Panel Discussion Margins Beyond | Self Taught

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Kirk Hopper Fine Art says
Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce Street) is pleased to host a panel discussion for the Margins Beyond | Self Taught exhibit. The discussion will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 11th.
Panelists will discuss pivotal works featured in the exhibit and also give introspective details about the artists themselves and the impact they’ve had on other artists and the art world at large. Panelist will include: Jay Wehnert (Houston) from Intuitive Eye, Bruce/Julie Webb of the Webb Gallery (Waxahachie), artist Bill Haveron and longtime art dealer Murray Smither (Dallas).

Panelist Biographies

Julie & Bruce of Webb Gallery in downtown Waxahachie have been collecting, researching, and dealing in Southern Self Taught artwork since 1987. The Webbs have spent a lifetime visiting artists, curating exhibits, and lecturing about Folk & Outsider Art, the artists, and art environments across the U.S. At Webb Gallery, housed in their historic building in downtown Waxahachie, the Webbs exhibit a diverse range of folk and outsider art, contemporary art, vintage carnival banners, and fraternal artwork with rotating exhibits within their historic building. In 2015 University of Texas Press published, As Above So Below – Art of the American Fraternal Society written by Bruce Lee Webb and Lynne Adele.

Jay Wehnert established Intuitive Eye in 2011 to expand on his interests and activities in the world of art. Along with his wife, Victoria, he has collected Outsider, Self Taught, Visionary, Folk and Contemporary Art for over 25 years. Through Intuitive Eye he has developed collaborative relationships with artists, galleries, institutions and collectors to present the best of the art that fascinates him.

For decades, Bill Haveron has been influenced by his experiences as a youth at his mother's honky-tonk bar and spooky agrarian upbringing in Bryan, Texas. The darkly enchanting narratives of his works describe a vision as generous as it is wounded. Bill currently lives and works in Bryan, Texas.

Murray Smither is a long time art dealer and collector of self taught artists. Smither was responsible for bringing artist, Frank Jones to prominence after viewing his work in the 1964 inmate art exhibition in Huntsville. After the urging from Murray, Jones would later be represented by Atelier Chapman Kelly gallery.
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By: Kirk Hopper Fine Art

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