Award-winning interior designer and artist Jamie Labar is the owner of LuminArté Fine Art Gallery. The gallery represents more than 40 internationally acclaimed mid-career artists in all genres, including sculptors Robin Antar and Esther Wertheimer, and painters H.M. Saffer II, Keiko Gonzalez and Judith Seay.
Judith Seay was born in Dallas and received her fine arts degree from Southern Methodist University. Seay studied under Jerry Bywaters, one of The Dallas Nine, Deforest Judd and Stephen Wilder, among others influential in the mid-century Texas contemporary art scene. She has created her own style in which influences from the Dallas Regionalists are evident. She has brought that artistic fervor into the 21st century with adventurous paths in her paintings.
Keiko Gonzalez, born in Texas and raised in the United States and Bolivia, received an advanced degree and Ralph Bunche Fellowship from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of Art. His intuitive practice has been honed for over 25 years. Although Gonzalez’s primary medium is paint, he is also at ease sculpting, drawing and producing multimedia installations.
LuminArté Fine Art Gallery
RUSSELL TETHER FINE ART
Russell Tether Fine Art is a full-service consulting, management and brokerage firm specializing in collections of fine art. The firm provides comprehensive services to wealth management and estate advisers, individual and family collections, legal and accounting firms, and municipalities and institutions.
With fine art comprising an increasing percentage of asset portfolios, the development of market strategies is crucial. Russell Tether offers extensive research, including market trends and historical performance data, and personal attention to its clients’ positions, all of which is integrated to provide a comprehensive program that meets the objectives of each estate or collection.
The gallery showcases an extensive collection of available works from its clients, including historical, modern and contemporary. These collections can also be viewed online at russell tether.com; selected works are represented on 1stDibs and Artnet.
Russell Tether Fine Art
Southwest Gallery offers an extensive collection of original oil paintings, sculptures and bronzes of all styles from contemporary to traditional. Coupling respected and established artists with high-quality work of amazing diversity, the Gallery is able to present a unique art vision to suit every need. This year, continuing to build on 49 years in the art business and looking toward the future, Southwest Gallery welcomes two respected galleries to the family: Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass of Dallas, offering a wondrous selection of fine glass, and The Artist’s Show Place in Richardson, helping to continue the diverse offering of product and services.
The spring schedule highlights the Outdoor Painters Society annual show in April with an additional featured European Antique Painting show opening mid-month, all while the Grand Opening for its sister gallery, Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass, continues. In May, Southwest Gallery is honored to be hosting the 25th anniversary Oil Painters of America annual show. Never disappointing, the Gallery’s constant desire is to provide an outstanding art experience to all.
After living all over the world, New Zealand-based artist Scott Dawson settled in Dallas and created CINQ Gallery. The gallery supports sophisticated talent with a focus on giving emerging and mid-career artists a platform to showcase and develop their individual talents. CINQ’s style and sensibility offers a unique blend of artistic disciplines and design, creating an enjoyable experience for both the artist and viewer.
CINQ’s philosophy is to celebrate the diverse nature of producing and experiencing art. The gallery features the work of a multitude of artists, ranging from local to international talent. Artists John Peralta and Adriana Cobo-Frenkel explore sculpture through natural and manmade materials, while artists Shayema Rahim, Robert Oltarzewski and Jennifer Wagner explore multiple layers of built-up artwork. Abstract photographer Rodolfo Choperena creates dazzling prints on metal, and painters Steven Tye Culbert and Oscar Mejia live in a world of vivid oil paintings. Having degrees in photography and design, Dawson brings his own painting, drawing and printmaking talent into the gallery.
BEE STREET STUDIO
Bee Street Studio is a warehouse- style gallery offering full-service art consultation. It is owned and operated by motherdaughter team Ann Catherine Easterling and Delaney Campbell. Both from Dallas, they are a valuable resource in connecting interior designers and individual clients with a tailored selection of high-quality and original art offerings that are perfect for both commercial and residential spaces. Different from other galleries, Bee Street Studio uses every inch of wall space to showcase the works of their fine artists. Easterling and Campbell strive to offer a comfortable and approachable venue for artists as well as for clients where they can browse and admire the art. With a portfolio that includes over 60 artists, both established and emerging, from all over the country, the variety of styles, mediums and price points allow clients to find the perfect art for their space.
Bee Street Studio
Critically acclaimed artist Floyd Gordon has a clientele of faithful collectors from coast to coast. He creates vivid, dazzling watercolors and potent acrylics from his studio gallery.
