tyler, tx — Artwork that celebrates natural elements such as wood and metal will be featured at a new Gallery Main Street art exhibit that opens Saturday, Sept. 29. An opening reception is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 110 W. Erwin.
“The Artistic Element” exhibit features an interesting array of interpretations of the theme, said City of Tyler Main Street Department Leader Beverly Abell.
“Artists have chosen to interpret the ‘Artistic Element’ theme in everything from photography to sculpture,” Abell said. “We have a life-sized metal wire sculpture that is breathtaking. But you turn the corner, and you see beautifully captured photographs of metal, wood and other objects, both in man-made and natural forms.
“It really is a very unique and entertaining exhibit,” Abell said.
The opening exhibit is free and open to the public.
“Our Saturday gallery receptions are a great way to begin a Saturday evening downtown, with a visit to the gallery and then dinner out at one of our downtown restaurants,” Abell said.
Gallery Main Street features juried exhibits of art that change approximately every six weeks. Artists send the gallery digital images of their work. Those images are stripped of any identifying characteristics such as signatures, and are then sent to an art jury, which is composed of professional artists and instructors. The jury scores each piece from 0 to 10, with 10 being the best possible score. The top-scoring pieces are included in the exhibit, and the best-scoring piece is named Best in Show.
The 2013 schedule of exhibits will be announced soon.
“We are so excited about some new ideas that have come our way,” Abell said. “We’ll feature new mediums, interesting new themes, new workshops and other projects. We’re also going to be redesigning our Downtown Tyler Arts website soon to make it more functional, more informative, and easier to use.”
Those interested in more information should contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org  or call (903) 593-6905.