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Exhibits Celebrate Animals, Local Artists
By Charlotte Kovalchuk, Hello Georgetown Contributor
Explore the thriving art scene in your own backyard with three exhibits on the walls of a newly opened gallery, the library and the Art Center.
Estrada Garcia Gallery
After seeing a need to promote local artists, Judith Estrada Garcia opened the Estrada Garcia Gallery at 206 W 10th St., selling fine artwork, unique jewelry and sculptures. Artists represented in the gallery include Judith herself, Jan Frazier, Greg Gotham, Melton R. Guthrie, Pam Jernigan, Susie Kelly Flatau, Violet Nicklen, Wes Odell and Lucian Richards.
Having retired from the Marine Corps after 25 years of service, Judith called her art a result of her transition from warrior to artist. “I experienced a lot of things that impacted my life to the point that I needed something to help me get through the negative parts of being in a war zone,” she said.
After moving to Georgetown in 2018, she decided to open a gallery that would shine a light on local artwork. “I started this gallery because I saw a need,” Judith said. “The need to promote artists that have a story to tell. I love art and I love stories. To me art is local and local art tells our story.”
She will host a gallery opening at 6 p.m. Saturday, August 1. Learn more at https://estradagarciagallery.org/.
Rachel Hurst: The Color of Animals
Step into an animal world on the second floor of the Georgetown Public Library at 402 W 8th St. featuring Rachel Hurst: The Color of Animals.
Most of her work highlights a unique combination of animals and abstract backgrounds. “I like the contrast of the two styles and I think it brings a dynamic to a painting that a traditional background doesn’t,” Rachel said.
Animals are on parade at the Georgetown Public Library during the Rachel Hurst: The Color of Animals Exhibit.
Her art journey began in third grade when she won her first art contest, although it wasn’t until her early 30s that she found her way back to her creative passion when she started working as a muralist. After hanging up her brushes for a couple of years, Rachel recently discovered a love of fine art and began incorporating two of her favorite things – animals and colors.
Ten percent of her art sale proceeds will go to Safe in Austin, a nonprofit organization that rescues animals from severe abuse or neglect.
Rachel’s exhibit will be on display at the library until September 27. For more information about her work, visit RachelHurstFineArt.com.
Four artists. Four different styles and subjects. One common material.
The Georgetown Art Center’s Ingrained exhibit features artwork by Thomas Cook, Alicia Philley, Caroline Walker and Linda Wandt, all who have created visual stories through wood. From questioning how people communicate and connect, to interpreting nature and exploring humanity’s impact on it, these paintings and sculptures may at first appear disconnected. Visually they also vary, with colorful abstractions, brooding landscapes, hyper-realistic insects, stark geometric paintings and undulating wood sculptures. But look closer and you’ll find that these artists are bound together by integrating the tree’s lifelines and story with their own.
The Ingrained exhibit will continue through August 23. The Art Center is currently open only on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 816 S Main St. Learn more at https://www.georgetownartcentertx.org/calendar/exhibit-ingrained/