In times of crisis such as these, it is not only an artist’s work but also their philosophies and perceptions that provide unique and thought-provoking perspectives. Four local painters, each with a style as unique as their voice, give us a glimpse into their work and inspiration during unprecedented times.
Nearly every young adult of the 1980s remembers that earth-shattering day in August of 1988 when MTV debuted the music video for Rick Astley’s hit single, “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Wide-eyed and open-mouthed audiences all over the world stared at the screen in disbelief—no way was this scrawny, red-headed kid in high-waisted, acid-washed jeans the source of that sultry, booming baritone.
If as Roman emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius mused in the 2nd century, “the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts,” then the soul of beloved Galveston artist Jack Morris a veritable rainbow.
The Heard Gallery recently
relocated to The Emporium at Eiband’s, 2204 Postoffice Street, in a section some
locals refer to as the “Art Corner.” Three corners of the intersection of 22nd Street and Postoffice
house three different art galleries, and the fourth is the home of a large
mural painted as a collaboration between local artists.
When Hurricane Ike struck Galveston Island in September 2008, it uprooted trees, homes, businesses and lives. When the winds died down, and the storm surge retreated back into the Gulf of Mexico, lives were forever changed.
For Galveston artist Rene' Wiley and her husband Ben Wiley, the Category 2 storm altered their lives in a way they hadn’t expected.