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Gallery 219 at Eastfield College presents

Shaken and Stirred: Recent Works by James Watral
October 8 – November 2
Reception: October 12, 6-8PM

Eastfield is pleased to present an installation of drawings and ceramic sculptures by James Watral.  Influenced and inspired by words and images drawn on cocktail napkins, Watral presents us with depictions of the various evolutionary steps that are integral parts of his studio practice.  These napkins serve as reminders, sketchbook pages, and documentations of ideas meant to confirm an existing process or generate a new direction.

Sketch, Ink on Cocktail NapkinWatral’s works address a variety of historical and social concerns.  He states: The recent work contains forms, concepts, and surface considerations that I have used in the past.  Influences for my work embrace historical and contemporary ceramics aesthetics, contemporary issues in art, garden design, architecture, dance, theater, literature, current events and science.

James Watral received a Master of Fine Arts from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art.  His work has been exhibited throughout Texas and the United States in such venues as the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nancy Margolis Gallery in Portland, Maine, the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, and the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.  His work can be found in many corporate and public collections, including American Airlines, IBM, and the Dallas Museum of Art. 

Gallery 219 is located on the main floor of the Fine Arts Building (bldg “F”), near the Performance Hall.  Park and enter at the Performance Hall on the west side of campus.  Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..  Contact David Willburn, Gallery Director, at 972-860-7162 or davidwillburn@dcccd.edu for additional information.