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Cerulean Gallery Explores “Illuminations” In Upcoming Exhibition


Dallas, January 10, 2007 —Cerulean Gallery announces its latest exhibition entitled “Illuminations” which will run January 26 – March 6. 


“I have titled this exhibition ‘Illuminations’ because each artist is exploring light in a unique way,” said Caroline Crockett, owner of the gallery.  “All of the artwork is very brightly colored and ties into the theme of illuminations either literally or figuratively.”


Exhibiting artists will include:


o        Liz London, McKinney, TX – New Works, Mixed Media Reverse Application Light Boxes

o        Matt McLeod, Little Rock, AR –  Oil on Canvas

o        Xan Sinclair Koonce, Georgetown, TX  – New works, Oil on Canvas

o        Kristina M. Smith, Dallas – Mixed Media

o        Christopher Lee Martin , Dallas – Photography 


Award-winning artist, Liz London, will present a new series of artwork featuring light boxes, inspired by nature.  Built out of wood and plexi glass, the boxes are lit from within, creating ethereal warmth.  London’s new works are less geometric and involve more nature, still very contemporary light boxes.    The results are gently radiant works creating shadows from objects within the collage, much like freeform stain glass windows.


“I have always been fascinated and interested in light and the quality of light in my art.  Until a year ago, my art style and technique consisted of layering papers, collage, found objects, and painting directly on a surface. I wondered what would happened if I created a ‘negative image,’ reversing the surface using acrylic sheets instead of canvas, then applying the paint, collage, and other layers with light behind them instead of depending on an external light source.”


London has studied with and from many nationally known artists ranging from Carol Barnes, Dorothy Moses, Mark Briscoe and BJ White. Her current mediums range from and include acrylic, watercolor, layering, collage, mixed mediums and encaustics, welding, clay sculpture, wire sculpture to back lighted reverse painting on Plexiglas


Matt McLeod graduated from SMU with a BFA in 1987. “I try to start with an interesting composition with strong contrasting values, then layer on transparent and opaque passages of saturated color.”  This “layering” of opaque and transparent colors make the paintings radiate.  Each landscape/cityscape has dramatic lighting. Each scene is painted either in the early morning or late afternoon – long shadows and more vibrant colors. 


Xan Sinclair Koonce returns for her second exhibition at Cerulean Gallery as a core artist.  A native Texan with family in the Park Cities, Koonce currently resides in Georgetown where she has grown to appreciate the color and beauty that Central Texas reveals. "My desire to understand spirituality and its transformational power motivates my work,” said Koonce. “My objective is to magnify nature beyond its literal meaning to explore the relationship between nature and spirituality."  All of Koonce’s paintings are vibrant abstract landscapes featuring seductive and radiant colors.


Kristina M. Smith’s pieces look like real glass mosaics with very rich and deep colors. Her layers of pigment glaze and varnish create a rich glassy transparent depth. “My current works explore the textural effects of mixed media juxtaposed with torn paper under monochromatic layers of pigment glaze, and varnish,” said Smith.  


Christopher Lee Martin features photographs on plexi glass that will be mounted to project the pieces away from the wall in an effort to showcase light as a body of its own making. Martin believes light or lumia photography can be used as not only a medium of itself, but to create its own objectivity. All of my work is a constant exploration. Recently, the journey begins with the use of light and how light utilizes space through the pictorial plane,” said Martin. “In these photographs, I use various materials to refract light.”



The artists’ reception will be Friday, January 26, 2006 from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.


Cerulean Gallery is located at 6609-A Hillcrest 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