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Gallery Main Street's 'Architectural Aesthetic' Exhibit opens Saturday

TYLER, May 8, 2014— Gallery Main Street’s newest art exhibit, “The Architectural Aesthetic,” will open Saturday, May 10, at the gallery, 110 W. Erwin St., in downtown Tyler.

The opening will be celebrated with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

“This exhibit celebrates some really interesting art pieces,” said Beverly Abell of the City of Tyler’s Main Street Department, “but it also highlights something else important to our work: historic preservation.”

Abell explained that May is National Historic Preservation Month. Given that a large part of the focus of any Main Street downtown revitalization program is historic preservation, it was thought that an exhibit of photos of downtown buildings on the National Register of Historic Places was very appropriate to the exhibit and this time of year.

“People have no idea of just how many buildings we have on the National Register, and also those listed statewide and locally,” Abell said. “We’re going to highlight a few favorites during the show in addition to pieces juried into the Architectural Aesthetic exhibit.”

More than 20 works of art by 10 area artists will be part of the exhibit. Acrylic, oil, photography, mixed media and assembly pieces will be included. This untitled artwork was submitted by David DiPaolo.

Gallery Main Street, operated by the City of Tyler Main Street Department in cooperation with the Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition and Heart of Tyler, opened in 2009. Every eight weeks, the gallery features a new art exhibit.

Artwork is selected for exhibit via juried process. Artists submit digital images of their work for consideration by a jury, which scores each piece based on its own merits of skill in execution and adherence to theme. The top-scoring pieces are accepted for exhibit, and the piece that receives the highest score is named Best in Show.

Prospectuses for all 2014 exhibits are posted at www.DowntownTylerArts.com.

Those who want more information on gallery exhibits should go to the website or call 903-593-6905.

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