HENDERSON COUNTY–The interior of the Cedar Creek Country Club clubhouse in Kemp will be transformed next week when three artists from the 211 Gallery in Athens hang an exhibition of their works entitled “Expressions” on the walls of the clubhouse.
This inaugural event is the brainstorm of Cedar Creek Country Club resident Judy Green, who proposed the club display original artwork for a fresh look. The artists will be available to meet the public at an opening reception scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13. “The Gallery” will remain on display from July 13-August 24.
Artist Toni Stanford is an Athens native. Toni’s journey in art commenced at the age of 13, when she inherited all the art supplies from a family artist friend, Zillah Elledge. Toni paints predominately in oil but also works in pastel, colored pencil, graphite and watercolor.
Her paintings have acquired many awards including Best of Show at Henderson County Art Show and the Mineola League of the Arts Show and her work has been accepted in the Breckenridge Juried Art Show.
Celene Terry’s retirement from a career in education provided her the opportunity to fulfill her lifelong desire to paint in watercolor. Her artwork reflects what intrigues her – vibrant color, the story behind the subject, people and animal life, light and shadow, point of view – in a representational style.
Her work has received numerous awards, including Best of Show in the 2016 and 2006 Henderson County Art Show, State Fair of Texas ribbons every year of entry including 6 blue ribbons, Best of Show in the 2010 Mineola League of the Arts show, paintings juried into the Southwestern Watercolor Society annual exhibitions, Richardson Civic Art Society Exhibitions, the Garden Gallery at the Dallas Arboretum, the Society of Watercolor Artists exhibitions in Ft. Worth, the Irving Art Association Wildlife show, and three separate exhibitions in Gallery Main Street in Tyler. She has earned Signature Status in both SWA and SWS.
Steve Willis recognized an aptitude and interest in art as a young child and is self-taught. He called himself a “Sunday artist” for over 40 years while working as a “sheet metal man” and air duct engineer/installer. Steve retired from his sheet metal business in 2017 and now enjoys the freedom of painting fulltime.
Steve has created a variety of works in sheet metal, clay, spray enamel, mixed media and acrylic paint. These days he mostly specializes in liquid acrylic pours as a foundation for portraits. He has work on exhibit at the Mona Lisa Portrait Gallery in Ben Wheeler, the Edom Art Emporium in Edom, and at 211 Gallery in Athens.
Additional work by all three artists is displayed in the 211 Gallery in Athens, which opened seven years ago. The 211 Gallery is a consortium of local and regional artists.