Last Thursday, the SEAD Gallery’s latest exhibit, “Abstract Expressionist Texas,” opened to a gallery filled with fading sunlight and friendly faces. The evening showcased and celebrated the works of John Krajicek and Thomas Cavaness, both painters local to Bryan/College Station.
The reception began just as the afternoon faded into evening. We had wine, cheese, and brownie bites, and plenty of local friends wandering the gallery! Both artists were able to attended, so guests had the chance to talk with them directly about their art or just get to know them.
“The opening was an opportunity for learning, not just about art and artists but also about history and the impact the arts have had on culture and visa versa – in this case during the post war era,” SEAD Gallery director Joan Quintana said. “I think one of the things I love most about having a gallery is just how much I learn with each new exhibit. This one is a great example of that. I hope people will come out and enjoy the same experience I did as they take in this vibrant show.”
Throughout the evening, on a table set at the far end of the gallery, 49 candles burned in honor of the victims of the Orlando shooting last week. By the end of the evening, the candles had “all become one,” as Thomas put it. The artists are also donating a portion of their sales from the exhibit to the families of the victims. You can access that fund here.
We had a great evening enjoying some amazing art and gathering with friends. Make sure to experience “Abstract Expressonist Texas” yourself, in the gallery through August 13.