How an Emerging East Texas Artist Beat Breast Cancer and Made Her Dreams Come True
In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, I am proud to introduce an amazing abstract artist, who also happens to be a stage III Breast Cancer Survivor. Her name is Kelly Gowan, and she is someone you are definitely going to want to follow.
Earlier this year, Kelly was accepted in the prestigious Fort Worth Main Street Arts Festival, where more than 1,500 artists applied and only about 215 were accepted. By the end of the weekend her booth had sold out, and the event proved to be a springboard from which she hasn’t slowed down.
Her styles are unique with jaw dropping large pieces of abstract resins that look like oceans or marble geode rocks. She slips into her painting zone where she mixes resin with various mediums and inks, while utilizing a blow torch and heat gun to achieve the end results. She also does abstract acrylics utilizing water and movement to create unique pieces. These crazy acrylics are done outside where she can be as messy as she wants. Her paintings are all created from feelings of the moment. The images formed during the process can betray many different emotions, but you will see in her work it is mostly peace, happiness, and strength. She has successfully worked with clients’ homes and businesses to come up with pieces of art that truly add beauty to the environment and she welcomes commissioned work.
Kelly is excited to have her first art exhibition in Tyler. If you enjoy art, food, and drinks, you should come see her October 14th, 1-8pm, at Tyler Innovation Pipeline, 217 E. Oakwood St., Downtown Tyler, just blocks from the activities of Tyler’s main street and across from the Tyler Transit Department and Cotton Belt Depot.
Drinks are being donated by True Vine Brewery, and there will be some local food trucks as well. The Tyler Innovation Pipeline is housed in an early 20th century building that was completely renovated with all new state of the art technology and machinery for an entrepreneurship shared space of the community’s freelancers, consultants, and Shark Tank want-to-be’s. Gowan’s art is now on display throughout the entire building and is also for sale. There will be auctioned art on October 14th during the monthly Hit the Bricks event Downtown, as well as other pieces and prints you can purchase and take with you.
Kelly’s art is displayed in a growing list of other East Texas locations as well. As part of its interior renovation, Wasabi’s Sushi Restaurant off Broadway and Donnybrook Ave. is hosting a six-month exhibit of Kelly’s pieces throughout the restaurant that are for sale.
Her pieces are also featured in what she calls “a hidden gem for great pizza” at Moe’s Pizza near Holly Lake Ranch. Moe recently renovated his restaurant after a flood, and the modern new interior design with tall ceilings and gorgeous cedar beam accents make for a great place to hang some of her art.
Kelly Gowan is an amazing example of what happens when someone goes through a life altering experience, such as breast cancer. She went from owning a staffing company, living in Dallas, to fulfilling her dreams of living on a lake and painting. But before she got to where she is today, she was truly put to the test of life with cancer.
Kelly was only 31 and had two babies in diapers in 2005 when she was diagnosed with the most aggressive type of breast cancer, stage III, in her lymph nodes. Her cancer was detected because she felt a lump while taking a shower. Initially it was thought to be related to recently having had babies, but later found out it was cancer. Before she knew it, her life spiraled, and she had a port installed to administer chemo, a lumpectomy, which did not get all the cancer, a bi-lateral mastectomy, radiation, reconstruction, and after care.
She is here today as a testimony to anyone going through cancer, to never give up and to follow your dreams. She believes very strongly in the power of prayer and staying positive. All that she went through helped bring her to where she is today.
When not creating resins in her inside studio, she loves to be outside with her paint, canvas, and water. Not only the water in the lake giving her inspiration, but she is a messy painter who uses water with various mediums to achieve a specific look such as in the painting of a tree she called “Strength.” “Strength” was actually a painting she submitted to apply as an artist in the Fort Worth Main Street Art Show.
Strength is what Kelly truly represents. Prints of this painting will be for sale at her exhibition on October 14th at Tyler Innovation Pipeline.
For more info about Kelly’s journey of art and life go to kellygowan.com or find Kelly Gowan Art on Facebook.
Sept. 21st: Trout Fishing in America Peace Concert
The 6th Annual “Art Of Peace – Tyler” is September 14th-23rd. Come out and celebrate Peace and Community spirit.
The 8th Annual Art of Peace festival has grown from an afternoon of programs to a week long series of peace-activities and programs throughout Tyler. This is a community-wide event to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace (officially on September 21st) and to encourage community spirit. The aim of the Art of Peace – Tyler is to promote a spirit of cooperation and community through fellowship, dialogue, music, poetry, and art.
By date, here are the events planned for this year’s festival events. All events are free unless noted.
Friday, September 14th
Honk for Peace, 12 noon-1pm
Downtown Square in Tyler
Every Friday on the Downtown Square in Tyler, a group of people dedicated to peace hold signs encouraging us to wage peace and not war. The Art of Peace is proud of their weekly vigil and this year, we are going to join them. Make a sign of your own and join the group to promote peace in Tyler.
Saturday, September 15th
Day for Kids, 10am-2pm
Boys & Girls Club of East Texas at Southside Park – off the Rose Rudman Trail, Shiloh and Donnybrook- Tyler, TX
Visit the Art of Peace – Tyler booth at the annual Boys & Girls Club of East Texas Day for Kids. Bring your family for interactive art projects and write peace messages on boards for the next Habitat for Humanity of Smith County home.
Monday, September 17th
Peace Meal, 6:00pm
Tyler ISD Career and Technology Center, 3013 Earl Campbell Pkwy., Tyler, TX
Celebrate Peace by joining community members, peace advocates, and new friends for an open table meal and uplifting program to celebrate peace! Dinner will cost $12 per adult and $8 for college students and younger. Space is limited. You may register and pay for your seat on tylerpeace.com. If financial assistance is needed for this event, please send a private message through the contact page on the website. Spread the word around and help grow this wonderful event!