“I’ve always been fascinated by colors,” he says. “The first time I really remember applying my fascination was when I started school and the teacher gave us crayons and a coloring book. I was so fascinated by the colors and the pictures that I colored every page. I didn’t have another coloring book, so I drew pictures to color and took my book to the teacher,” he recalls.
Gordon says in order to paint a picture, he has to first see it in his mind. “I keep adding colors and details until it looks good to me. If it’s not right to me, it won’t be right to anyone else,” he says. “I have never done galleries, and I rarely do commissioned paintings—I paint pictures that I like, and if I do them right, other people will like them, too.”
VICKI P. MAGUIRE
Vicki Maguire’s contemporary oil paintings reflect her love affair with the vast outdoors and appreciation of the light of the moment. Her inspiration is found in the tranquil moments of all the locations in which she has lived. Living on three coasts, Maguire has found it is the color and drama of the sea that is special and speaks to her heart.
After 17 years of dedicated study and working with the best in the field of impressionistic art, Maguire has joyfully expanded to an intuitive style of painting that incorporates nonrepresentational work using large scrapers, cold wax and a faith in the design when approaching the canvas. She also teaches “modern” expressionism in oil, using palette knives and brushes. “My students love this class,” she says.
Her paintings hang in homes and businesses as far away as colonial Granada, Nicaragua.
With a Bachelor of Arts in advertising/layout and a minor in photography, Maguire continues to hone her craft full time with joy. “Stay fresh and keep it fun!” she says. She is juried OPA, WPSE and AWA.
Vicki P. Maguire
South Carolina native Madison Latimer has spent much of her career depicting her feathered friends in oils and acrylics, but her work took on new meaning following a tragedy that claimed the lives of three relatives in 1994. “As my family and I healed from that loss, I began to understand and experience a deeper connection with the energy that provides life for all of us,” Latimer explains. “I felt directed to express this feeling through my art.”
Latimer paints the birds and other animals around her grandmother’s farm, which is now her home. Her work helps her tell stories of creation, disappointment and survival that are common threads in our collective human experience.
“I paint my guineas with expressions that are happy, joyful or even startled,” says Latimer, “because we all recognize those emotions and respond to them. Especially when we laugh, we’re acknowledging the energy of life that is in all of us.”
Although her paintings are often classified as folk art, Latimer feels she shares a greater connection with outsider art, which is defined as work produced by self-taught artists who are not part of the artistic establishment.
PHIL CRAWSHAY GALLERY
Phil Crawshay specializes in exquisitely detailed, large format fine art photography, often referred to as “HD for photography.”
The work represents the decades of Crawshay’s dedicated involvement and experience within the photography and digital media field. Every piece is handcrafted and produced at the gallery by Crawshay.
By utilizing many different processes, he is able to produce images of stunning clarity at very large sizes.
“Image sharpness across the whole image is extremely important to me,” he says. “Rather than just produce an arty composition, I try to capture the entire scene so it can be transported back to one’s own living environment in the most realistic and detailed way possible.”
Phil Crawshay Gallery
Sheryl Stalnaker spent her childhood in Corpus Christi, Texas. She finds joy in depicting saltwater life and the beauty of her surroundings in her paintings.
Stalnaker often begins a painting on location and studies her subject from life, rather than just working from photographs. She builds up layers of paint using a brush and palette knife, both adding paint and scraping it away. Stalnaker also specializes in commissioned pet portraits.
“I want to transport the viewers away from their hectic lives into the scene of the paintings, where they can hear the breeze blow or smell the ocean. For my pet portraits, I love to capture the unique personality and expression of each animal,” she explains.
A native of California, John Michiels moved to Charleston, South Carolina, for what he thought would be a period of months to make photographs of the beautiful, historic city. Twenty-six years and thousands of photographs later, he’s still finding plenty of inspiration. His body of work also includes images of the California coastline and wine country. Michiel’s warm monochrome images feature portraits of character-rich structures and quiet landscapes. All are carefully composed with an eye developed by more than 30 years of study, experience and devotion to the craft. Archival pigment prints are available in limited editions of 45 or less.
GAYE SANDERS FISHER
The architecture, the colors, the people and the rice fields of the Lowcountry surround Gaye Sanders Fisher with overwhelming inspiration. The book, Daily the Gallery Cat, was written and illustrated by Fisher and is the true story of a beautiful male tabby cat inherited by her art gallery and the surrounding French Quarter.
The gallery, in Charleston, South Carolina, regularly participates in the French Quarter Art Walks and is open to the public six days a week.
Published in 2003, the 30- page illustrated book remains a charming way to remember Daily, a special old friend.
