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South of Dallas, off of I35, there is a world of wonder in Waxahachie. Owners Julie and Bruce Webb have managed their Webb Gallery for 33 years. The art-dealing couple has packed their downtown gallery with a remarkable collection of objets d’art – with pieces that focus on design, contemporary, folk and outsider art.
Currently, on their website, you can see the online exhibition Sight-Sounds. It is a small, rotating exhibition featuring the kind of unusual works you typically find in their gallery. An unexpected feature of the show is it is accompanied by a curated playlist via Spotify. So you can watch the images while enjoying listening to music the Webbs think parallels the spirit of the exhibition.
“We’ve always implemented music with the experience of visiting the gallery. We love music and that’s what we’ve been about. And so it made sense to do a small, online exhibit with music because that’s how we presented here,” says Julie Webb.
Sight-Sounds isn’t the only online project the Webbs have going on right now. Julie says, during quarantine, people realized how visual arts provide us and our homes with comfort. People placed a higher value on the artwork they had in their homes. Patrons were reaching out to the Webbs and wanted to support the gallery and the artists within the gallery. So they launched Joy Under $100. It’s a small section that lives on their website where people can find hidden treasures, bargains and incredible pieces. It’s a fun and easy way to bring new art into people’s homes and support the gallery and its artists at the same time.
Coming Up Next
Webb Gallery just opened “Thoughtful Collection: The Collection of Murray Smither.” For years, Murray Smither ran his own art gallery on Oak Lawn. He introduced Texans not only to the cutting edge of contemporary art but at the same time introduced the work of self-taught Texas artists.
“He was very important in Texas folk art for many years, and so we’re starting to find new homes for his collection as a rotating exhibition,” says Julie.
“Thoughtful Collection: Murray Smith Collection” can be viewed both online and in the gallery by appointment on weekends in June and July. Webb Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m. The series of works will rotate through the end of 2020.
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