Tuesday, September 18th
Meditation: Bridging the Heart-Mind Divide, 5:00-6:45pm
Tyler Public Library – Taylor Auditorium, 201 S. College, Tyler, TX
Take time to explore inner peace at this inspiring Art of Peace presentation, followed by a session of Heartfulness Meditation led by UT Tyler instructor and meditation trainer Gayathri Kambhampati. This event is co-sponsored by the Tyler Public Library.
Tyler Talking Together, 7-9pm
The Foundry Coffee House – 2nd Floor, 202 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX
Promote peace through relationships. Come have meaningful conversations about race. Participate in facilitated activities with people from different backgrounds and races. By getting to know fellow Tyler residents, we help to dispel stereotypes and fears to build strong, supportive communities for all residents. Come prepared to share your stories and experiences through conversation. This event is co-sponsored by Tyler Together Race Relations Form.
Thursday, September 20th
Songs of Peace, 6:30-9:30pm
Stanley’s Famous BBQ, 525 S Beckham Ave., Tyler, TX
Enjoy an evening of great BBQ and live music, while you get to know local peace advocates at one of Tyler’s favorite gathering spots. Dinner will be on your own. Music will be provided by: Eric Mosley, Connie Mims Pinkerton, Eric George
Friday, September 21st
Peace Pole Dedication, 12 noon
Rose Rudman Park, 450 Shiloh Rd., Tyler, TX
Commemorate the U.N. International Day of Peace by helping dedicate the 2018 Art of Peace annual Peace Pole being installed at Rose Rudman Park. The program includes interfaith prayers, songs, readings and messages of peace spoken in a variety of languages. The peace pole is co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Tyler and artist Kerian Massey.
- 2017 – Tyler Peace Pole may be seen at Bergfeld Park.
- 2016 – Tyler Peace Pole may be seen at the Woldert Park next to the Glass Recreation Center.
- 2015 – Tyler Peace Pole may be seen at the Duane Andrews Peace Garden at the St. Paul Children’s Foundation.
- 2014 – Tyler Peace Pole may be seen at the Tyler Rose Garden. It is currently being replanted.
All of the current Peace Poles have been lovingly donated by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Tyler. If your church or business or school would like to place a Peace Pole, please let us know and we would love to add it to our list of poles in the Tyler area.
Peace Concert: Trout Fishing in America, 7pm
Liberty Hall, 103 E. Erwin, Tyler, TX
Celebrate Peace Day with uplifting entertainment by the award-winning musical duo, Trout Fishing in America. Their delightful performances speak to young and old alike, with a blend of music and storytelling, sprinkled with trademark humor. This is music for people who take their fun seriously. Four-time Grammy award nominees, Trout Fishing in America has been performing music for 3 decades that get kids and adults alike singing and bouncing along. In addition, they also delight children with their arresting physical appearance: Ezra Idlet stands at a whopping 6’8″ tall, and Keith Grimwood remains roughly 14 inches shorter than his bandmate. With songs like My Hair Had a Party Last Night and When I Was a Dinosaur, Grimwood and Idlet are “the Lennon and McCartney of kids music” – Kathy O’Connell, NPR.
After the concert, we will form and photograph our annual Art of Peace LIVING PEACE SIGN on the DOWNTOWN SQUARE. The concert is co-hosted by Liberty Hall. Tickets are available for purchase online at tylerpeace.com.
Sunday, September 16th-23rd
“Peace” Art Exhibit
Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 South Mahon Avenue – Tyler (on campus of TJC)
“Our 2018 Art of Peace visual art exhibit is presented in cooperation with the Tyler Museum of Art, where selected art will be on display from September 16th–23rd. The exhibit is free and open to the public during museum hours; Monday through Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays 1-5pm.
“Apertures of the Mind: Works by Abhidnya Ghuge” at TMA
This Month at Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler TX
The Tyler Museum of Art (TMA) is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus.
Regular TMA hours are 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday, and 1-5pm Sunday. The Museum is closed Mondays and most major holidays.
“Apertures of the Mind: Works by Abhidnya Ghuge”
The Tyler Museum of Art is proud to present the first large-scale museum exhibition of an emerging East Texas talent with “Apertures of the Mind: Works by Abhidnya Ghuge” from September 7th-December 2nd. Admission is free.
Born in India, Ghuge is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Tyler. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Tyler. Inspired by a blend of Indian henna designs and imagery from her previous medical profession, Ghuge’s work explores themes of community, time, and value.
“Apertures of the Mind” features hand-carved woodblocks, ink and gouache drawings, and mixed media wall pieces. The exhibition also will include a site-responsive installation constructed out of woodblock-printed paper plates. Ghuge’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. Her work can be found in public and private collections in India, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Support for “Apertures of the Mind” is provided by Collectors’ Circle-Gold Sponsor Sheryl Rogers Palmer.
Members and special guests are invited for a first look at the exhibition during the Preview Reception from 5:30-7pm Thursday, September 6th at the Museum.
“This & That: Recent Acquisitions”
The Tyler Museum of Art was the recent beneficiary of an extraordinary opportunity to bring back more than 30 works dispersed from the Permanent Collection of The Contemporary Austin. This will be on exhibit September 30th-January 6th, 2019.
Family Days: September 8th, October 13th, November 10th
Free admission, interactive art projects, light snacks and a festive atmosphere for all ages are on the menu from 2-4pm the second Saturday of each month with the Tyler Museum of Art’s Family Day.
First Friday: September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd
The first Friday of each month, the TMA offers a full day of free admission plus guided tours of its spotlight exhibitions at 11am. From contemporary Texas art to Hudson River School to Andy Warhol, each tour is unique.
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