The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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October 25, 2012

Frankston artist to be featured in museum exhibit

PALESTINE — John E. deBessonet will exhibit a wide variety of creative art as the featured artist for November and December at the Museum for East Texas Culture in Palestine.

An opening reception for the artist will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the museum’s art gallery.

deBessonet received a degree in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Fine Arts from Louisiana State University in 1974. He dedicated his 37-year career to designing and developing public park and recreation facilities in Shreveport, New Orleans, and, for the last 25 years, as park planner for Harris County in Houston.

After retiring in early 2011, he and his wife, Liz, moved to their retreat in the woods near Piney Woods Lake south of Frankston. Turning an old fishing cabin on the property into a studio, deBessonet began to rediscover his background in fine arts.

Last February, his painting “Mountain Meadow” was selected by the jury to be included in the prestigious Stars of Texas Exhibition in Brownwood and more recently, his painting “Aurora” was exhibited at the Main Street Gallery in Tyler.

The exhibit at the Museum of East Texas Culture will be the first solo presentation of his work and will include 76 of the artist’s paintings, photographs, and sculptures.

The paintings include impressionistic landscapes, abstracts, modern, and whimsical. He works mainly in acrylic on canvas, paper, and board as well as watercolor. A few of the works are a collage using colored tissue paper with pen and ink. He continues to experiment with different media and art forms as he works to apply his previous training in fine arts.

Photographs included in the exhibit are a few of his favorites from his travels in the U.S. and Europe and demonstrate his observations of nature as well as man's environment.

The unique folk art sculptures featured in the exhibit were created using all natural materials found in the woods around his studio as well as materials collected on his travels.

“The collection is called ‘Guardians of the Forest’ as the figures are creatures that go unseen unless you look closely around you as you walk through the woods,” a news release said.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of December. The museum is located at 400 S. Micheaux St.

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