Entitled “Nature, Our Greatest Teacher & the Blue Pearl,” the exhibition will be open to the public through July 19. An opening reception will be held April 28 from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Although originally from New York, Jayne Duryea has been a resident of South Texas since 1981 and has served as division chair of fine arts and kinesiology at Coastal Bend College in Beeville since 1988, where she is also director of the Simon Michael Gallery.
Duryea attributes a deeper enrichment of her work — both painting and glass work — to a six-month sabbatical in France, and an opportunity to study glassblowing at the Murano glass factories in Italy. “Light and color, along with a return to nature, are the key elements of my artwork,” the artist said.
Duryea is a member of the Texas Fine Arts Association, Glass Art Society, American Association of University Women and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and has been nominated as “Texas Artist of the Year” two years in a row (2008-2009 and 2009-2010). Her work is featured in public and private collections locally and nationally, including the Rockwell Foundation, Houston; the National Museum of Women, Washington, D.C.; and the Corning Museum of Glass, N.Y.
For more information, call the Beeville Art Museum at 35-8615 or visit the website at www.BAMTexas.org.