Cerulean Deals With Surface Tension


Dallas, December 19, 2007 —Cerulean Gallery announces its next exhibition, “Surface Tension” which will run January 11 – February 18, 2008. The Artists’ Reception will be held on Friday, January 11 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Featured artists will include:


  • Alonso Bedolla, Houston – Abstract 3D paintings on canvas and wood
  • John Gary Brown, Lawrence, KS – Abstract oil on canvas, landscapes
  • Virginia Marum, Dallas – Dream-like imaginative mixed media on paper, landscapes
  • Pamela Marquette O’Krent, Dallas – Abstract Print making and collage


“Surface Tension” groups together four artists who use varying techniques to explore and challenge the ‘flatness’ of the background whether canvas, wood or paper,” said Caroline Crockett, owner of the gallery.  “Each of the artists creates multiple dimensions from a two-dimensional surface.”


Alonso Bedolla’s 3D paintings emerge in and out of the planes creating sculpture like images while still hanging flat on the wall.  Bedolla’s technique is one of a complicated, industrial fashion that uses mounts and resins along with paint to construct images that literally move out from the wall.


Born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Bedolla’s creations arise from a passionate and dedicated thought.  Bedolla creates his own materials for his work, starting from the mounts, ceramics, appliqués, and pigments.


John Gary Brown’s sophisticated technique builds up the oil paint on his canvases layer by layer.  Each tedious process of the layer results in a luminescent abstract landscape that is anything but flat.

The landscape allows Brown to create worlds that reflect his view of reality.


“I believe that mankind’s marks upon the earth are superficial and fleeting, and I try to depict and celebrate what is truly elemental in the landscape,” said Brown. “Such as the breathing of life into great watery vistas, seen through shifting, atmospheric veils, or the falling of sun light onto undisturbed dust.”


Virginia Marum uses mixed media and a special collage technique to create layers on paper that create a seamless effect.  Her work, unlike Bedolla and Brown, appears at first inspection to be on an even surface.  However, upon closer inspection, the viewer recognizes that all types of medium have actual been slowly built up on the paper.


Marum has worked as an interior designer and color consultant for more than five years.  She has also taught printmaking, drawing, bookmaking and art history at the University of California, and she currently teaches drawing lessons at Cerulean Gallery.  Marum holds a B.A. in art history and a B.A. in printmaking from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Pamela Marquette O’Krent also uses collage to break the surface of the paper.  Marquette O’Krent fractures into the surface by incorporating such innovative techniques as sewing into her images, thus, no longer creating on the surface place but within it.


O’Krent’s passion for art began when she was a young girl growing up in northern, rural Minnesota.  Her first interest was sewing, and she created dresses for her dolls at the age of five, and later designed clothing for herself. She later received her BFA and teacher’s certification, moved to Dallas in 1987, and began a 20-year career of teaching art to children. 


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 www.theceruleangallery.com.


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 www.theceruleangallery.com.