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In Denton, Artists Enclave Creates Virtual Seaside Gallery

by Gila Espinoza 23 Nov 2020 6:00 AM

Artists Enclave of Denton County  (AEDC) has been a resource for the creative community in Denton County for five years now. They have hosted about 50 events since the organization first formed in 2015 – workshops, art exhibitions, theatrical presentations, dance performances, etc. But with COVID still hanging around some of their go-to venues remain closed.

Electric Eclectic. Oct. 30-Nov. 30. Virtual. Details.

Ta-Da! Enter into Artists Enclave’s first virtual art show – “Electric Eclectic”.

Susan Carol Davis is AEDC president. She took her idea about a virtual art exhibition to Enclave member Sam Troutte of Troutte Marketing Company. Troutte came up with the design and created a sleek seaside “museum” along with a walk through a room-to-room maze to showcase AEDC members’ work.

Photograph of yellow daffodils with colored lights hitting them against a black background.

Christiane Schmidt, “Painted Daffodils.” Schmidt photographed the yellow daffodils and painted them with light, without digitally enhancing the image.

AEDC members are a diverse group of visual and performing artists,  both amateur and professional,  working in a variety of mediums. The show features works in watercolor, charcoal, photography, stained glass, jewelry, and more.

A brightly colored painting of a man playing a guitar.

Susan K. Boyles, Guitar #5. Boyles is an award-winning artist, who works primarily in fluid acrylics, has several works in Electric Eclectic.

AEDC is not charging artists any of their normal fees for participating in a show like “Electric Eclectic.” All sales of work go directly to the artists.

Paintinf of three buffalo grazing on grass.

Member Leon Davis has two works in the show. Susan Davis said his experimental approach blows her away. This painting is called “Tres Hombres.”

When AEDC put out the call for artwork one art teacher jumped on it. Several of his students from Harpool Middle School in Lantana submitted works with a Halloween theme.

Student drawing of women wearing a haunted house on her head.

“The Haunted House charcoal and pencil illustrations are just wonderful. And on the side, there’s a description . . . and to hear these young people talk about why they created these haunted houses like they did is marvelous,” said Davis. Parker Stelmazewski, “The Haunted Lady,” pencils, sharpie and graphite.

In addition to the great visual artwork, what makes “Electric Eclectic” different from other virtual art exhibitions are the interactive components throughout the site said, Davis.

“‘Electric Eclectic’ brings you directly into the gallery. In our Denton Select Corner, viewers can see music videos, art demonstrations, hear interviews and storytellers, and even hear a poet read from her works.”

Psychedelic image of man wearing glasses and singing.

The music video “Thermometer Jesus” can be seen in the Denton Select Corner of Electric Eclectic. Matthew Schipper is the filmmaker, musician, and composer behind the psychedelic film.

Electric Eclectic virtual gallery is open 24/7 on Artists Enclave of Denton County’s website.  Follow AEDC on Facebook.

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