Local artist and former Rusk teacher Arthur Sekula has been invited to showcase his work next month in the “New Texas Talent exhibition” at the Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas.
The exhibition — whose contestants are selected from hundreds of submissions — is designed to bolster the efforts of emerging artists. It is actually possible that some winning artists might find representation in reputable galleries.
In his own — very well-blogged — words, Sekula said he finds his role of artist very rewarding.
“I find it interesting to create something that basically starts out as 'mud' yet can be formed into a work of art,” the San Antonio native said in a recent blog.
The Dallas art event itself has received major media exposure from D Magazine, the Dallas Morning News, the Observer and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, according to accounts.
As part of his Dallas presentation, Sekula has said he selected his watercolor works “Exit Suit” and also “Gifts” to use in the show.
Anyone wishing to can view Sekula’s work at his Jacksonville gallery on 421 S. Main St. or, more easily, access it online at www.arthursekula.com.
The San Antonio native, who is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University taught in public schools for about 17 years before dedicating himself to painting full time.
“I know have my own gallery to display my work,” Sekula said in his online biography. “I also participate in various exhibits and group shows around the country.”
Sekula taught art for about 15 years, seven of them in Rusk, before evolving into a full-time artist. As someone who has solid identities as both artist and educator, Sekula said he feels he is now ready for the level of competition in these events.
“I take pride in winning awards — from purchase awards to best of show awards — in state, national and international shows and exhibits,” the artist said in the recent blog.