Valley House Gallery is pleased to present our seventh solo exhibition of paintings by Mary Vernon. Vernon recently retired as Professor of Art at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she began her 50-year teaching career in 1967, now giving all of her time to her second career in the studio. Born in Southern New Mexico, Vernon was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. A comprehensive catalogue of Mary Vernon’s paintings from the last five years will be published in conjunction with this exhibition. A booklet, "Stories," will be available as well.
"The really good artists around now, of whom Vernon is one, take their virtuosity as a gift, and give it away as a gift to our powers of sight and our capacity for joy. They don’t take it entirely seriously—it’s like dancing with a god, or wrestling with an angel—but they respect it too. They’re on such good terms with it that they’ll josh it a bit so it doesn’t put on airs. Mary’s outrageous sense of humor is everywhere in her work, but it’s not lightweight—it’s as serious as a Shakespeare comedy." —Frederick Turner
Preview the exhibition on the Valley House website at http://www.valleyhouse.com/thumbnails.asp?mode=page&idx=237
MARY VERNON: NEW WORK will be on view Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm, from September 21 through October 26.
Visit the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake in Dallas to see more of Mary Vernon’s paintings in "Conversation: Landscape Paintings as Movement at Rest," on view through September 28. Read a review of this exhibition on Glasstire at https://glasstire.com/2019/09/09/landscape-painting-as-movement-at-rest-vernon-fitzgerald-medlin/