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Alliance Française de Houston presents «Entre deux tranches de baguette»--September 28 through December 9, 2017

French painter Agnès Bourély and g. watson photographer will collaborate on an exhibition at the Alliance de Francaise de Houston. The title of the exhibition is <<Entre deux tranches de baguette>> "Between Two Slices of the Baguette), reflecting the contrapuntal relationship of the works presented. Agnès' large-scale, colorful abstract paintings play against g. watson's black-and-white phhotographs of Paris to create a complex harmony of expression while each collection retains its own individuality.

The opening of the exhibition is September 28, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Alliance Française de Houston, 427 Lovett Boulevard, 77006, celebrating La Fete de la Rentrée. For more details, go to http://www.alliancehouston.org/events/


Images from the series of Paris photographs by g. watson photographer are now on sale at Jardin de France in Houston.

g. watson is pleased to announce that a selection of photographs and greeting cards is now available for purchase at Jardin de France http://jardindefrancetx.com, a boutique specializing in French antiques and plants for the home and patio.  Gary states, "My photographs are right at home among the many eclectic items assembled by proprietor Patrice Watine. This is a fascinating shop that is a hidden Houston gem," 

Jardin de France is located at 4819 Blossom Street (at Durham south of Washington Blvd.) in Houston, 77007.  Hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10AM - 5PM



Artists share personal experiences through visual expression in "Internal Dialog: External Communication" at Spring Street Studios exhibition--June 12 through September 10, 2017

g. watson photographer's two black-and-white photographs express the artist's interpretation of the disconnect between the internal and external experience and meaning of aging. These personal photographs are part of
a four-photograph series called "65." Each one is a multi-layered construction of figurative and symbolic
images that represent both the defiance and urgency of staying vital and creative while facing inevitable outcomes.
The show features "65: Youth Existing in Adverse Conditions" and "65: Synapse"








g. watson photographer is the Spring Street Studios Featured Artist for June 2017

An exhibition of g. watson's most recent work is on display throughout the month of June on the second floor of Spring Street Studios. The work includes the American Liberty Guiding the People," "No Way to Treat Mother," and two photographs from the new "65" series.







"The First 100 Days: Artist Respond" exhibition gives voice to concerns about current political environment--April 29, 2017

g. watson photographer is honored to have an installation of photographs in "The First 100 Days: Artists Respond," a juried. one-day show presented on Saturday, April 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Silos At Sawyer Yards (1502 Sawyer St, Houston, Tex. 77007) in the Washington Avenue Arts District.

“Artists throughout history have responded to the political environment,” said curator Matt Adams. “This art show will take its place in political history as the ‘art demonstration to remember.’ It had to happen – so we made it happen in Houston.” 
Adams says that the art show promises a realistic, abstract, and emotional point of view of the first 100 days of the Trump presidency and will include painting, photography, collage, digital works, and sculpture. The submission process requested that artists express their feelings via art about President Donald J. Trump. 

The centerpiece of g.watson's installation is "American Liberty Guiding the People," an allegorical image surrounded by six documentary photographs of Houston demonstrations against the Trump administration.


"Emerging Consciousness" exhibition features g. watson's images of the world's mistreatment of Mother Nature--March 11-April 30, 2017

A new exhibit at Spring Street Studios insists that artists have the responsibility and privilege of reflecting on issues in current times because they have the ability to shock, inspire, and incite action. In "Emerging Consciousness: A Growing Awareness of Our Environmental Impact," Spring Street artists honor Earth Day by creating works that emphasize the necessity of continued vigilance to protect the environment, no matter the recent efforts to abuse and exploit it. For this exhibit, g. watson created two photographs that portray how society's willful ignorance and carelessness are endangering and abusing the environment to the extent that "Mother Nature" will soon be forced to turn on us. "No Way to Treat Your Mother" and "Mom's Pissed Off" are part of this exhibit that encourages visitors to have a renewed sense of awarenss and responsibility for the earh we share, not only on Earth Day, but every day.

The Emerging Consciousness exhhibition is on display along the first-floor corridors of Spring Street Studios from March 11 to April 30, 2017.




