Dennis O'Bryant, featured artist at this year's Spring Arts Festival, sculpts a clay bust Saturday morning to the delight of onlookers. O'Bryant's display featured several "raku" clay pieces, which means the artist used an ancient process to fire the works of art. O'Bryant's work is currently on exhibit at Easley's Fine Art on Main Street. The show will continue throughout the month of May.
Marshall News Messenger Ingenious talents Local artists strive to gain attention of Marshallites By Sandra Cason, News Messenger Saturday, May 17, 2008
Despite its small town size, Marshall offers big time opportunities for artists and those who admire their works, says Lou Violette. Dennis O'Bryant agrees in part. He recently was a featured artist at the Cultural Crossroads Spring Arts Festival in Minden, LA., and the not-for-profit arts agency purchased his steel sculpture entitled, Let Go. A graphic artist by trade, O'Bryant has produced paintings, clay and steel pieces. "We have an excellent art community," O'Bryant said of local talent. "And I think our neighboring cities are a tad bit envious that we have facilities like the Marshall Visual Art Center and the Michelson Museum next door to each other in the downtown corridor. Susan Spears does a good job at the Michelson and Brooks Little has done an equally good job at the center. "I'm glad I have my home base here. I think it's going to be up to the tourism promotion group to suggest ways to bring in more out of town patrons. Of course, we would want outside recognition. We want people to come here because we need their support." Given the community's economic composition, O'Bryant said it is to be expected that there is not a "high focus" on art, but he added: "We do pretty good. Sure, it could be better, but it could be worse too." O'Bryant's steel sculptures may be seen in the yard of his home and studio at 707 E. Burleson St. and photographs of his artistic endeavors may be viewed on his Web site, http://www.denoart.com/.
Marshall News Messenger Caddo Lake Art on Display
By Terri Hahn, News Messenger
Monday, February 22, 2010
With water-loving cypress trees bearing long sleeves of sleepy Spanish moss, sleek white egrets and startling sunsets, Caddo Lake's obvious charms call out to the souls of artists both near and far. The Marshall Visual Art Center, 208 E. Burleson St., is hosting a show featuring Caddo Lake images in paint, mixed media and pottery through April 16 by artists enchanted with the lakes mysteries and its simple but unique nature.
"The artists are from the region, and we are holding it in part to bring focus to the beauty of Caddo Lake and the sensitivity of the ecosystems and environment there," said Brooks Little, director. Included in the local artist lineup are Kay Clement, Doug Heard, Christian Seidler, JoAnne Imhof, Robert Harris, Sally Martin, Christine Chandler and Dennis O'Bryant.
Ms. Martin's watercolor and mixed media pieces depict a magical Caddo Lake with happy water lilies. "It's my ocean," she said. "Wherever I have lived, whatever body of water I live near is my ocean. The cypress knees and moss that hangs down depicts mystery." Ms. Chandler feels she is in good company at the MVAC show for the beloved lake. She has pieces inspired by rain on the lake, its different moods and perspectives. "You wouldn't think there would be so many looks, but everybody sees it differently. Everyone has a different take on it," said Ms. Chandler. "I think everything in this exhibit is fantastic and so different."
A reception will not be held in conjunction with this collection.
For more information on show or Marshall Visual Art Center activities, call 903-938-9860.
Margaritas, sangria and Tex Mex goodies accent the opening party at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts on Sat, July 10, 7 - 9 pm, says Dennis O'Bryant.
O'Bryant, a former Shreveporter who has been based in Marshall, Tx, for some years, says nine artists from the East Texas area are part of the exhibit at the Longview Museum.
"The LMFA is one of the best Contemporary Art Museums this side of Dallas and I am pretty excited to be showing with a couple of my best artist friends from Marshall, Erin Lambers & Curtis Graff," says the sculptor-painter-photographer.
Marshall News Messenger Local artists part of 'Spiritual Undertones’ exhibit in Longview Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - Claudia Lowery, Contributing Writer
Art may be visual, a feast for the eyes, but often there is a deeper story on display.
The Longview Museum of Fine Arts opened its newest exhibition, "Spiritual Undertones - The Angels Among Us," on July 10. The exhibit features nine East Texas artists and their work.
Marshall was well-represented by Dennis O'Bryant's metal sculpture, Erin Lambers' clay squiggle pots and Curtis Graff's mixed media.
"Most artists would probably agree they have to reach within themselves to draw out their innermost feelings and desires that shape their work; therefore, each person's individuality appears and influences the outcome of his or her art," stated a press release from the museum.
Ms. Lambers is a full-time potter and clay teacher. Her work is displayed in galleries and stores in more than 26 states. Each piece has a part of her in it and so she calls her work "Pottery that Speaks." Her work may be viewed at www.erinspottery.com.
O'Bryant is not only a sculptor of metal but creates in clay and paint as well. His subjects include Caddo Lake, the female form and architecture. He has work displayed in private collections and has been featured in local and Shreveport exhibitions. His work may be seen at www.denoart.com.
Graff is probably best known locally for homes created by his construction company. However, when not building homes, Graff is an artist at heart, creating mixed media art involving collage and high-gloss finishes. His complex designs integrate geometric shapes, graphic pop-art style and photographic elements.
The remaining six artists also included in the exhibition are Larry Kitchens and Coy Lothrop of Kilgore, Thora Poneleit Doucette and Kristen Henton of Longview, Michael Bishop of Gladewater and Bart Souttendijk of Quitman. Their work represents a variety of techniques and styles.
The "Spiritual Undertones" exhibition will be on display through Aug. 28 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 215 E. Tyler Street.