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Get “Colorblinded” at Cerulean Gallery’s Next Exhibition


Dallas, October 4, 2007 —Cerulean Gallery announces its next exhibition, “Colorblinded” which will run October 19 – November 26. The Artists’ Reception will be held on Friday, October 19 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Featured artists will include:


  • Xan Sinclair Koonce, Georgetown, TX – Oil on canvas, abstract
  • Matt McLeod, Little Rock, AR – Oil on canvas, landscapes and local cityscapes
  • Leslie Friedman, Dallas – Fused glass wall sculpture and free standing sculpture, abstract
  • Robin Hazard-Bishop, Hot Springs, AR – Pastel and ink on suede board, landscapes


“This exhibition features a variety of styles and mediums, and is titled ‘Colorblinded’ because all of the artwork consists of saturated, vibrant colors,” said Caroline Crockett, owner of the gallery. “The viewer will be immersed within a full spectrum of color.”  


Back by popular request, Xan Sinclair Koonce returns for her third exhibition at Cerulean Gallery as a core artist.  A native Texan with family in the Park Cities, Koonce currently resides in Georgetown, Texas where she has grown to appreciate the color and beauty that Central Texas reveals. Koonce’s interest is taking the beauty she sees in landscapes and abstracting it to gain greater insight.  As she paints, her primary objective is conveying a sensual experience through color, line and composition. She is an artist who embodies the synthesis of abstract expressionism with the palette of Matisse.  It is precisely this fusion of spontaneity and color that has produced a rich and expressive body of work. 


Matt McLeod received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in 1987. In March of 2003, he left a career in advertising to paint full-time and to start 4artsake Art Academy, a business to teach visual arts to children and adults. McLeod particularly enjoys painting with oils, as it allow him to use color more than any other medium. He starts his landscapes and cityscapes with compelling composition and strong contrasting values, then layers on transparent and opaque passages of saturated color. His goal is to end up with a painting that is an intriguing visual pattern of values and colors. “My hope is that I will end up with something that moves back and forth between realistic and abstract,” he said.


Leslie Friedman's passion for abstract expressionistic glasswork is rooted in over 35 years of design and graphics experimentation in a wide variety of arts media.  A graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor's in Design, Friedman has spent a lifetime honing her artistic talents in painting, graphic design, interior design, mixed media, and a full-range of clay and pottery work, before turning her attention fulltime to glasswork.  The resulting hot-fused glass and stained-glass artwork she now creates at her home studio represent her many years of experience in divergent art forms while retaining a lively and playful insouciance and an overarching feeling of "fun". Her glass work is shown at galleries across Texas, California and Arizona.


Born in Freeport, Texas, Robin Hazard-Bishop has always been inspired by the Texas landscape.  As a plein air artist, Hazard-Bishop is best known for her vibrant colored pastels on suede board.  Her latest series explores the behavior of ink on suede board, and the tension it creates when incorporated with her pastels.  A 1984 graduate of Southern Methodist University, 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, and At Home in Arkansas.


“Colorblinded” will be sponsored in part by Sterling Bank. 


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.  Most recently, art classes have been made available to the public, taught by renowned artist Virginia Marum. 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