Dallas artist Fred Villanueva will give a live painting demonstration at the upcoming 8 x 8 Art Exhibition and Auction at the Museum of Biblical Art on November 16 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Villanueva is the founder of Ash Studios, a monumental scale social practice art project in Dallas, recently ranked "Best Studio in Dallas" by DHome Magazine. Villanueva creates large-scale paintings, sculptures and time-based installations. His work combines images with abstract and figurative styles and can be found in galleries and collections all over the world.
Put on your boots and “country chic” and head to the Museum to bid on miniature works of fine art measuring 8" x 8" while supporting the Museum’s educational programs and exhibits.
Scott Peck, Museum Curator and Director said, "The 8 x 8 event, founded six years ago by Jeff Levine, ModernDallas, draws over 100 gallery-quality artist submissions from all over the world. Each year we expand our gallery representation-the quality just keeps getting better every year."
See a Video about 8 x 8 Here.
Guests will enjoy a Texas-casual theme with Big Al's smokehouse BBQ, live music by Lucky Pierres, and a "Wine Pull." The annual event raises funds for the Museum's educational programs throughout the year -- Summer Art Camp for Kids, Heroes of History Field Trips, and specialty workshops for youth and adults.
Maria Valentina Sheets, Conservator and Artist, and Rachel Wimpey, Artist and Owner of Willow Brush Studio, Tulsa, Oklahoma, are this year's co-chairs for the event. "The auction will include oil and acrylic paintings, art glass, metal sclplture, photography, graphite drawing and mixed media with most starting bids near $100. Larger works by Alvar Sunol, George Tobolowsky, Johannes Boekhoudt, Henriette Milan, Helen Zarin, Dr. Seuss, may start at $3,000-5,000," Sheets said.
Another highlight of the evening is the Celebrity Art Gallery, created by iconic comedian Ruth Buzzi and her actor/artist husband Kent Perkins. Paintings and mixed media works were submitted by Emmy-nominated actress and comedian Lily Tomlin, the legendary Carol Burnett, as well as country singing legend Kris Kristofferson.
Eight by eight was created six years ago by Jeff Levine who based it on the number 8 which is a symbol for the Hebrew word for life, which is Chai. "So, says Levine, "8 x 8 is a double portion of life or a doubly-blessed life. When I developed the idea of "8 x 8", said Levine, "I couldn't have picked a better, warmer place to have it when I walked into this museum. Thanks to all of you for helping us share its programs with deserving kids and art-loving adults."
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF BIBLICAL ART
The Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, Texas is unlike any museum in the world. It has a simple mission: to display art with a Biblical theme. It is the only museum in the country completely devoted to Biblical themes. Established in 1966 and re-named the Museum of Biblical Art in 2008, nothing like it exists in the United States--making it a treasure trove for art enthusiasts.
Diverse types of art are exhibited including bronze sculpture installations, drawings, fine prints, and oil paintings. Specialized galleries have been created for Biblical Archaeology, Jewish Art, Religious Architecture, Israeli Art, Women’s Art, African American Art and Hispanic Art.
The Museum is a cultural crossroads, utilizing art for tolerance and understanding reflected in the various archaeological exhibits and decorative art from Israel and the Holy Land.
The new National Center for Jewish Art is dedicated to Jewish and Israeli artists, artifacts and ceremonial art. Works by George Tobolowsky, Jacques Lipchitz, Menashe Kadishman, Tobi Kahn, Yigal Ozeri, and Goeffrey Laurence. In 2015, the Mosaic Institute was also co-founded by Scott Peck and Jamie Weisbrod—bring annual international mosaic exhibits and highlighting elements of Jewish culture.
The MBA's vision encompasses the classical arts with a call to beauty which emphasizes the Biblical figurative art illustrating the narratives of the Bible, and a call to the study of classical Greco-Roman art, archaeology and architecture.
Museum featured artists Include: John Singer Sargent, Marc Chagall, Ben Shahn, Michelangelo, Paolo Veronese, Francesco Guardi, Agam, Kathe Köllwitz, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Emil Nolde, James Tissot, Oskar Kokoschka, Bernard Buffet, Andy Warhol, George Tobolowsky, Everett Shinn, John Marin, and many more.
The MBA - Museum of Biblical Art 7500 Park Lane
Dallas, TX 75225
Across from the North Park
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 to 5:00 Late night Thursday until 9:00 PM