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Cerulean Gallery Features a Spectrum of Art, Naturally


Dallas, July 27, 2006 —Cerulean Gallery announces its latest exhibition entitled “Spectrum” which will run August 11 – September 19. 


Nature is the common theme that runs throughout all of the artists’ work, each with a different perspective, interpretation, and location,” said Caroline Crockett Pickton, owner of the gallery. “All of the artwork in this exhibition will feature very bright colors in addition to black and white photography.  The contrast is a feast for the eyes and indeed provides a full ‘spectrum’ of color and nature.”


Exhibiting artists will include:


o        Carmen L. Bright, Dallas (University Park)

o        Xan Sinclair Koonce, Georgetown, TX

o        Robin Hazard-Bishop, Hot Springs, AR.

o        Caroline Crockett Pickton, Dallas


For Cerulean Gallery’s “Spectrum” exhibition, Carmen L. Bright will feature vivid colored photos and black and white photos. Her latest black and white photography incorporates her visual take on sights and scenery from her travels to Spain, France, Austria, and The Czech Republic. In contrast, Carmen also features color-saturated, up-close images of fruits and vegetables shot on art glass found in her home.  


“I am thrilled that an ordinary object can become as iconic as a man made monument, and incredibly abstract, depending on one’s point of view.” 


Xan Sinclair Koonce captures on canvas her love of nature which abounds in the Hill Country of Central Texas.  Predominant in Xan’s paintings is Abstract Expressionism, a style that expresses freedom of gestural markings and spontaneity in order to document life.  The uniqueness of Xan’s art is personified in a display of seductive and radiant colors.  


“I am interested in taking the beauty I see and abstracting it to gain greater insight,” said Xan.  “In a world where ugliness, destruction and hopelessness pervade, I want my art to be a counter force for what is positive, inspiring and beautiful.”


Robin Hazard-Bishop will unveil new vibrant paintings, featuring works on suede and the bold colors inspired by her hometown of Hot Springs. 


“Arkansas is an artist’s oasis, an overflowing natural backdrop to pull subject matter from.  It is what catches the artists’ eye that makes each work unique.  Whether it’s the towering height of our forests, the blazing orange-y reds of our fall foliage, or the innocent and lazy pose of a meadow saffron, I sense each of them.  I hope the viewers see what it is in nature that moves me so strongly to create each painting.”


Caroline Crockett Pickton highlights new works from the "Wallpaper Series".  The series will feature the popular “Wall Flowers” and also branches out with new works featuring backgrounds with solid bright colors and foregrounds consisting of detailed and realistic tree branches with blossoms.  


“I am interpreting my feeling of happiness and a moment of clarity – like taking a deep breath of fresh air,” said Caroline.  “The bright solid backgrounds replace the location or placement of nature so the viewer can focus on nature and the feeling that the natural composition provokes.”


The artists’ reception will be Friday, August 11, 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 – Saturday.  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 Pickton, who graduated with a degree in fine arts from Southern Methodist University.  The gallery features the work of established and emerging artists, along with Caroline’s own commissioned works. 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