Paintings of skies and clouds
DENISE LARUE MAHLKE (b. 1957), "Above and Beyond," 2021, pastel on board, 39 3/4 x 27 1/4 in.

“The Heavens Declare! Celebrating the Glory of the Skies”
Museum of Western Art
Kerrville, Texas
Through July 9, 2022

The Museum of Western Art is set to open an exhibition with a truly uplifting title: “The Heavens Declare! Celebrating the Glory of the Skies.” These words are drawn from Psalm 19 in the Bible, which compels us to look up and take notice: “The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.”

On view will be recent sky scenes created by 10 talented artists: Phil Bob Borman, Russell Case, Laurel Daniel, Linda Glover Gooch, David Griffin, David Grossman, Michael Magrin, Denise LaRue Mahlke, Phil Starke, and John Taft.

In 2020 the show’s premise was proposed by Mahlke, who has been busy coordinating it alongside the museum’s executive director, Darrell Beauchamp.

The official opening reception will occur on April 9, a busy day that will also offer artist talks and tours, plus a lunchtime presentation featuring collector Tim Newton. In addition, the museum will host a monthly workshop presented by one of three participating artists — Linda Glover Gooch, Denise LaRue Mahlke, or John Taft.

Opened in 1983, the Museum of Western Art  is located a short drive northwest of San Antonio in Texas’s scenic Hill Country. Its original building was designed with rugged timbers and walls that give it the air of a fortified hacienda. The 14,000-square-foot facility encompasses galleries and study spaces, as well as the 6,000-volume Griff Research Center.

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  1. “The Heaves Declare” I love it! How refreshing. Finally-even in the art world-a tribute to the Creator of all who graciously grants permission to those of us called artists to reproduce His creation.

  2. I feel exactly the same. We can only hope to capture on canvas the beauty God continuously portrays in the skies. It is an ongoing challenge. I hope I am able to go see this exhibit of wonderful paintings before it comes down. “to God be the glory”


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