Gallery Shoal CreekGallery Shoal Creek
Established in 1965, the gallery continues the tradition of representing talented artists, presenting engaging exhibitions, and building fine art collections.
The gallery originally focused on the work of G. Harvey Jones and other western artists. Under the guidance of Ann Hagood, the face of the gallery until 1990, the scope broadened to include a range of regional landscape artists. The tone was set in the 1970s with the addition of notable Texas painters Carroll Collier and Jerry Ruthven, both of whom are still associated with the gallery. By the early 1980s, the gallery had strong ties with noted Southwestern landscape painters, bringing noted artists from Taos and Santa Fe to Austin.
A turning point occurred in 1984 when Ms. Hagood met Milt Kobayashi in New York City. Kobayashi’s urban interiors portray bleary-eyed but beautiful figures in intimate moments. Within a few years, sellout shows were the norm for Mr. Kobayashi at the gallery.
In 1990, Judith Taylor took the helm and her guidance expanded the gallery’s scope immeasurably. Taylor made it her mission to both promote her longstanding stable of artists while also seeking out and highlighting newer artists working in a variety of non-traditional media and styles.
Determined to nurture young artists, Taylor connected with talent like René Alvarado, who joined the gallery in 1999 at the age of 27. While amassing numerous accolades, Alvarado continues to produce works that layer complex and colorful imagery informed by his Mexican roots.
The 21st century was marked by fresh attention to works on paper, including an annual paper show, which introduced Karen Kunc’s woodcut prints and Jill Lear’s drawings to the gallery. The two quickly gained the attention of critics and collectors.
In 2013 the gallery relocated to the Flatbed Building, an 18,000 square foot warehouse space in East Austin. The trek east to the hub of Austin’s art scene represents Taylor’s willingness to stay nimble and, literally, move with the times. The new gallery is a warm, inviting space for viewing art in an urban environment. Here Gallery Shoal Creek continues to showcase their highly regarded stable of artists and introduce a few new faces. With a polished concrete wall and concrete floors, the space is configured to showcase large scale contemporary canvases and three-dimensional installations; interior areas provide more intimate viewing for smaller scale work.
From Gallery Shoal Creek’s spot on East MLK, a fresh outlook emerges as they continue to define art for Austin audiences and beyond. In December 2014, the gallery will launch FIVE DECADES DEFINING ART and host a series of exhibitions and events through 2015 to celebrate this significant anniversary.