Experience “Tranquility” at Cerulean Gallery’s Next Exhibition

Exhibition Features works by Ron Hall, Co-Author of “Same Kind of Different as Me”


Dallas, June 4, 2008 —Cerulean Gallery announces its next exhibition, “Tranquility” which will run June 26 – August 11. The Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, June 26 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Featured artists will include:


  • John Gary Brown, Lawrence, KS - Abstract oil on canvas
  • Kimberly Graham, Denver, Colorado - mixed media
  • Ron Hall, Dallas - Abstract Mixed Media Sculptures 
  • Aqsa Shakil, Dallas - Paintings on paper and canvas
  • Diana Stetson Albuquerque, NM - mixed media etchings and monotypes



“We named this exhibition ‘Tranquility’ because it captures the overall feel and vision behind the artists’ works,” said Caroline Crockett, owner of the gallery. “’Tranquility’ chronicles five artists who create artwork as a path to their memory, some as a life narrative, and as a way to seek serenity.”


John Gary Brown creates landscapes from light by a using a special layering technique.  While inspired by the horizon, Brown newest pieces somewhat abandon the natural world and look inward, toward a landscape of dreams and meditation. These pieces allow him to create worlds that reflect his view of reality — that the universe evolves in an unhurried but inexorable process that deserves respect and emulation.


Kimberly Graham mixed media works reveal what she refers to as the push and pull of life - and the universal harmony and balance - between opposites: fertile and barren, desirable and repellant, momentum and rest, life and death.  Her textured filled art includes the inorganic and organic often combining feathers, leaves, and paint on wood or canvas. “My paintings are mythical worlds peopled by seeds and pods,” she said. “I’m inspired by the beautiful logic of stages of life and patterns of growth.”


Ron Hall’s, story is a fascinating one, and is documented in "Same Kind of Different as Me", the New York Times best-seller he co-wrote with Denver Moore.  Working as an international art dealer who traveled the world buying and selling rare and expensive works of art for 25 years, Hall put art on the back burner to chase his dream of being a cowboy.  His days were filled with ranching, team roping, cowboy poetry and anything else his beloved wife, Debbie, asked him to do, like being Denver's friend.  After her death in 2000, unable to sleep, Hall began writing the book and making sculpture.  He would stay up writing all night, and when writer's block set in, he would fashion tiny sculptures from cardboard, Post-it-Notes, straight pins, Elmer's glue and paper clips.  Later, Hall transformed these mock-ups into larger steel sculptures and outdoor works with the help of a master welder.  Due to the success of the book, Hall’s days are now spent spreading the Good Word.


Aqsa Shakil, referred to as a chronicler and story-teller, uses her personal life path in her artwork where relationships and memories act as the underlying theme.  Her paintings and photographs show her life journeys, as they are a combination of Taos rain-paintings, Islamic geometric patterns, and Indian Miniature Painting. Shakil was born in Tanzania and raised in Pakistan.


Similar to Shakil, Diana Stetson uses the winding, uncertain path of her life as inspiration for her art.  Her life story is told through the poetry and images of her prints, always involving a juxtaposition of text with image.   As Stetson states, "This is why you might find an African postage stamp, a scrap of Japanese calligraphy, and a fragment of an old French letter from the Paris flea market all together in one of my monotypes"



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.  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.