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Arts & Visitor Center Gallery

Gallery Hours

Exhibits are held in the Gallery of The Arts & Visitor Center; also known as The 4180 Gallery (downstairs) & The Bradfield Gallery of Fine Art (upstairs).

Admission is free and open to the public during Visitor Center hours:
Tuesday-Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 1pm-4pm

Exploring Light & Color Watercolors by Monika Pate

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January 30 - April 11

Monika's Artist Statement:

I have been working in transparent watercolor for over 25 years, and it has certainly been my favorite medium. Watercolor can be used in many different ways and approaches and offer very exciting results. Personally I'm interested in a realistic and detailed approach where I can explore various textures, colors, and my favorite - light. My goal is to capture light in every painting. Light makes the colors look more vibrant, the textures more pronounced, and the shapes more three-dimensional. Even ordinary objects that we sometimes ignore can look extremely interesting and exciting when influenced by a strong light source.

I love the transparency and luminosity of watercolor. My technique involves applying multiple layers of paint in order to gradually develop colors and values. The transparent nature of this medium allows the light to capture the brilliant colors of each layer as it is reflected from the paper’s white surface. Most of the time I don't use white or black paint. Instead, I save the white and light areas and layer various colors to create deep, luminous darks. Frequently I use special techniques to create textures and I also rely on my brush and my ability to analyze and interpret the essence of a subject.

About the Gallery

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The Arts Council is proud to host exhibits throughout the year in the Gallery. Located at the Arts and Visitor Center on 4180 Highway 6 South in College Station, the Gallery allows the public to view great works of art throughout the year free of charge. Over the years, The Arts Council has showcased works of art by Brazos Valley artists as well as Picasso, Ansel Adams, Salvador Dali, Rembrandt, Renoir and Grandma Moses. The next time you want to view great art close to home, be sure to stop by!

Previous Exhibits in 2019

The Art of Jill and Bob Pankey - Nov 20 - Jan 23

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Come and spend some time surrounded by the beautiful art of Jill and Bob Pankey. Stroll through our two tiered gallery and browse the bold and whimsical use of colors, forms and techniques. Jill describes her work in this way. " My paintings are exploring the notion of a celebration or ritual event honoring the female form. The paintings in this work honor and celebrate a varied array of the female form through color, pattern and movement." Bob is passionate about animals and wildlife. " I enjoy painting wildlife because my observation of animals challenges me to explore their essence through color. In my current oil paintings, I’ve found that everything becomes a passionate response to the canvas. I use a unique approach in my oil paintings and use bright expressive color and exaggerated brush strokes."

Ground Zero 360 - September 7 - November 11, 2019

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September 11, 2001, New York City was shaken to its core when two jet airliners
crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. In the wake of the chaos,
New York based Irish photographer Nicola McClean responded in the only
way she knew how; she picked up her camera and took to the streets
to try and capture the confusion and panic that surrounded her.

Nicola McClean has created an exhibition called Ground Zero 360,
to honor the victims and their families of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center,
and to never forget the sacrifice of so many innocent people on that terrible day.
In 2011, Nicola exhibited her stunning collection of images to the public for the first time.

The spectator is able to discover, through Nicola’s images, the startling aftermath
of one of the most tragic events in American history – seeing what she saw,
hearing the stories she heard and meeting the people she met,
particularly the heroic men and women of the New York City Emergency Services.

Through harrowing visuals, heartbreaking “missing posters” and a unique panoramic installation,
Ground Zero 360 invites you to step into the past and feel what eight million
New Yorkers were feeling in the days that followed the attacks.

Visitors are able to hear the city’s previously unreleased
emergency radio calls from that morning, and touch a fragment of
twisted steel I-beam and broken granite from the World Trade Center.

Personal artifacts lent by families of police officers and firefighters who
lost their lives at the World Trade Center, crosses cut from World Trade Center
steel by ironworkers, and a flag that flew over Ground Zero are also
part of the exhibit. Recent additions to the collection include a “Survivor Tree”
cast in bronze and steel from the World Trade Center and the Freedom Tower
and symbolic “towers” engraved with the names of all 2,996 victims killed on September 11th.
This exhibition has the support of the National 9-11 Memorial and Museum,
and has the support of The 9-11 Families (

Against The Grain

Exhibition Date:
June 6 - July 27

This exhibit will showcase the works of the Brazos Valley Turners, Spider Johnson, and Cindy Goldman.

These works feature woodwork, stonework, marquetry and sculpting.

Intuitive Impressions: The Sixth Sense

Exhibition Date:
March 19th - May 28th

This exhibit showcased the abstract and landscape works of David Sites.

These works featured both digital and traditional mediums.

Cowboys and Pretty Women
Exhibition Date:
January 12th - March 8th

This exhibit showcases the works of T. W. Vanya's Cowboys and Pretty Women.

His main medium is oil painting.

Artist Statement:

I started coloring when I was probably five years of age and took it very seriously from the point at which I opened my first box of Crayola Crayons. I still remember the smell. Do you remember the thrill of that smell of fresh wax when you opened the box? You knew you hit the big time when you got the 64 color set with the sharpener built into the back of the box. I still, at the age of 65, have several of my old coloring books. If you thumb through them, the margins are filled with the 'rest of the story'. The first time I visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston was in first grade. The first art competition I won was the Valentine Coloring Contest in Mrs. Morgan's classroom that same year. The first portrait I attempted was that of Julius Caesar in third or fourth grade for Mrs. Devereaux. My first illustration was for our 6th grade yearbook in Mrs. Miller's class - one of the most poorly drawn falcons ever rendered in India ink.

I've never stopped. I'm still consumed with coloring; cowboys and pretty ladies are the subjects that please me the most and I hope please you. Please enjoy the works.

Ars longa, vita brevis.
- Hippocrates

T.W. Pops Vanya
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