"France: In the Eye of the Beholder" exhibition, including photographs by g. watson photographer, celebrates the Month of Francophonie in Houston--March 1-31, 2017

Does art have a nationality? Do artists have a "langue maternelle?" These are the questions that are at the heart
of a new French-themed exhibition, "France: In the Eye of the Beholder" <<La France: Dans l'œil du spectateur>>, currently presented at The Silos at Sawyer Yards.

g. watson photographer is pleased to have two photographs selected for this juried exhibition, which is included in the French Cultures Festival coordnated by the French Consulate. Twenty-four Sawyer Yards artists made
personal artistic statements about French culture as they have experienced it or believe it to be, looking beyond traditional French symbols and focusing instead on cultural experiences that emphasize the language of art. g. watson's "L'escalier fou" is one of two photographs taken in Paris and selected by jurors Tracy Xavia Karner of the University of Houston, and Hélène Schlumberger of McClain Gallery.

The opening reception is from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at The Silos at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer Street, Houston, Texas 77007. The exhibition will continue through March 31.



g. watson's thought-provoking visual essay, Dear Lieutenant Governor, "We're Just People," highlights issues facing transgender community--January 7 to February 18, 2017

g. watson photographer is pleased to announce his newest photographic exhibition titled, Dear Lieutenant Governor, "We're Just People," presented by The Tank Space at Spring Street Studios. The exhibit consists of a 19-image black-and-white photo essay, telling the story of a transgender woman in Houston. The photos are supported by her personal narrative in text. This candid series explores the emotional and practical challenges of being a transgender person in Texas.

The opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at The Tank Space at Spring Street Studios. 1824 Spring Streeet, Houston, Texas 77007. The exhibition will be on display from January 7 through February 18.

Click here for a Houston Press article (01/12/17) about Dear Lieutenant Governor, "We're Just People."




"At the Speed of Light," a new exhibition at Spring Street Studios, features
g. watson's color and black-and-white floral series

Recently, g. watson took a slight detour from his black-and-white photography and added color to a series of floral prints. It includes three large-format images, each one photographed in color and in his
customary black and white. The floral series explores the changing perception of the image content with the presence or absence of color. The series was selected for the new exhibition of artists at Spring Street Studios called "At the Speed of Light," curated by Armando Rodriguez. The exhibition encourages viewers to step inside the work to truly experience the artist's intent. The paintings, photographs, and sculptures displayed in the exhibition are arranged to encourage contemplation.



g. watson's "The Silos" photographic series is now a permanent exhibition at The Silos artists' community

It's a case of "The Silos" within The Silos. g. watson's photographic series, which documents the transformation of the massive Riviana Rice processing facility near downtown Houston has been
installed as a permanent exhibition in the galleries of its inspiration. The 21 black-and-white photographs are a portrait of the building, revealing the "spirit" of its past and seeing details that had been overlooked.

 




In his artist's statement, g. watson writes: There are spirits in old, abandoned buildings – spirits of former occupants, their jobs, and their lives. These spirits live in left-behind artifacts, such as markings on the walls, worn handrails and stair steps, light fixtures, signs, and in hundreds of details that define a sense of the purpose of the building and the workers who made it function. For many abandoned buildings, those spirits turn to dust in the rubble of demolition. But when derelict buildings are thoughtfully repurposed with vision and creativity, the spirits of the past enhance the spirits of the future, resulting in a powerful synergy.

The exhibit is shown in collaboration with three 360° videos of The Silos created by photographer Syd Moen to reflect the co-existence of old and new in the renovated artist community in the Washington Avenue Arts District. While the videos feature complex digital imaging,
g. watson's legacy photographic tecnique with vintage film cameras focus on durability, beauty, and continuing viability.




Holocaust Museum Houston features work by g. watson photographer in a thought-provoking, juried exhibition of Texas artists--September 30 to December 31, 2016

Two of g.watson;s photographs are included in "Genocide: Man's Inhumanity to Humankind," an exhibition at the Holocaust Museum Houston. There were 600 submissions by Texas artists for this contemporary art exhibition presented by noted juror Clint Willour and Gustav Kopriva. Exploring the suffering humans are capable of bestowing on one another, the 65 selected works in the exhibit teach against the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and apathy. The selected g. watson photographs are excerpted from his larger series, titled "Le monde n'a plus de sens" or "The World Makes No Sense Anymore." The exhibition at the Holocaust Museum Houston will close on December 31.







g. watson photographer's fling with color debuts at the 2016 Fall Biannual Art Opening--October 1, 2016

This fall, g. watson photographer is showing a new floral series and a new Paris series, both of which include color images. In his recent travels to Paris, Gary shot many photographs in color, using his
vintage Leicas. "The 1930's-era lenses render color images in soft pastels, creating an almost impressionistic style," he said. The series also includes black-and-white images as well. Print sizes range from large to miniature. The floral series includes three images, each photographed in black and white
and in color, and explores the changing perception of the image content with the presence or absence
of color.





