JGallery: A Wild Affair

JGallery: A Wild Affair

"Wisdom In His Eyes" by Sherry Steele

By Barbara Waisman

JGallery is currently filled with wildlife, thanks to the exhibit, Eyes on Safari.

Viewers of all ages are finding the realism, artistic and emotional qualities of the animals drawn by artist Sherry Steele amazing. Boldly forgoing her previous careers and without formal art training, Steele devoted herself to her lifelong desire to depict animals in the wild.

At the JGallery exhibit's reception July 24, she explained that she sketches in the field during her many safaris to Tanzania with her husband, Chuck. Back in her studio in Austin, she mixes her own shades of permanent ink and builds layers of rich color, unlike the traditional approach of washing watercolor over black ink outlines. Steele took the audience through a brief slide show that showed an animal come alive through her process, step by step. Steele’s passion clearly came through as she explained how she loves capturing the emotions wild animals share with humans and why she chooses to only draw an animal she has looked in the eye.

World traveler Sally Sheppard and her husband Humboldt Mandell agree that two safari trips to Tanzania in 2014-2015 are their favorite trips they have ever taken. Their photos give viewers a snapshot of the exciting wonders travelers can enjoy on a photo safari. The couple proves that possessing a great sense of adventure is more important than possessing fancy equipment; it takes people with a discerning eye to make a good photo.

These spirited artists made everyone want to catch the next plane to Tanzania. The whole family will enjoy Eyes on Safari, which will remain in the JGallery until Aug. 26.

JGallery Upcoming Events

JGallery’s Bits and Pieces: A Celebration of Judaica will run from Sept. 9 through Oct. 21. Featured will be Jewish-themed linoleum mosaics by Marvin Beleck, stone mosaics by Ginette Jordan and Heather Kruger, and Zen Tangles by Martha Kull. A free reception will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18, and will include artists' remarks and live Klezmer music.

A lecture on Modern Jewish Artists by Blanton Museum docent and UT OLLI lecturer, Marion Werner, ties in with the Jewish High Holiday theme. The date and location of Marion's lecture will be announced soon.

To end the year, JGallery will exhibit Abstract Visions from Nov. 4 through Jan. 6, featuring contemporary work of Patti Troth Black, Ashley Ahmad and Jane Fier. ■

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