The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

May 2, 2013

First time exhibitor to be featured at museum gallery

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Palestine mixed medium artist Sheila Galloway’s exhibit “American Heritage: A Retrospect of What American Heritage is — God, Family and History.” The exhibit will include a mixture of everything, especially photography.

The reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in the museum’s art gallery.

“This is my first time I’ve ever had my work on display so I’m pretty excited about it,” Galloway told the Herald-Press Wednesday.

Galloway credits God for her artistic endeavors.

“He is the one who guides my hand as I draw and tells me where to take pictures. He is my life and He lights my way,” Galloway said. “My art talent is natural, a true gift from God.”

The focal point of the exhibit will be a mixed media painting of a 1776 Revolutionary War flag that has been aged and stained.

“The exhibit has a very 18th Century feel to it on my perspective of what our American heritage,” Galloway said. “It is our families, our history, our faith and a group of people who wanted a nation where they could enjoy the freedom to practice their faith as they saw fit and not as they were told.

“This art exhibit represents the way I view and feel about my world,” she continued. “It’s intent is to show our values, our culture and a time that people have forgotten. We need a reminder that America is not dead. We are still here and we are still free. Old America is still here, although it is somewhat buried.”

Included in her exhibit will be blocks of words and scriptures aged and sanded, an 18th Century steamer trunk and old glass bottles, for example.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be open to the public during normal museum hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

The museum is located at 400 Micheaux St. behind Reagan Park. For more information, call the museum at 903-723-1914.