At 4:15 p.m., there will be a dedication of a historical marker for the gallery, and from 5-7 p.m. will be a reception for the Rockport 9 opening.
The Rockport 9 is a group of artists drawn together for their love of painting “plein aire” and in their studios focusing on areas where they have recently traveled. This show is a reflection of their last two years, during which they have traveled to Big Bend, Fort Davis, Palmetto State Park, Goliad, South Padre, Port Isabel and, most recently, Castroville and the Hill Country.
Members of the group are Lisa Baer, Angalee DeForest, Anita Diebel, Susan Forrest, Mary Frazier, Caro Jackson, Carol Koutnik, Betty Shamel and Ann Reimer, all Rockport residents. Their work is done in pastel, watercolor, oils, acrylics and collage, and all the work is begun on the road.
According to Caro Jackson, “Our goal is to travel somewhere in the fall and spring of each year and to produce a body of work worthy of a show. Rockport has a wealth of places close at hand that fall into our “mission,” and we plan to take full advantage of every inch of our neck of the woods as well as venture out into other regions of Texas. We will journey to East Texas and the Caddo Lake area in the fall.”
The show will continue through May 30, and the gallery will be open from Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Rockport 9 will donate 15 percent of their sales to the further restoration of Estelle Stair Gallery.