Take a closer look at some of the artwork on display in the WFMA’s current exhibition “LET ME SHOW YOU THIS!”.
“All Play and No Work” by Steve Gray
SUMMER! This is another favorite painting in the Wichita Falls Art Association’s 70th Anniversary exhibition at the WFMA. Late artist Steve Gray chose to make his living as an artist, which led him to be a courtroom illustrator, a portrait artist, and art teacher. It was Wichita Falls’ good fortune when McClurkan’s hired Grey in 1977 as a fashion illustrator. He quickly became a positive force in the city’s art scene, teaching classes, holding workshops and producing works that hang in numerous homes here and across the nation. Grey’s exuberant color and subject matter – larger-than-life flowers and children playing on the beach – best represent his dedicated life as an artist.
Image credit: Installation view, Let Me Show You This; Steve Gray, “All Play and No Work,” oil on canvas; on loan from JoAnn Gray.
“Pollo Loco” by Nancy Snow
COLOR! This painting is a favorite in the Wichita Falls Art Association’s “LET ME SHOW YOU THIS” exhibition on view at the WFMA. Late artist, Nancy Snow was a vibrant lady who loved color! This piece makes us smile because we can see Nancy walking through the Museum doors and brightening everything and everyone around her. ❤️
Image credit: Installation view, Let Me Show You This; Nancy Snow, “Pollo Loco,” 36 x 24 inches; Acrylic on canvas.
“Untitled” by Scottie Parsons
Today we’re remembering well-known local artist Scottie Parsons (1925-2011). Ms. Parsons expressed a contemporary “sense of place” in her abstract works of art. Her self-described approach grew from “the idea that the canvas represents a field, a space in which to explore by means of color, shape and line, some meaningful form that…celebrates the mysterious quality of our lives.”*
This highly regarded Texas artist had a personality just like her work, full of an energy that invites you to explore and experience simple shape, line, and color. Community Engagement Manager Mary Helen Maskill recounts her memory of Ms. Parsons.
“I often had the pleasure of being invited to step out of the Museum and over to Scottie’s studio in Century Plaza. The time I spent there was a true education! She spoke of Helen Frankenthaler and Richard Diebenkorn, the artists she had studied with, and of her paintings. I even watched her paint one of the horses that dot the Wichita Falls area. These are now very fond memories of an educational experience and person that I miss. It all happened just outside my door, meaning I did not need to run to a metro area or the internet to experience artistic inspiration!”
Enjoy Scottie Parson’s artwork with this new insight and seek what inspires you within the “mysterious quality” of your life.
Pictured here: “Untitled,” on loan to the WFMA from the collection of Christie Finnell for the exhibition “Let Me Show You This!”
*Scottie Parsons, “Biography,” William Campbell Contemporary Art.
“White Lily” by Elisabeth Alford
Today we celebrate the accomplished local artist Elisabeth Alford (1916-2004). Her works are on view in our current exhibition, “Let Me show You This,” commemorating 70 years of the Wichita Falls Art Association.
Elisabeth Alford grew up in Wichita Falls with two artistically talented siblings. After graduating from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, she returned home and taught art in the WFISD and in community programs at the WFMA.
Alford’s media included fiber and painting. As a student of art, she often went to great lengths to understand the visual process. In the exhibition you can see her model of the uniform color scale, made her husband, John Alford and loaned to the exhibition by the Kemp Center for the Arts. The detail and time to make such a color model inspires us. The model aided the artist’s color choices, resulting in the vibrant effect you see in this painting, on view at the WFMA.
Alford’s unique talent earned her art a place in competitive exhibitions, once selected by the nationally-known painter, Richard Diebenkorn, for the 1967 Texas Painting and Sculpture show in Austin. Alford’s story is a testament to education, hard work, curiosity, and believing in yourself!
Elisabeth Alford, “White Lily,” n.d. Acrylic on canvas. On loan from the collection of Jim and Melissa Hogan.