Browse art at Armand Bayou Nature Center
Armand Bayou Nature Center will showcase the works of local nature artists on its Second Saturday event on June 12.
Doug Hiser, Kelly Halbach, Bejat McCracken and Jim Phillips will display their art from 10 a.m. to noon, and there will be art activities for the kids.
Hiser will speak at 11 a.m. on wildlife art, from pencil to paint. A door prize of one of his paintings will be given away.
A little bit about each artist:
Doug Hiser is a prolific wildlife artist, producing over 100 new pieces of art each year. He hopes to paint and draw as many of the species of animals on the planet as he can in his lifetime. Already the author of 18 books, he is currently working on a book from A to Z of unusual animal close-ups portraits. Visit his website, www.Art-Escape.com, to see galleries showcasing his work.
Kelly Halbach, a Nassau Bay resident, was raised on a West Texas farm so it's no surprise her first charcoal at age eight was of a great black horse.
Today her paintings reflect the richness of varied cultures and locales from her extensive travels. Now living in Clear Lake, she is inspired by the shorebirds and scenery on the Texas coast.
She enjoys painting in oils, but feels watercolors best capture the softness created by the hazy sunlight of the shores. Her website is www.kellyhalbachart.com.
James D. Phillips was taught to draw as a child by his mother, but it was only four years ago when he taught himself to sculpt. He has become well-known for turning the remains of trees lost in Ike into works of art.
He enjoys coastal marine life subjects, but finds beauty in all subjects that are free of straight lines and flat planes. Follow Phillips at work in an article by the Houston Chronicle.
Bejat McCracken is a local muralist, photographer and nature artist. From the small Ohio farm where she grew up to the wilds of Ecuador and Peru where she often travels, she finds inspiration in nature and strives to help people see the diversity and beauty in the smallest of miracles of life.
Some of her work may be seen at the Bradford Gallery in Kemah. Visit her website at www.bejat.com.
Admission to Second Saturday events is free to members, $3 for non-member adults and $1 for children 4-12 and seniors 60 and older. For more information, phone 281-474-2551.
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