One of the floral photographs, "Le lys en noir et blanc," was selected for the first-ever juried exhibition of artists working at Houston's Sawyer Yards Creative Campus. This is an event that is specifically aligned with the annual Houston Art Fair. The artworks were selected by juror Clint Willour and will hang in the Silver Street Studios corridors from September 28 through October 8.












AIA Houston's Gulf Coast Green conference includes art exhibition showcasing g. watson's "The Silos" series--April 28, 2016

Art and its relationship to the environment were the themes of an exhibition curated by AIA Houston at
its Gulf Coast Green conference at The MATCH. g. watson's "The Silos" series was selected for its documentation of the transformation of a deteriorating rice processing plant into a thriving arts commnity. Using traditional black-and-white photography, g. watson created a portrait of the massive building, revealing the "spirit" of its past and seeing details that had been overlooked. The series also highlighted
g. watson's legacy photographic tecnique with vintage cameras, which parallel renewal and rediscovery with a focus on durability, beauty, and continuing viability.




g. watson photographer participating in "What's Left?" exhibit at the French Consular Residence, Houston--March 5, 2016

Curated by Yvonamor Palix and Jane Seam, "What's Left?" is a collective exhibit of 12 international artists/photographers visualizing "an acclamation of the fierce battle humanity must wage against itself...to preserve some dignity and further the potentialities of life." Twelve selected g. watson photographs are included in "What's Left?" His photographs contemplate our loss of history and sense of humanity in an ever expanding throwaway
society.

Contributing to the Fotofest 2016 Biennial, the exhibit is open to the public from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on March 5, 2016,
at 1904 Kirby Drive, Houston. RSVP contact: Yvonamor Palix at yvonamor@gmail.com or ypalix@yvonamorpalixart.com. Also by telephone at 281-467-6065. Visits after that date are by appointment only.





Aker Imaging Gallery presents g. watson photographer's "The World Makes No Sense Anymore" Solo Show--February 13 to March 1, 2016

"The World Makes No Sense Anymore" (Le Monde n'a plus de sens) is a multifaceted photographic series of 39 images that explores the challenge of sustaining humanity and compassion in a time of extremism and violence. Following the horrific terrorist attacks of November 2015 in Paris, Gary was moved by the emotional wounds inflicted far beyond the actual scenes of that carnage. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of regugees were fleeing war and genocide in their homelands and were met with fear and suspicion and most recently, undisguised hatred. This show is about the reactions to acts of terror and intimidation and the conflict between security and compassion. The work spans events both in the United States and Paris in the months leading up to and immediately after the Paris attacks.

The artist reception for this new show is 6-8 pm on Saturday, February 13, at Aker Imaging Gallery, located at 4708 Lillian, Houston, Texas. The solo show will continue through March 1.




Assistance League of Houston includes artwork by g. watson photographer in its
2016 exhibit--January 13 to February 26, 2016

g. watson's "The Air Itself is Filled With Monsters" has been selected for the prestigious annual Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art exhibit. The juried art exhibit opens at the Williams Tower Gallery, 2800 Post Oak Boulevard, on Wednesday, January 13 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibtion includes a wide range of visual arts; and artwork is available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Assistance League. The show will be on display from January 13 to February 26.

"I'm honored to be included in this exhibition and very happy to be showing with such an amazing group of
outstanding arts," said Gary Watson (g. watson).

For more information about the Assistance League, go to assistanceleaguehou.org




Black-and-white photography adds a different dimension to COLORSHOW exhbition at Spring Street Studios--November 14, 2015 to January 31, 2016

In an exhibition that celebrates the influence and power of color on artistic expression, g. watson's black-and-white documentary photography in COLORSHOW suggests how the absence of color demands from us self- reflection--especially on controversial social issues. Four photographs by g. watson, documenting the display of human emotions at significant and sometimes disturbing moments in our society, were selected for this curated exhibition. The show is open daily starting November 14 on the first floor of Spring Street Studios.








g. watson photographer wins Honorable Mention in Photography at 2015 Art Hop statewide competion in Georgetown, Texas