Gaye Sanders Fisher Fine Arts Gallery
Unique, interesting, cheerful and unusual are all words that Lu Bentley’s clients have used to describe her work. She calls her light- and dark-filled creations “magical shadow paintings.” And, indeed, shadows are a consistent theme in her work, whether she’s painting the intricate shadow of palm fronds on a building or the shadow of a rocking chair upon a front porch, or the delicate texture of florals.
“I love to show shadows and reflections, which are an extension of the physical,” Bentley says. “We are usually unaware of the influences we have on the people and the world around us. As a visual experience, I hope to remind people of the importance of our ever-expanding personal energy.”
Vicki Robinson has painted full time for the past 15 years, but her first career was in interior design. “Because of my design background, I already had a love of color,” she says, “so painting was a natural fit for me and gave me that creative edge I needed.” Considered an impressionist painter, many of Robinson’s canvases reflect her love for contemporary styles as well as antiques, which are often depicted through more tightly constructed still lifes.
Painting has given Robinson’s life a new dimension. “The goal has always been to make someone happy with my work,” she says. “However, it doesn’t have to be for one person. I paint from the heart so that all can enjoy my endeavors.”
JOHN CARROLL DOYLE
This iconic gallery has been operating for over 30 years and continues to celebrate the Lowcountry of Charleston, South Carolina. Gallery director Angela Stump has continued the late John Carroll Doyle’s legacy at his namesake gallery and is excited to offer his original oils, sketches and photography, as well museum-quality giclées, in subjects as diverse as blue hydrangeas and blues musicians. The gallery also offers the vibrant oils and mixed media monotypes of artist Margaret Petterson, as well as the intuitive oils of colorist artist Danielle Cather Cohen.
Peterson calls herself an intuitive painter, who uses sudden spurts of energy when she paints.
John Carroll Doyle Art Gallery
Clark’s artistic abilities have developed from a number of sources, including studies with the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. More recent studies have explored palette knife painting with James Pratt, an artist from New Zealand, and figure drawing with Karen Vecchioni.
Clark’s work is a combination of impressionism with a touch of realism. She does not follow any defined approach. It is derived from a confluence of varied sources of inspiration. She connects with the subject and brings out the beauty of its meaning.
“For me, translating the world around me on paper or canvas has been one of the most satisfying ways of expressing myself,” Clark says.
Kathy Crowther’s paintings are detailed studies of nature painted in gouache and outlined in ink. She is known for her unique style of rendering flora and fauna in their natural habitat.
“My paintings range from formal bird portraits of egrets, herons and peacocks to whimsical renderings of parrots, sea turtles and ocean creatures,” she says. “Many times, I spill over the mat, which adds another dimension to the painting and, like nature, a sense of continual growth.”
Over the years, Crowther has had solo exhibits and has participated in juried shows throughout the country. She’s won her fair share of awards, but the best reward is hearing people say that her paintings make them happy!
After designing backdrops for children’s plays and programs, Mississippi artist Rose Sitton fell in love with the world of art and decided to pursue painting. Sitton quickly found her niche in street scenes, still lifes and florals before exploring abstract painting, which has been her focus for the past several years. “Once I turned the corner, I never wanted to go back,” she says. “I enjoyed the looseness of painting abstracts and letting the brush take control—being able to enjoy the creativity of that was so rewarding for me.”
A constant observer of blending techniques, Sitton uses brushes, palette knives and sometimes her hands—whatever it takes—to bring together elements of shape, texture, line and color for results that are pleasing to the eye.
Carla Johannesmeyer’s background in architecture and design combined with her love of the arts and a keen eye for composition, light and color has led her to immerse herself in oil painting.
She began painting for the pure joy of artistic expression and it shows in her work where she combines a sense of geometric rhythm with lyrical freedom.
Johannesmeyer’s paintings are reminiscent of postimpressionists but border on expressionism. She prefers a large brush and paints with visible, confident brushstrokes, layering lush color to evoke light, shadow and reflections in her landscape, architectural, still life and figurative subjects.
Dianne MunKittrick has been a nature lover since childhood. Her early career was spent outdoors in the natural resources field.
MunKittrick returned to college and received a degree in graphic design. “It was then that I realized I could combine both my passions. I now use my love of nature and wildlife as an inspiration and muse for my artwork.
“My earlier works were more concerned with getting the feathers or fur right,” she remembers. “My current works are reflections of the effect the subject has on me. I’m not trying to capture the accurate details of a scene or animal; I’m trying to describe the essence or soul of the subject.”