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Cerulean Gallery Benefits Autism with

“Down to Earth” Exhibition and Silent Auction


Dallas, July 9, 2007 —Cerulean Gallery’s next exhibition, “Down to Earth”, features four established artists’ interpretations of landscapes and cityscapes in styles ranging from realism to abstract.


A portion of the proceeds from the artwork sold in this exhibition will benefit the Autism Treatment Center (ATC), an organization that provides residential, educational, employment, diagnostic, therapeutic, consultation, information dissemination and research services for people with autism and their families.


In addition Caroline Crockett, owner of the gallery, has donated a piece from her popular Wallpaper Series, which will be available through silent auction. The exhibition will run July 20 – September 1, 2007 with the artists’ reception and silent auction on July 20 from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.


“One in 150 children is diagnosed with Autism, and yet there is no medical detection or cure,” said Crockett. “I was moved when I heard that the Autism Treatment Center was opening a Diagnostic & Therapeutic Rehabilitation Agency in the Dallas/Fort Worth area later this year, and I want to contribute to help support the cause.”


“ATC is diligently working to open a much needed Medicaid approved, out-patient diagnostic and therapeutic agency for the Dallas/Fort Worth area where children with Autism will benefit greatly from individual speech, occupational and physical therapy, target to their individual needs,” said Dr. Garver, program director at ATC. “It is our goal to provide these services in an affordable manner, hopefully by spring of 2008.”


The agency will also act as a resource for families to voluntarily participate in research efforts ATC is conducting and participating in along with several universities in the study of treatments and causes of autism.


Exhibiting artists will include:


o   Virginia Marum, Dallas – Dream-like imaginative collage on paper, landscapes

o   Michael T. Longhofer, Dallas – Realistic oil on canvas, landscapes and cityscapes

o   John Gary Brown, Lawrence, KS – Abstract oil on canvas, landscapes

o   Robin Hazard-Bishop, Hot Springs, AR – Contemporary pastel on suede, landscapes


Virginia Marum holds a B.A. in art history and a B.A. in printmaking from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Marum has worked alongside internationally known artist and author, Makiko Okamoto, and Crown Point Press printer and author, Emily York.  She worked as an apprentice to the master printer at Josephine Press and later as the director of the Christopher John Gallery.  Marum has also worked with notable printers and artists John Cage, Michael McMillian, and Raymond Pettibon.  Her work has shown in numerous individual and group exhibitions throughout LA as well as published in one of Sunset Magazine’s design issues.   


For “Down to Earth”, Marum will feature landscapes contrary to the Plein Air style, inspired instead by memory and mood in addition to media at hand. She uses old artist’s proofs from etchings, previous paintings, and written journal entries as the backdrop for her pieces. 


Michael T. Longhofer’s paintings chronicle both his life experience and his imagination.  His realistic style of painting is reminiscent of that of the old masters.  Perspective, depth and value are key components of his work, as well as the use of color to create the illusion of light that sets the mood of the piece. The full-time painter earned his B.F.A. from The Laguna Beach College of Art and Design in California. His commissioned works include cityscapes, landscapes, portraits, murals and colorful abstracts. Over the last 14 years, Longhofer has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, juried shows, and art festivals in New York, California and Texas.  Most recently, he was selected to create a large mural for "Good Place Park" commissioned by the city of North Richland Hills, TX.


His upcoming works portray realistic cityscapes of Dallas, New York and Santa Fe. They are painted with intense contrasting color bursting from the canvas with an otherworldly light.


For 37 years, John Gary Brown has explored various mediums and materials but is inevitably drawn back to the landscape, which allows him to reflect his view of reality. Brown’s paintings, although basically non-objective, are nearly always organized around a horizon line, or some other element that places the image in a particular place. Brown’s paintings on canvas are executed in layers, inspired by the American Northwest, Europe and Middle East. However, his latest efforts have somewhat abandoned the natural world and look inward, toward a landscape of dreams and meditation.   Brown received his MFA from the University of Washington in 1970.  He has been working as a staff photographer and archivist for Creede, Colorado Repertory Theater for over 30 years.  He is an award-winning artist and has been featured in numerous magazines such as Architectural Digest, Smithsonian, and Reader’s Digest.  Brown has shown in galleries across the U.S. – Washington, New Mexico, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, Minnesota, Arizona, and Texas.


Many of Brown’s abstracts are named for places and circumstances brought about by the creativity of mankind, but the dominant feature in each one is the celestial process.


Robin Hazard-Bishop is inspired by color evidenced in her strong and vibrant paintings.  “As an artist, I try to express in the simplest and clearest point of view an entire experience, interpreted from images and surroundings I have seen or felt,” said Hazard-Bishop. A graduate of Southern Methodist University in 1984, her fine art degree focused on painting, drawing and printmaking.  She has exhibited throughout the U.S. and has many corporate and private collections including the American Bank in Houston and the Cancer Treatment Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Her drawings were featured in 1983 at the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth as part of the Creative Process - Drawing Symposium. .  She has also been included in the 500 Exposition in Dallas, the Dallas Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Dallas Life Magazine, At Home in Arkansas, and in many gallery exhibits. 


Hazard-Bishop paints Plein Air, taking her suede board and pastels outside during the day and night to directly interpret the landscapes she sees into contemporary works of art made up of jewel-toned colors.



Cerulean Gallery is located at 6609-A Hillcrest Ave in Snider Plaza.  Hours are from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday –Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Please call 214.739.BLUE (2583) for additional details, or visit


About Cerulean Gallery 

Cerulean Gallery is a contemporary gallery located in the heart of the Park Cities where shoppers, students, and diners are provided an inviting place to enjoy art and social activities amongst a relaxing environment.  Cerulean Gallery was founded in 2006 by Caroline Crockett, who graduated with a degree in fine arts from Southern Methodist University in 2002.  The gallery features the work of established and emerging artists, local and SMU-affiliated artists, along with Crockett’s own artwork and commissions. In addition to featuring 12 annual exhibitions, Cerulean Gallery focuses on benefiting the community through ongoing support of SMU and area high school art students in addition to work with local philanthropies.  Additional information can be found at 


About Autism Treatment Center

For more than 30 years, the Autism Treatment Center (ATC) has assisted individuals with autism throughout their lives 24/7/365 as they learn, play, work and live in the community. ATC provides: residential, educational, employment, diagnostic, therapeutic, consultation, information dissemination and research services for people with autism and their families. The Autism Treatment Center currently operates day programs in Dallas and San Antonio, owns 19 group homes – 13 in Dallas and 7 in San Antonio, manages a Diagnostic & Therapeutic Rehabilitation Agency in San Antonio, and is looking forward to opening a similar rehab agency in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 2008.  In addition, the ATC is launching a Capital Campaign to build a state-of-the-art, environmentally sensitive treatment facility in San Antonio to expand services for individuals with autism and their families. ATC also works with school districts, universities, and medical professionals in support of external efforts to meet the needs of individuals with autism. Currently, ATC is partnering or collaborating with several universities across the state to facilitate research efforts and to provide training and observation time for students studying autism spectrum disorder.


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