A trained themed art show in the Gallery at the Redlands will honor Palestine's Polar Express this holiday season. The American Railroad Odyssey exhibit opens Nov. 11.

Inspired by the Texas Railroad's Polar Express, this new collection will be on display, and for sale, through Dec. 16.

This is the second one-man show at the gallery by artist David Tripp. It features 17 watercolors of trains, mostly from Palestine's Texas State Railroad collection.

“My favorite from the collection is the Texas and Pacific 610,” Tripp said. “It retired in 1950 but, thanks to Able Carter, was restored in 1976 to pull the Freedom Train across Texas. Then Atlanta Georgia used it for excursion, until it died. Now, it's going to be Palestine's forever.

“When I looked at it, I thought it would make a nice Polar Express theme. So I created it to look like a night scene.”

Some paintings are from photographs; others were done live, on location, at the railroad yards.

“Ben Campbell, who is on the board of the Texas State Railroad, has taken me there four or five times and unlocked the train shed, so that I could photograph some of the trains I wanted to feature,” Tripp said.

All framed pieces were framed locally by Art Depot.

Tripp is working on the show's last piece, a canvas painting he will paint in the gallery during the next few weeks.

All of his artwork on display is for sale, ranging in price from $50 to $900. Tripp also has coffee mugs, cards, post cards, and prints of his work on sale at the gallery. Ninety limited editions will be signed and numbered, priced at $70 each.

Since 2010, Tripp has averaged 100 paintings a year; everything he paints is for sale. Locals and visitors are invited to view the show and visit with Tripp.

Wade Thomas and his wife own the new gallery, which opened in March. The couple also owns a gallery in Crockett that opened nine months ago, featuring Western art, called Stories of Texas.

At Queen and Oak streets, The Gallery at the Redlands will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Sunday. View David Tripp's art at davidtripp.wordpress.com

For more information, call 936-546-6978.

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