Waco painter Kermit Oliver is hardly unknown.

His deeply allegorical work was included in the inaugural exhibition of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016. There was a retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2005. And curator Dave Hickey selected him for SITE Santa Fe’s fourth International Biennial in 2001.

Despite this storied history, Oliver has remained peripheral to the Texas art world and is best known as the postal worker who became the first American to design a scarf for the French fashion house Hermès.

Born into a family of ranch workers in Refugio, Texas, in 1943, Oliver would go on to study at Texas Southern University in Houston. Having decided against a career in teaching, and although exhibiting with Houston galleries, he took a job with the U.S. Postal Service. In 1984, he and his family moved to Waco. He

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Art Works Gallery artist Michelle Jewett has entered her work in this years Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Her piece, “Pristine Wilderness” is an acrylic/mixed media painting. “It is a product of my imagination, although it could easily have been inspired by the jagged awe inspiring peaks of the Eastern Sierra.“

She created the mountain range using pieces of magazines with intriguing colors and textures then used acrylic paint to blend the shapes into a cohesive image. The light and dark pieces suggest sun lit and shadowed mountain faces. A restful sky and richly colored foreground complete the painting.

“To me this work reflects a beautiful, peaceful and untouched wilderness,” said Jewett. A short video about her piece can be viewed on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytUl7en1wPM

This year Eileen Blodgett submitted an original mixed media painting entitled “Renascence” for The Wild & Scenic Film Festival Art Exhibit. “I was inspired by my

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There’s no shortage of powerful shows opening this week: a show and conference on community-based design at CVA Denver, photography by newly trained military vets at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, a group show of modern Haitian art at Leon, the historical photography of Ernest Withers at the Dairy Center, and a vast cross-section from the Denver Art Museum’s Vicki and Kent Logan Collection, to name a few.

Here’s where to forage this weekend’s big and little selections:

click to enlarge Lydia Riegle and Tim McKay share a corner for D'art and Friends. - LYDIA RIEGLE AND TIM MCKAY

Lydia Riegle and Tim McKay share a corner for D’art and Friends.

Lydia Riegle and Tim McKay

D’art and Friends
Tabitha Benedict, Becoming Bewitched, in Gallery East
Through Sunday, February 6
D’art Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
Artist Talks, Lydia Riegle and Tim McKay: Saturday, January 15, 1 p.m.
Artist Talk and Poetry Reading, Lisa Calzavara and Tom Calzavara: Sunday, January 16, 1 p.m.

D’art and Friends, the

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Wildling Museum of Art and Nature hosts photography workshop with Nic Stover

By Caleb Wiseblood

Central Coast-based photographer Nic Stover (whose photo, Van Gogh Blue, is pictured) will lead a photography workshop at the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature in Solvang on Sunday, Jan. 30, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The class is described as being designed for photographers of all skill levels seeking to improve their editing skills.


“In this session, class participants will see how the most impactful and compelling images are those that have the proper balance of technique, vision, and processing,” Stover said in a press release. “All of these

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