The photograph "Liberté, Égalité, Sororité" (formerly "Love Smiles and the Flag Wins") garnered one
of the top five awards in the photography category at the 2015 Art Hop, sponsored by the Georgetwon Art Works. More than 900 statewide entries in multiple art disciplines were submitted for judging and exhibition, more than any previous year. Gary Watson attended the opening reception and awards ceremony on October 4. Special thanks go to the organizers and judges of Art Hop, which continues through October 31. Limited editions of the print are available in the
g. watson photographer studio.




g. watson photographer debuts his dramatic new work at the Biannual Art Opening at Spring Street Studios--October 3, 5-9 pm

g. watson's new series of figurative photographs makes its debut in his studio (#229) at the October 3 Biannual
Art Opening. This provocative series features his signature lighting style and bold black-and-white imagery. The studio will showcase a variety of photographic genres, ranging from documentary to figurative. In addition, selected photographs displayed outside his studio will be on sale at half-price, providing buyers with a great opportunity to purchase an original, framed g. watson photograph at a great price.

g. watson is also now accepting commissions for personal portrait sessions, using traditional black-and-white, large format film photography. Schedule your session today or send an email to gary@gwatson4x5.com for a consultation.






g. watson photographer exhibits documentary work at 2015 Art Hop in Georgetown, Texas--October 2 to 30, 2015

Two photographs by g.watson photographer have been selected for the 2015 Art Hop, a statewide arts competition that celebrates Texas arts. g. watson's provocative documentary images include "Teach Your Children Well?" featuring two young girls participating in a Westboro Baptist Church anti-gay demonstration and "Liberté, Égalité, Sororité" reflecting the joyous celebration of the Supreme Court ruling upholding gay marriage.

Art Hop is organized by Georgetown Art Works and is free to the public. The exhibition will be open from October 2
to October 30. For more information about Art Hop, please click here.







Site Houston showcases g. watson's traditional film photographs documenting the transformation of a rice processing plant into Houston's newest arts community--November 6, 2015 to January 30, 2016.

A combined exhibit featuring g. watson's black-and-white photographs and 360° video created by photographer
Syd Moen has been selected for the Site Houston installation inside The Silos on Sawyer. The photographs
document the former Riviana rice facility at the beginning of its transformation to the newest arts community in the Washington Avenue Arts District. In all, 26 Houston artists will be exhibiting at this unique venue.
For more information about Site Houston, please click here.

 





A Midsummer Night's Dreambar Art Opening--Come in from the heat and enjoy a
cool treat at Spring Street Studios--July 9, 2015, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

g. watson photographer and more than two dozen other Spring Street artists will open their studios for a special summer evening event on July 9, inviting the public to experience their world of dreams and visions. g. watson will show his latest provocative works, including "The Duality of the Virgin" in studio 229 on the second floor.

The first 150 visitors to the free building-wide event will receive a free orange-and-vanilla ice cream bar. It's a Spring Street Throwback Thursday nod to the joy of frozen treats from the ice cream man on a hot summer evening. But the real treat will be meeting a dynamic community of working visual and performing artists and purchasing incredible artworks directly from their creators.







In addition to these delights, visitors will be treated to complimentary light bites from Prego, Les Givral's and Beavers restaurants as well as live music by Leslie Krafka, the Houston Songwriters Association 2010 Songwriter of the Year, who will be performing her original songs. In Studio 101 on the first floor, there will also be music, dancing and free Saint Arnold's beer. So, come in from the heat for a fun and creative evening of cool art and mingling!

Also, on view on the first floor during the event will be a building-wide artist exhibition called "Dreams and Visions: The Artist's Perspective," organized by photographer Cheri Randolph and curated by recent University of Houston master of art graduate Chelsea Shannon. g. watson photographer's new work, "l'angoisse" and "pensif" were selected for this exhibition.








Mark your calendars for the 2015 Spring Biannual at Spring Street Studios that includes new works by g. watson photographer--April 18, 2015

g-watson photographer will be among 180 artists participating in the 2015 Spring Biannual Art Opening and Charity
12 x 12 Show on Saturday, April 18. The event involves three studio buildings (Spring, Winter, and Silver). Be sure to stop by Studio 229 where photographer Gary Watson will be showcasing large-format black-and-white film images
from a developing new series that features vintage technologies. For details about the event, read more....









The Spring Biannual also includes a 12 x 12 Charity Art Sale. Participating artists are creating and donating
12" x 12" works which will sell for $100 each. All proceeds from this sale benefit the Memorial Park Conservancy
in Houston. Gary's contribution is called "A Walk in the Trees," a silver-gelatin print from a large-format black-
and-white film negative.










