Cerulean Gallery Announces “Visionaries” Exhibit to Raise Money for

Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas


Exhibit Features Works Inspired by Personal Stories of Faith and Love from Best-Selling

Co-Author of “Same Kind of Different as Me” Denver Moore and Dallas Artist Karen James



DALLAS – April 22, 2008 — The Cerulean Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Park Cities, is pleased to announce its “Visionaries” exhibition which will run May 16 – June 14, 2008. The exhibit will feature works from New York Times best-selling author and artist Denver Moore and artist Karen Francesca James, whose artwork are both inspired by tragic life events from which they experienced unconditional faith and love. Both artists are dedicated to improving the lives of those in need and will donate a portion of their proceeds to raise money for local DFW charities.


Denver Moore first picked up a paintbrush at age 65, two years before he learned to read or write. His artwork is inspired by a lifelong journey of faith. Rising up from decades of homelessness to become a best-selling author, artist and recipient of Fort Worth’s "Philanthropist of the Year," Moore is dedicated to improving lives and changing perspectives. His art, inspired by his friendship with Deborah and Ron Hall, as written about in “Same Kind of Different as Me,” is described as raw, innocent and directly from his soul.


Karen James will premiere a series of paintings that are like sculptures, designed to be touched and create a type of interactive art experience for the art lover. Karen’s art is inspired by her late husband, who encouraged her just a few days before he died, to pursue a new style she was experimenting with that had a modern heavy abstract form. Based on his praise and in his memory, Karen developed this style into its current form and has created more than two dozen pieces.


On opening night of the exhibition, Friday, May 16, 2008, the gallery will open to the public from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. A private reception will take place early in the evening, with a silent auction benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas. James will donate two paintings for the silent auction and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the foundation. In addition, James will donate 10 percent of her proceeds from all sold works to support a child’s adventure wish, in memory of her late husband mountain climber Kelly James. Art enthusiasts who would like to attend the private reception may contact Cerulean Gallery at 214.739.BLUE (2583) for additional details.


Cerulean Gallery will donate a portion of its proceeds from Denver Moore’s sold works to the Dallas-Haiti Project's annual "The Giving Project," a partnership in which various Dallas schools and businesses support schools and orphanages throughout Haiti.   


“Cerulean Gallery is proud to feature the works of Denver Moore and Karen James who while creating pieces that open our minds and touch our hearts are also using their skill to support those most in need in our community,” said Caroline Crockett, owner of Cerulean Gallery.


Artists featured during the Visionaries exhibition include:


  • Denver Moore, Dallas, TX – Spiritually inspired folk art created with mixed media on canvas.

·         Karen Francesca James, Dallas, TX – Visually impactful modern, “sculpture on canvas,” created with mixed-medium textures and acrylic paint.

  • Suzanne Fuqua, Phoenix, AZ – Bold colored oil paintings inspired by the West and Southwest.
  • Robin Hazard-Bishop, Hot Springs, AR – Stunning landscapes created with pastel and ink on suede board.
  • Elsa “Aurora” Sherrell, Dallas, TX – Figurative abstract sculptures using steel, stone bronze and wood.


The artists each have unique backgrounds and a passion for art that is reflective in their works.

Suzanne Fuqua showed an early talent for art at the age of 13 when she ventured into the realm of award-winning artists placing first in an art competition at the State Fair of Texas. Her pieces illustrate the vibrant character of the West and Southwest with bold tones and inspired brush strokes. Fuqua’s work stand vigorously within many private collections and are retained in permanent collections and galleries in Taos, NM, Dallas, TX and Phoenix, AZ.


Robin Hazard-Bishop’s new paintings feature landscapes created from jewel-toned pastel on suede and energetic abstracts composed of vivid oils on canvas. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Hazard-Bishop has always been inspired by color as evident in her vibrant works that showcase the blazing orange-red forests of Arkansas. Her work is featured in collections at the American Bank in Houston and the Cancer Treatment Center in Corpus Christi, TX. The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX featured her drawings in 1983 as part of the Creative Process - Drawing Symposium. She has exhibited throughout the U.S. and has been featured in the 500 Exposition in Dallas, the Dallas Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Dallas Life Magazine and Arkansas’ At Home magazine.


Elsa “Aurora” Sherrell is a visual artist whose work is constantly inspired by nature. Her intentions with her sculptures and paintings are simple, to encourage the viewer to experience joy and to entertain their imagination. Born in Mexico, Sherrell earned her bachelor of fine arts from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was inspired by studies abroad in Florence, Rome and Venice. Sherrell creates work that is contemporary in style yet has classical influences, while keeping the integrity of both.


Cerulean Gallery is located in Snider Plaza at 6609-A Hillcrest. The gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 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 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 work 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 www.theceruleangallery.com.