The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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March 15, 2014

Palestine artist to host show at historic county jail

PALESTINE —

Palestine artist Sheila Galloway will present her “Vintage Americana” art show during the three weekends during the Dogwood Trails Celebration and continuing through every weekend in April in a unique setting — the old Anderson County Jail on Avenue A.

“The show is a mixture of 'Vintage Americana' meets the Industrial Revolution. It is designed to showcase an old way of life that is gone — that you just don't see anymore,” Galloway told the Herald-Press. “It's also designed to make you think.”

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the old jail, located at 704 Avenue A.

“Having the art show in the old jail is a dream come true. It's such an interesting building. I will have have my exhibit in the downstairs area and then in two of the jail cells upstairs,” Galloway said. “If you've never seen the jail, this is a good opportunity to see a part of our history.”

The show will include about 50 pieces of Galloway's various art pieces in mixed mediums as well as in photography.

“I enjoy driving all over East Texas taking pictures of vintage Americana — such as an old gas station in Leona that reminds me of an old episode of 'Andy Griffith.' Vintage America symbolizes the old way of life,” Galloway said. “Yes, it's old and run down and we take that for granted when we are driving through the roads of East Texas.”

Her photographs that will be in the exhibit will be aged, so they will look like they were taken in the 1900s.

Galloway enjoys highlighting the inventors who brought America to life during the industrial age, such as an inventor who built a diving suit in 1911 made from aluminum alloy that weighed more than 500 lbs.

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