Road Trip!

Sometimes we meet people who are so genuine you can’t help being drawn to them. Last weekend, I attended the artist’s reception for the “Being Set Free” exhibition at the A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas. In addition to being accomplished artists, gallery owners Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully, are just plain “good people”. I look forward to again working with them sometime in the future, and plan to tap into their encaustic expertise to further my own! Also currently on display is the “Portraits” exhibition, fabulously curated by Photo Editor extraordinaire, Alyssa Coppelman whom I also had the pleasure of breaking bread. In case you’re wondering, Johnson City is about an hour from both Austin and San Antonio, and hails its name from our 36thPresident; Lyndon B. Johnson who grew up here. Show runs through April 15, 2018

A Smith Gallery
103 North Nugent Avenue, Johnson City TX

 Kevin Tully, Yours Truly, and Amanda Smith

Kevin Tully, Yours Truly, and Amanda Smith

works recognized in the MPA's

The 7th Annual Mobile Photography Awards were announced and among the many fine selections were two of my works. "Separated At Birth" and "Eternal 22" received honorable mentions in the Visual FX and Macro categories. The MPA's as they're called, were founded in 2011 and are the world's longest running international competition for mobile photography and art. I began creating work using mobile devices in late 2012 and have been recognized by the MPA's all but one year since 2013. You should take a few minutes to see the other fabulous images selected in the link above!

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"And Then" debuts in texas

A Smith Gallery is presenting a very unique show titled Being Set Free in which artists evolved their photographic artworks around physical/emotional healing goals or subjects – setting oneself free from limitations, grief, disease, loneliness, encumbrances, disappointment, all common experiences of the human condition. Additionally, the artists were asked to further the viewer's experience with a written element to accompany the project. 

My submission included five images from a recent series titled "And Then" which explores the journey through grief one embarks upon losing a loved one. Three of these images and the accompanying poem will be shown in the upcoming exhibition juried by Karen Divine, Melanie Walker, Amanda Smith, Diana Perkins and Kevin Tully. If you're unable to attend the show in person, you can enjoy the show here.

A Smith Gallery
103 North Nugent Avenue, Johnson City TX
February 23 to April 15, 2018
Receptions: February 24 and March 31 / 4-8 pm

 ©2018 Bobbi McMurry

©2018 Bobbi McMurry

Getting my hands dirty!

I've been enjoying the fact that I pulled some of my traditional art supplies out and have been pushing myself in some new directions. This is a mobile art piece from my most recent series "And Then". It's been mounted to a 30 x 40" cradled board sanded, scraped, painted, and drawn into using a variety of mediums. Once I was satisfied with this mixed media "base layer", I began working it with encaustic wax, encaustic paint and oil sticks. Working with the wax can be a bit tricky and very physical on a piece of this size - but I've fallen in love and will be doing many more pieces in this manner. The luminescence and three-dimensionality created in the layers of wax create both a tactile and visual depth thats very inviting. I look forward to working this way some more!

 © 2018 Bobbi McMurry

© 2018 Bobbi McMurry