Artisan Column by Jen Rubinowitz | 8/8/11

Every year, member shows at arts organizations in Port Aransas and Rockport choose merit winners and reward them with their own show later in the year.  This month, two merit exhibits are featured for your viewing enjoyment.  The Art Center for the Islands in Port Aransas opened last Friday. In their case, attendees to the member shows vote for their favorite artists and the top four are featured in this exhibit.  You'll see the the work of Yvonne Quarles, Lynn Dickey, Pat Dittberner and Narice Hopp there. 

For their annual member show, Rockport Center for the Arts invites a juror who reviews the work and chooses five Merit Show participants while the public votes on one as well.   Christa Brothers, owner, Bismarck Studios Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, San Antonio was the juror for the show this year. The opening reception for this show is this Saturday and features Ed Boyd, Mary Downing, Marie Gian, Jose Guardiola, Jamie Speck and Pam Stanley.
Make some time over the next few weeks to enjoy the varied talents and different styles of these artists.  I don't know if you'll think it's your "cup of tea" but I do know you'll enjoy visiting the galleries and I'm willing to bet you'll find something that touches your soul.  And, isn't that what it's all about, anyway? 
Artisan Events:
  • Saturday, August 13, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Opening Reception: "Standing Out: 2011 Merit Artists" Exhibit.  Rockport Center for the Arts. Admission: Free.
  • Daily through August 30 - "Moods" exhibit by Jackie Anderson & Gary Hansen. Rialto Theater. Admission: Free.
  • Daily through August 31 - "Merit Show Award Winners" Exhibit. Art Center for the Islands. Admission: Free.  
  • Fridays & Saturdays through September 4, 7:30 p.m. - "The Producers" Live on Stage.  Aurora Arts Theatre. Admission: $14.
  • Friday, September 2, 7:30 p.m. - "Sarah McQuaid in Concert" The Rialto Theater. Admission: $12.
  • Fridays & Saturdays, September 2 - 17, 7:30 p.m. - "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" Harbor Playhouse. Admission: $6-$16
  • Sundays, September 4 - 18, 2:00 p.m. - "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" Harbor Playhouse. Admission: $6-$16
  • Fridays & Saturdays, September 9 - 24, 7:30 p.m. - "Harvey." Rialto Theater. Admission: $12.
  • Sunday, September 25, 2:00 p.m. - "Harvey." The Rialto Theater. Admission: $12.

Jen Rubinowitz is a member of the Board of Directors of the Rialto Theater, an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization fostering art and education through visual art, music and live stage productions in the historic movie theater in downtown Aransas Pass. Her day job is in real estate at Coldwell Banker The Ron Brown Company. If you have someone you'd like to spotlight in this column, drop her a line at