The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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August 8, 2013

Texas Art Depot to offer venue for local and regional artists

PALESTINE — Texas Art Depot will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in its downtown location with a new focus.

Since 1976 when it originally opened as Beth’s Originals, the primary business has been custom framing and the sale of prints and canvas from nationally and internationally known artists.

But that is about to change.

Effective immediately, Texas Art Depot will begin to accept local and regional art on consignment from qualified artists for sale in the gallery.

“The business at 301 W. Oak St. will continue to offer picture framing and prints on paper and canvas as they have in the past, but the original paintings will offer buyers more selection and give artists a venue to showcase their talents,” Texas Art Depot owner April Johnston said.

Artists will need to call the gallery and schedule an appointment to meet and discuss their qualifications and available space with Johnston. They will then need to complete a gallery consignment agreement and be prepared to furnish the gallery with three framed originals ready to hang, an artist biography, and an artist photo in digital format for display along with their work.

Texas Art Depot will display the art for sale to the general public and will have exclusive rights to sell the work for six months as a condition of consignment.

The gallery will accept most styles of art and will leave most content decisions to the artist, but Johnston will be the sole judge as to whether its content is suitable for her gallery regarding decency standards and taste.

“We look forward to this new line and we hope by the Christmas season to have a really nice selection of original paintings to go along with our exceptional line of prints, framing and gift items,” Johnston said.

The stability of an established gallery open five days per week, along with a professional sales staff would offer an incentive to artists to consign their works, Johnston said.

“Limiting each artist to only three pieces (no more and no less), it would ensure the artists would provide their very best works for display,” Johnston said.

Artists also would be offered the opportunity to display their works for sale on the gallery website,

“Our website has been very successful and the primary source for gallery income for many years,” Johnston said.

She noted that inclusion on the website would be contingent on artists paying a modest fee to defray costs of doing the digital work of posting and maintaining the site.

“Our website literally has thousands of visitors every day and we have many visitors to our gallery who find our website online and make the effort to drive to Palestine to see for themselves,” Johnston said. “The gallery also benefits from tourism associated with Dogwood Trails, Texas State Railroad and other festivals.”

Artists should contact Johnston at 903-729-1940 during business hours Tuesday through Saturday. They also may email digital copies of their biography and photos and small “.jpg” pictures of their art work to (please limit size of images to 200 kb each).

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