Gallery Verde

The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Gallery Verde, 417 S.Oakes


This commercial building was constructed in the early 1920's and over the years has been the location of a number of retail businesses. The property had gone into severe decline and virtual abandonment until 2002 when it was acquired by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. In a joint venture with the Upper Colorado River Authority, the museum restored this building and for over seven years it was used as an education center by the UCRA. The museum will now operate an art gallery at this location. In recognition of the numerous environmentally based exhibitions and programs that have taken place here, we have decided to name the space Gallery Verde.

Gallery Verde InsideGallery Verde is looked upon as a gallery of the museum and is to be used to highlight the work of outstanding individuals, groups and contemporary collections. Exhibitions in Gallery Verde will provide educational content, inspiration and information to the community in accordance with the museum's mission. The gallery space is meant to create awareness in all aspects of environmental knowledge including human social interaction and concerns. Artists, groups and collections are expected to be of the highest qualities and presented professionally.

Our premier exhibit features over forty works created by leading artists from around the country who participate in the museum's first national "En Plein Air" competition. Fittingly the artists have reflected on the constructed as well as natural environments of our region.

If you are interested in exhibiting your work and feel your work meets the above criteria, please contact Shaydee Watson at 325-653-3333. You can also email for more information. 

Upcoming Events:


 The Pacific Gyre series: A Project About Consumption and Loss
by Omisade Amy Gerhauser

Exhibit Opening: December 15 at 6:00 pm
December 16, 2017 - January 18, 2018
Weekends only - Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday 1 - 4 pm (Closed Christmas Eve)

Omisade Amy Gerhauser's Pacific Gyre Series deals with issue of plastic debris in the ocean; pre- and postconsumer plastic waste breaks down into small pieces and is indefinitely trapped in swirling oceanic currents called gyres. The plastic is consumed by marine animals such as the Albatross who starve due to the indigestibility of plastic.
Becoming aware of this environmental problem has caused me to pay attention to the amount of plastic that flows through my household as well as avoid buying it whenever possible. I started saving plastic bottle caps as a way to make visible our pattern of consumption and incidental waste and the ever-growing pile of boxes full of bottle caps in my studio is disheartening. These works also include fragments of an Albatross skeleton, references to Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and a map of the Northern Pacific ocean.
 Whether making sculpture, installations, or drawings this body of work always involves the combining of many small parts or images into a larger whole. Mold-making, casting, arranging objects, crocheting wire and attaching bottle caps, and drawing using stencils are repetitive techniques that make accumulative forms and images possible. Certain sculptural works in this series are open-ended; over time more parts will be added and the installations will be larger and more complex each time they are exhibited. The additive processes used in making this series mirrors the slow, continual increase of the environmental tragedy and is also a physical manifestation of penance, meditation on loss, and hope for a solution.
In this exhibition there is a ‘Plastic Selfie’ station set up where visitors are invited to use their smartphones to take a picture of any/all plastic items carried with you and text your photo to the artist. Photos will be printed and added to the Plastic Selfie wall in the gallery and on Instagram and will become part of this exhibition.

 Patrick Saunders Oil Painting Workshop
February 9 - 11, 2018

9 am to 4 pm (with a break for lunch)
Gallery Verde, 417 S. Oakes St.
$325 per student, 15 student maximum
Deadline for Registration: January 15, 2018

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Explore the essential techniques for painting from direct observation and photography with award winning painter Patrick Saunders. Learn to paint any subject, from the most simple to complex with one approach. Patrick will demonstrate the process of simplifying the subject and moving to finish as rapidly as possible in order to add more energy and excitement to your painting. Students will learn about composition, value, texture, color temperature and accuracy in paint application.

Each day will begin with a short lecture and full demonstration, followed by one on one instruction with students.Class size is limited to 15, so that each student can receive the maximum amount of interaction with the instructor. A suggested materials list will be provided prior to the class.

If we do not reach the minimum amount of students to fill the class, the workshop will be cancelled on January 15, 2018. Anyone registered by this date will receive a full refund and will be notified. 



 Past Exhibits:


Colores Latinos
(November 2 - 5, 2017) Art Show and Sale benefiting the Lake View High School and Lincoln Middle School Mariachi Program. Artists include Anthony Fuentez, Dario Avalos, Gabree Torres, Michelle Cuevas, Raul Ruiz, Wendy Woodring, and Yolanda Rayos.

Kevin Stanford: Iron Like Clay
(October 5 - 13, 2017) Forged art objects created using traditional and contemporary blacksmithing techniques. Found iron brought to life and exploration of the plasticity of iron at hight temperatures.

John Hemphill: Images of The International Waterlily Garden and More
(March 31 - April 4, 2017) John Hemphill, local photographer, has had an abiding interest in San Angelo's International Waterlily Garden and he has made four different shoots of the garden, capturing the special qualities of light available at sunrise, sunset and late on a cloudy afternoon.

Concho Valley Photography Club Group Exhibit
(February 16 - 25, 2017) A collection of photography by artists Ernie Charlesworth, Todd Clary, Jana Jenkins, Mickey Lanty, Charles Luker, Christine McCormick, Jackie Thompson, and Bill Yeates.


West of Eden – Gallery Exhibit
(December 9 - 15, 2016) Collaborating artists Eric and Morgan Grasham combined taxidermy with ceramics, painting, and digital media for this contemporary cabinet of curiosities.

Best Friends II
(November 4 - 30, 2016) A collection of photography catching a special moment in time of man's best friend, the dog. The photographs were on loan from The Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas and from the collection of Alice and Bill Wright.

Billy Merry Art's Debut Gallery Showing
(September 23 - 24, 2016) Abstract Acrylic Paintings

West Texas Chronicles Exhibit by Tom C. Orsak
(September 15, 2016) 2016 EnPleinAir TEXAS Competition Artist Gallery Show

PASA Spring Sale
(May 19, 2016) Featured both new studio and Plein Air paintings.

Emily Leonard
(May 12-14, 2016) Emily was in town as part of a collaboration with the San Angelo Civic Ballet production, We Are... She painted an orginal piece live onstage during the event. At the same time, she had an exibit featuring original oils and prints of abstract and impressionistic landscape art at Gallery Verde.

Narrative Offerings
(April 15th - 17th, 2016) A group show featuring 11 ceramic artists. Alejandra Almuelle, Jolea Arcidiacono, Susan Bell, Ovidio Giberga, Pat Johnson, Marianne Levy, Billy Ray Mangham, James Tisdale, Jamie Lea Wade, Jess Wade, and Amanda Wood.

(January 29 - 30, 2016) Solo show by JoElla Mendez. Featuring mixed media and abstractions on canvas.


Photo Journeys: 32 Years Through Small Texas Towns
(November 19 - 29, 2015) John Mattson and Karen Zimmerly's exhibit of photos of small Texas towns. "Our photographs are our homage to time and the irony that can come from the contradictions inherent in transformation."

Second Annual EnPleinAirTEXAS National Juried Painting Competition
(October 25-November 1, 2015) 2014 Grand Prize Winner Ray Hassard, Cincinnati, Ohio, the 2015 Invited Artist, and 34 Competition Artists from across the country, juried in by Marc Hanson, nationally acclaimed Plein air artist, will compete for $13,000 in prize money this week. For more information visit

(September 17-19) Paintings that grab a moment in time painted by San Angelo PASA artists. The gallery show featured local EnPleinAir artists JoNell Richardson, Leslie Sealey, and Jack Price.

(May 2015) Husband-and-wife artist team Eric and Morgan Grasham exhibited new works that played with visual reality in Flirting With Spacetime.