Monet: The Later Years will be on display at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth until Sept. 15. Courtesy of Kimbell Art Museum.

June 19, 2019

Spend a hot afternoon in a cool gallery this summer. Greenies will love that several art exhibits in North Texas offer environmental themes. The lineup include the works of several notable Texas artists who find inspiration in nature. And you won't want to miss the granddaddy of plein air painting at the Kimbell.

SHOW ME THE MONETSMonet's Weeping Willow

The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is showcasing one of the giants in nature painting - French Impressionist Claude Monet. Monet: The Late Years opened this weekend and continues through Sept. 15. The exhibit of 52 paintings draw from the last decade of his life, 1913-1926. $18/adults.


Frank X Tolbert's PelicanBird lovers will enjoy perusing Texas Birds: Works By Frank X. Tolbert 2. Tolbert is the Houston-based son of the late Dallas Morning News columnist and chili enthusiast by the same name.

The Tyler Museum of Art in Tyler features works from Tolbert’s ongoing “Texas Bird Project.” Started in 2014, this body of work includes drawings, paintings and prints spotlighting a variety of avian species throughout the Lone Star State. The exhibition is open to the public through Sunday, Aug. 4. Stop by Tyler State Park while you're in town and make a day of it. $5.


In addition to the Tolbert exhibit, the Tyler Museum is showcasing Floating Life: Mississippi River Drawings, featuring the work of San Antonio artist Liz Ward. The exhibition spotlights pieces from two recent bodies of work: Ghosts of the Old Mississippi and Veritas Caput. The works from Ghosts of the Old Mississippi are based on geological maps of the river’s ancient courses and inspired by the artist’s childhood memories from South Louisiana. Pieces from Veritas Caput focus on the search for the source of the river by various explorers.Through Aug. 25. $5.


Helen Altman chalkboard painting

Helen Altman's disposable cup dispenserThis summer, the Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas showcases the work of Fort Worth-based artist Helen Altman. The exhibit Oasis features Altman's conceptual work, which throughout her career has addressed environmental themes. Her altered cup dispensers are enjoyable to behold while offering a critique on our disposable society. Also notable are the vintage chalk boards featuring exquisite and vulnerable landscapes. In addition, her wire birds, expertly handwoven to mimic backyard species, are a treat while evoking contemplation of the force that animates all life. Through Aug. 10. Free.

Natasha BowdoinFLOWER POWER

Natasha BowdoinAlso at the Talley Dunn Gallery is an installation of large-scale works entitled Seedling by Houston-based artist and Rice prof Natasha Bowdoin. Her floor-to-ceiling paintings on paper, foam core and wood present colorful and fantastic botanical images with a Pop Art feel. According to the artist her work is not meant to recreate nature truthfully but to explore the botanical world as it exists in our imagination and culture Through Aug. 10. Free.

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