Nine images by g. watson photographer included in new Spring Street Studios exhibit, "Skin in the Game" -- February 14 - April 18, 2015

A building-wide exhibition at Spring Street Studios features images from g. watson's figurative series. The exhibition is titled "Skin in the Game" to describe the absolute passion of artists to present their creative vision
to the world. It was curated by Angel Quesada, program manager within the Folklife + Traditional Arts Department at the Houston Arts Alliance. The exhibition showcases work by 26 Spring Street Studios artists.







g. watson photographer Uses Traditional Film Photography to Document Large-Scale Conversion of Houston Rice Processing Facility Into Vibrant
Arts Community

This year will see the opening of yet another exciting arts community in the Washington Avenue Arts District by Spring Street Studios developer Jon Deal. The Silos on Sawyer repurposes the enormous former Riviana Rice processing plant located just west of downtown Houston into a much-anticipated arts and retail space. Gary Watson has teamed up with fellow Spring Street Studios photographer Syd Moen
to document the development of The Silos for a permanent exhibition at this new arts facility. Gary and
Syd are posting their progress on their Silos Project blog.




A New Studio for g. watson photographer Now Includes a Darkroom for Film Developing and Printmaking -- February 2015

Gary moved to a new Spring Street studio last December to build his own darkroom for his black-and-white film developing and printmaking. He is now located in studio 229 and is happily creating his photographs in-house. The new darkroom allows him to work more efficiently with more control over the photographs he creates.

The g. watson gallery is in the front portion of studio 229.





Houston Press Art Attack Blog Profiles g. watson photographer and His New Figurative Work -- December 11, 2014

Photographer g. watson is garnering attention with three new figurative photographs.
Art Attack asked Gary Watson about his new work and included comments from the model about her collaboration with Watson in creating these dramatic and expressive images. Read more....






New Photographic Works Debut at Spring Street Studios' "A Holiday Night in Black and White"--December 11, 2014

A substantial number of g. watson's new fine art photographs will be be shown for the first time at the Spring Street Studios' "A Holiday Night in Black & White," with images ranging from documentary to figurative. Gary has been working nearly non-stop to produce his signature 35mm and 4 x 5 black-and-white photographs in time for this event. You're invited to stop by Studio 210 and shop for a unique holiday gift and ring in the holiday season. It will be a festive, building-wide open house hosted by the creative community of Spring Street Studios and will include refreshments, music, and a pajama drive to benefit the children served by Casa de Esperanza. Read more...




g. watson Photograph Selected for "The Christmas Closet" Cover Art

Author Richard P. Alvarez's coming-of-age story has just been published, and a photo by g. watson graces
the cover. "The Christmas Closet" is an adaptation of the award-winning screenplay by Alvarez. A romantic coming-of-age novella that utilizes magical realism to examine the nature of family, friendship, loss and first
love, "The Christmas Closet" is suitable for the entire family. Gary is thrilled that his photo was selected for
this new work. Read more and buy the book...






Random Views and Documentary Photography Debut — September 27, 2014

Don't miss the Fall Biannual Art Opening at Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX, from 6 to 10 pm. New photographic work by g. watson will be on display in Studio 210. This is
a building-wide event so please come by and visit with Gary and enjoy the work of all the artists at Spring Street Studios. Read more...






le Flâneur series at Alliance Française de Houston's 2014 La Féte de la Rentrée — September 18, 2014

The Alliance kicks off its 2014 fall session of classes and events with an exhibit of g.watson's
photographic series of Paris. Read more....









"Male #2" selected for THE ELEGANT NUDE exhibition at The Gallery at the Watershed in Eugene, Oregon — September 23 - November 1, 2014

"Male #2, a dramatic figurative study, was selected from works that were submitted from around the globe. Among the jurors was rock-and-roll icon Grace Slick. Read more....







"Duality of the American Theocrat" selected for art exhibit accompanying Stark Naked Theater's production of "The God Game" — September 4-20, 2014

Curated by Houston artist Dianne Webb, the art exhibit, MORAL AMBIGUITY: BEYOND BLACK AND WHITE, reflects the theme of THE GOD GAME, which examines the role of faith on the national political stage. g. watson's photograph depicts the unsettling, extreme possibilities of a modern American theocracy. Stark Naked Theater's highly relevant and thought-provoking production will open in
Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street. The art exhibit will run concurrently in the
gallery outside the theater. Read more...



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