The holidays are just around the corner and Coastal Bend residents are gearing up for the final Rockport Art Loop of the year from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

Spearheaded by the Rockport Center for the Arts (RCA), Rockport Art Loop is a free, alfresco, walk-able art experience featuring art galleries in the Rockport Cultural Arts District, art talks, artist demonstrations, exhibit openings, and more. Art Loop has become a favorite with locals since the inaugural event in February 2019.

Eleven galleries will participate in December featuring a variety of mediums: Rockport Center for the Arts (multiple mediums), The Gallery at Anita Diebel Studio (paintings), Salt Flats Gallery (jewelry), Windy Way Gallery (photography), Latitude 28° 02’ Coastal Cuisine and Fine Art (relief mono-printing), Rockport Gallery (paintings), 3rd Coast Modern (paintings), Stan Irvin Unique Clay Works (kiln creations), The Gallery Collection at Maison (photography), John Martell Photography and Estelle Stair Gallery.

The evening will also serve as the opening reception for Currents, the RCA’s annual all-members exhibition, which runs from Wednesday, Nov. 27 through early January 2020. From the show, six artists are selected—five by a guest juror, Dr. Laura Petican, Associate Professor of Art History and Director of University Galleries at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and one by popular vote—to participate in an RCA group show in August.

Art Loop coincides with the Rockport Tropical Christmas event featuring food, vendors, entertainment and more throughout downtown and the Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor beginning at noon.

“We are so excited to be hosting our first holiday Rockport Art Loop event,” said RCA Executive Director Luis Purón. “This will be a great opportunity for guests to see the amazing work being done here in the Coastal Bend. I believe guests will be impressed by what they see at the many galleries, perhaps even finding some unique, handmade Christmas gifts. We are especially proud of our ‘Currents’ exhibition, which also will be underway.

“The timing of all this is even better because it coincides with Rockport Tropical Christmas, so that may attract even more guests to the cultural district, many of whom may be getting their first exposure to art. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The Rockport Center for the Arts recently received a $9,000 economic development grant from The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) in support of nine Rockport Art Loop events scheduled for 2019-2020.

For more information on Rockport Center for the Arts, visit RockportArtCenter.com, follow them on Facebook, or call 729-5519.

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