Gay Paratore, the featured artist of the Galveston Art League for March, was born in Galveston. She feels that she is a full-fledged Galvestonian as she was graduated from Ursuline Academy and taught art at Ball High School. She was a former Art Department Head at Alvin Community College and taught art history at College of the Mainland. She has a bachelor and master’s degree and is a certified State of Texas Art Consultant. She has taken workshops from over a hundred noted artists and studied in New York at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Art. Her work is shown on all three coasts and Internationally in Spain, China, and Italy.
She has recently exhibited in Maine, the Adirondack Exhibition of American Watercolors (two cash awards), The National Watercolor Membership Show in San Pedro, California (three $1000 awards), in the San Diego Watercolor Society, in Dallas winning an award with the Texas Watercolor Society of $300, and various awards with the Watercolor Art Society of Houston of which she is an elite signature member and has won many awards with the National Society of Artists and the Galveston Art League.
Gay teaches all media and all ages. She currently holds classes starting in February at UTMB for the OLLI Program on Tuesdays, in her Santa Fe Studio on Wednesdays and at Butler Longhorn Museum on Thursdays. During the summer she holds workshops at the Woodlawn Museum in Ellsworth Maine. She has her prints for sale there and at the Seal Cove Auto Museum.
In May, Gay, will travel to California to participate in the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Art Exhibition and Conference hosted by the San Diego Watercolor Society. An artist must be a Signature Member of one of the participating groups to be able to enter. Gay has her signature status with five art groups: NWS, TWS, SDWS, NSA, and WAS-H. Close to a thousand signature artists entered and only 112 were accepted; the show being held at the San Diego Watercolor Society Gallery and the Conference at the Marriot Courtyard. There will be paint outs, tours, dinners, and two Gala’s.Gay loves to spend time with her friends and students and hope that they will come visit her at the March Art Walk, Saturday March and to the Gala at Galveston Art League Gallery, 2117 Postoffice Street, on Friday, February 1st. She will have art work and numerous small prints for sale along with her posters of the Texas Hero’s Monument and her self-portrait Mardi Gras Poster. This is the only self-portrait that she has completed. Be a patron of the arts and make a piece of her art work part of your collection.
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