Discover new works at Cerulean Gallery’s exhibition “Unearthed”



Dallas, December XX, 2008 Cerulean Gallery announces its next exhibition "Unearthed" which features five artists who use the land and earth as inspiration in their works.  The opening reception is January 9, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  The exhibition will run from January 9 – February 16, 2008.


 “Land and its elements all serve as a catalyst for these artists and a way to unearth memories, emotions, or philosophical meaning in the environments that surround them,” said Caroline Crockett Kneese, owner of the Gallery. 


Exhibiting artists include:


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

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

o       Mark Lawrence McPhail, Dallas – Digital photography on canvas

o       Amanda Porter, Los Angeles – Black & white photography

o       Keith Williams, Dallas – Expressionistic realism oil on canvas, landscapes



For John Gary Brown, a Cerulean Gallery favorite, the landscape provides an opportunity to create worlds that reflect his view of reality. This is achieved through a layering process with oil that explores light and luminosity.  His pieces are transitional in feel and full of extraordinary color and depth.


With a working style contrary to Plein Air art, Virginia Marum, co-director of Cerulean Gallery, features images and text, like memory, that interlace the landscape.  Her fascinating and dreamlike work is highly delicate and detailed.  Marum’s technique has an intimacy that is seen through all the layers and details of her work. 


Mark Lawrence McPhail’s work brings together a challenge of structure and traditional photography while balancing images with color and composition.  His inspiration is Japanese culture and as a communications professor at Southern Methodist University, he uses language and narrative within the pieces. 


Amanda Porter’s compelling images transcend traditional portraiture, documenting people in every day activities and enabling the viewer to see the world as the subject sees and views it. Her photography brings back a style seen in Time & Life from the 1950s and ‘60s.  Each piece looks like a scene from a movie, creating an environment that evokes texture and romance.


Keith Williams’ paintings in this exhibition are representations of places he has experienced or thought about. They are representational landscapes that use abstract bold brushstrokes to break up the canvas.  The perception of form and color are affected so that the paintings, in a sense, are abstract but when contemplated from a further distance they come together as expressive landscapes or environments. Rhythm and harmony come together and movement occurs.



Cerulean Gallery is located at 6609-A Hillcrest Ave in Snider Plaza.  Hours are from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 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 and 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. In addition to featuring 12 annual exhibitions and providing art consulting services, Cerulean Gallery focuses on benefiting the community through ongoing support of SMU and area high school art students in addition to working with local philanthropies. Most recently, art classes have been made available to the public, taught by renowned artist Virginia Marum.  Additional information can be found at