Lindy Chambers paintings and Luke Sides sculpture at Valley House Gallery

Lindy Chambers

TWO EXHIBITIONS OPEN JUNE 27:

“Lindy Chambers: Obscura” and “Luke Sides: A Gluttonous Past” will open Saturday, June 27. Meet the Artists by appointment on Saturday, June 27, 11:00am-5:00pm.

Both exhibitions will be on view Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm, through August 15. We will be closed July 4th to celebrate Independence Day. .Call 972-239-2441 or email gallery@valleyhouse.com to schedule your appointment.

Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden
6616 Spring Valley Road, Dallas, Texas 75254

Preview Lindy Chambers’ exhibition at https://www.valleyhouse.com/thumbnails.asp?mode=page&idx=243.

LINDY CHAMBERS: OBSCURA

“Most of my inspiration comes from rural Texas. My focus begins when I leave the highway pavement and drive on dirt and gravel roads in the country. I am oddly drawn to the obscure habitats and curious color combinations that I find off-road. Before every painting, I make a series of black-and-white thumbnail sketches. When I start to paint, the color is intuitive, and the process is spontaneous. I try to listen to the canvas and react to it. If I overthink the painting, it is likely to end up in Danny’s burn pile.” —Lindy Chambers

Valley House Gallery is pleased to welcome back Lindy Chambers for her third solo exhibition. Born in Tennessee, Lindy, an identical twin, spent her youth drawing and riding horses before moving to Texas in 1972. Her early focus on sculpture shifted when the foundry she built to cast her own bronzes burned to the ground. She turned to painting, inspired by rural trailer life around her Bellville, Texas, home. The trailers, where dogs and goats once ruled, are now peopled with human activity: playing games, mowing the yard, bike riding, gardening, family reunions, going to drive-in movies, watching flying saucers, etc.

Upcoming solo exhibitions of Lindy Chambers’ work will be held at the Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, Kansas; Women & Their Work, Austin, Texas; and the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas.

Preview Luke Sides’ exhibition at https://www.valleyhouse.com/thumbnails.asp?mode=page&idx=244

LUKE SIDES: A GLUTTONOUS PAST

“My work has dealt with Pigs, Puppies, Pastries, Peppers, and Portraits, but most importantly PUNS. I feel my work is greatly influenced by the Funk movement with a little Pop component. Pigs have been an interest of mine from a very early age after reading Animal Farm and raising pigs as a child for FFA. I have always seen my sculptures of pigs as self-portraits. The gluttonous nature of pigs resonates deeply with me. In the past, I ate myself into a state of obesity and high cholesterol. The combination of these things and a deep family history of heart disease were not enough to curb my appetite. On the other hand, pigs are extremely smart. Pigs are survivors to the point that feral pigs and wild boars have become a real problem for rural communities across the US. Although King Pig is cast in bronze, many of my pig sculptures are cast in pig iron. All these aspects make the pig my spirit animal. I have embraced my shortcomings and work daily to rectify them, but I also embrace the tenacity of the pig and see that as my strongest trait.” —Luke Sides

Valley House has represented Luke Sides’ sculpture since 2011. Luke was born in Dallas in 1975 and earned his BFA (1998) and his MFA (2001) from the University of North Texas, Denton. He has been a Professor of Art at Collin College—Plano Campus since 2002.

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