminosity.”

Dudics moved to Corpus Christi in 1981, where she taught art at Del Mar College for 34 years. Since her retirement, she spends time painting in her studio, which she has named Girasol, Spanish for Sunflower. In 2017, she was chosen by Texas Monthly Magazine as one of their “Top Ten Artists in Texas to Collect.” Her work can be found in the collections of the Art Museum of South Texas, the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. And, starting September 8, her new work can be seen in a solo exhibition at the Rockport Center for the Arts.

Exhibitions Curator, Elena Rodriguez states, “I cannot begin to describe how Dudics’ paintings glow with life. The ripples of light reflecting off her seascapes, the figures that could almost be breathing – the vivacity of her work is something you must see in person.”

Dudics’ show- Reflections: Texas Virginia Colorado - opens with a Gallery Talk on Saturday, September 8, at 4:30 PM. A reception with the artists will follow from 5 to 6:30 PM. The exhibition will be on display until October 13. As always, all exhibitions at receptions at the Rockport Center for the Arts are free and open to the public.


Rockport Center for the Arts, currently in its 49th year of operation, was located in the blue Victorian house at Rockport Harbor near Rockport Beach. On August 25, 2017 the facility suffered catastrophic damage due to Hurricane Harvey’s direct impact on Rockport. A building demolition was completed on May 22, 2018. A world-class sculpture garden featuring works by Kent Ullberg, James Surls and the late Jesús Moroles have accentuated the Art Center since 2000, making it one of the most prestigious showcases for fine art in South Texas. Some of the sculptures sustained damages, yet none were lost, and conservation is underway to protect Rockport’s art legacy. Patrons can still visit the Sculpture Garden which is in the process of being beautified for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. Inspiring exhibitions, an annual Artist-in-Residence program and traveling exhibits are part of the repertoire the community and its visitors have come to expect. The many activities of the Art Center draw fifty-thousand visitors per year. This spring, the Rockport Studio Tour allowed visitors to see some of the most unique artist studios in Rockport’s storied art colony, learn about medium, technique and acquire unique pieces of art. In the summer, the Rockport Art Festival is the place to be July 4th weekend. More than 10,000 people attend each year to enjoy music, food and artwork from 120 of the best artists from around the country. Early in November, the Rockport Film Festival entertains audiences with the best independent cinema. Workshops, classes and mentoring from established local artists are part of a well-crafted art education program. For decades children have enjoyed free, high caliber art instruction year-round through ArtSpace and Free Family Saturdays. Since hurricane Harvey none of the programs or events at the Art Center were canceled. Three months after Hurricane Harvey, the staff and board of directors re-established operations in a building located in downtown Rockport at 106 S. Austin St. All programs are fully operational and a full calendar of exhibits is in place. Open Monday through Saturday from 10-4pm. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information please visit www.RockportArtCenter.com or call 361-729-5519.

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