BankTexas Teams with ART
BankTexas has teamed with the ART Region of Texas to spotlight local artists at their Winnsboro Store. The creative works of sculptors Bonnie Sir Kegian, Georgia Lange Moore and Alder L Moore are now displayed at BankTexas for the upcoming months.
Al and Georgia Moore work from their Bent Pine Studios in Winnsboro, producing pieces of sculpture that never fail to connect with the viewer.
Working primarily in stone, organic forms seem to emerge from the sea, or other water related sources, as Al Moore’s creative hands moved about the limestone for production of his “Dordogne Head”. This carved Austin Limestone piece depicts the fossilized skull of a Dragon rising from the waters of the Dordogne River in France. A single tooth of marble is inset into the limestone body. A surprising abstract and lyrical quality emerges from this artist and adds to the viewing pleasure, especially when knowing the artist’s engineering and software background. This “balance” was maintained earlier in his career by working in the “lost wax” process creating custom jewelry. Al’s focus, now, remains on sculpture.
Georgia Lange Moore is well known for the strength and emotional depth depicted in her clay works. Her “Circle of Friends” depicts three children of varied races holding hands and “connecting their worlds” with one another. The children, in this stained stoneware piece, project a realism that immediately captures the viewer, bringing forth similar experiences of “connecting with life”. Georgia taught art in Dallas, and, also, taught Sculpture and Clay Processes at Northeast Texas Community College. Georgia’s stained stoneware pieces include many “Heads”, which are intimate “sketches” in clay. She, also, has created a specialty form known as her “Spirit Vessels”.
Bonnie Sir Kegian’s “White Lotus” draws the viewer into a glowing realm of beauty. Her process of direct carving on this alabaster piece seeks to follow the path of simplicity to reveal the “true beauty”. The silhouette she works to produce seeks to find that perfect portrayal of what should be removed and what should remain as she, the artist, puts her “signature” into the alabaster. Bonnie’s influences come from nature, mythology, Greek classicism, poetry, and ancient traditions. She, also, works in black & white photography, hand coloring some of her pieces. Earlier in life, Bonnie worked as an educator and a photojournalist. Working from her studio at Hunter’s Moon Farm, her “stories” now emerge in marble, limestone and alabaster.
All three sculptors belong to the Texas Sculpture Association, Art Professionals of Texas and the ART Region of Texas. The ART Region of Texas is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art and artists of northeast Texas. To explore the many facets of the organization, go to www.artregionoftexas.com.
Sandy Page, President of the ART Region worked with BankTexas to arrange this sculpture exhibition.
BankTexas has set out to be more than a just a bank, but a partner in the community. Since opening its doors there in 2011, BankTexas has embraced the Arts Community in Winnsboro by sponsoring the stage at Crossroads Music Co. and by displaying artwork from the ART Region of Texas. With its store designed to be like a community living room where people can sip a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy free WiFi, BankTexas is pleased to offer their lobby as a space where visitors can now view the work of talented local artists. The sculptures currently displayed are a great addition to the Bank lobby, arranged in a sitting area that is perfect for viewing the pieces.
“BankTexas in Winnsboro is excited to have the opportunity to work with the ART Region of Texas. Our customers have already commented how beautiful the art is and that it enhances the décor of the Bank,” says Carolyn Burns, Winnsboro Store Manager. “We would like everyone in the community to come by and see what pieces are on display and the talent of our local artists.” The public is welcome to view the sculptures during the Bank’s lobby hours which are 9:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.
BankTexas is a community bank focused on “helping you live well” through world-class service, convenience, and community support. It is unique among financial institutions in that it is owned by local shareholders. It was founded in East Texas in the 1890′s and operates location in Holly Lake Ranch, Kilgore, Lindale, Longview, Mineola, Quitman, Tyler, and online at www.BankTexas.org.
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