Southwest Gallery Summer Art Festival, Aug. 17-18

“Creativity takes courage,” said Henri Matisse, a famous French artist born in 1869. You know what takes more courage? Being creative in front of an audience! Luckily, the artists at Southwest Gallery’s Annual Summer Art Festival from 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 17 and 18 are up for the challenge. These 15 talented men and women will be creating art right before your eyes (“oohs” and “ahhs” are appreciated!)

Artists at this fun event include: Clinton Broyles, Lynwood Bennett, Gene Brown, Robert Fobear, Manuel Garza, Ann Hardy, Dennis Johnson, George Kovach, Michael Mentler, Tony Saladino, Alexander Selytin, Roberto Ugalde, Paul Walden, Kay Walton and Mark Whitmarsh. They will be painting, drawing and creating masterpieces right in front of your eyes! It’s like watching Bob Ross’s, “The Joy of Painting” in real life – with art you can buy and take home afterward!

In addition, Kittrell Riffkind’s glass artist, Sue Gott, and jewelry artists, Inga Brogia and Martha Bowles, will also be onsite showing off their beautiful new works. You can browse the art, jewelry and glass displays while listen to the soulful tunes of GoGa. This Dallas-born, internationally acclaimed musician performs everything from opera to Top 40, making him entertaining for all.

Southwest Gallery is located at 4500 Sigma Road in Dallas and is open from 9-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For over 50 years, they have provided Dallas’s largest collection of fine 19th to 21st century paintings and sculptures. Southwest Gallery hosts hundreds of artists in many different styles, including: landscapes, traditional, impressionism, contemporary, antique, sculptures, still life, realism, pop art, surrealism and more. Also inside Southwest Gallery is Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass, which showcases amazing glass sculptures. Guests can also take their artwork to be fit for a custom frame here, to match your unique style.

If you are looking to add something to your collection, or you just want to spend an afternoon admiring artists at work, come to the Annual Summer Art Festival. You may leave inspired to pick up a paintbrush at home and create your own masterpiece!

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