High Street Gallery to host Gist exhibit, Feb. 2

“Great” by Ryan Gist

The High Street Gallery will host an exhibition of paintings by Ryan Gist, 7-10 p.m., Feb 2. The gallery is located in Victoria House, 2110 Victoria St. in Beaumont.

“Ryan has largely been known as one of the area’s most beloved musicians, so I’m very excited that we get to show the visual side of his artwork during this exhibition,” Olivia Busceme, gallery director, said.

Works on display will include ink and marker portraits, large paintings on panels, and a few wall sculptures, which the artist describes as “a fun swirl of contemporary abstract expressionist folk art.”

The title of the exhibition is “Portraits of the Mighty Lion” because the portraits were inspired by the lyrics of songs on Gist’s 2005 musical album “The Mighty Lion.”

“Benita” by Ryan Gist

Beaumont native Gist’s work is influenced by other artists such as Diego Rivera, MC Escher, Amedeo Modigliani, Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gogh, Vladimir Kush, R. Crumb, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Wassily Kandinsky.

“My mother has painted all my life and inspired me to be creative,” Gist said. “I’ve also taken some classes at The Art Studio and with artists Summer Lydic and Lorenzo Chavez.”

Entry is free and the work will be for sale. Refreshments will be available at the event.

“I’d love for folks to pick up drawing and painting if they haven’t already. It’s so good for the soul!”

For more information, email victoriahousetx@gmail.com, or visit the High Street Gallery Facebook page.

COMMENTS