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Duo of museums found closer than some might realize
Ennis residents seeking to view quality art need not venture to Dallas or Fort Worth for the experience. There is both a gallery and a museum just down the highway in Corsicana.
The Pearce Collections Museum, located on the campus of Navarro College, is undergoing improvements during its closure for the holiday season. The Western Art Gallery at the Museum will be repainted and a new hanging system will be installed for the art collection, according to a press release from Navarro College.
When the museum reopens on Jan. 20, there will be three new temporary exhibitions on display. “War on the Water” will tell the story of the Union and Confederate Navies, the blockade and the battles of the Monitor and the Merrimac during the Civil War.
The “Defending their Honor: Men of Color in the Civil War,” will feature the perspectives of African Americans serving in the Union Army.
In the art gallery, “Don’t Squat with your Spurs On: A Little Cowboy Humor,” will reflect the lighter side of cowboy life.
The Pearce Collections Museum operating hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturdays noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children 3 to 18. Admission for students with a proper college ID is $4 also. The museum is free to students, faculty and staff of Navarro College or Texas A&M-Commerce at Navarro College. Active military members are also free with ID.
The Jordan Art Gallery, located at 112 N. Beaton in Corsicana, opened Oct. 17 and is owned by popular abstract artist Connie Jordan.
The reason behind opening a gallery was to provide a way to give up-and-coming artists a chance to display their work, she said.
“The Jordan Art Gallery is based on giving artists a chance to show their work,” Jordan said. “It’s very hard to get into galleries. I don’t believe in starving artists. I want to give artists a chance to sell their work.”
She opened the gallery with help from her husband. It is Corsicana’s first gallery dedicated totally to the visual arts.
“The gallery has everything from abstract to realism to sculpture,” Jordan said. “This is the only gallery with all of these within 50 miles.”
The gallery features Jordan’s works as well as works from 43 artists from around the world. There are artists from Egypt, India, Turkey, Canada, the Netherlands and Germany. There are also artists from the United States, Jordan said. The gallery currently displays between 300 and 400 works of art.
Of course, there are works from local artists as well, including artists from Corsicana and artist Lea Marlin from Ennis.
Marlin uses acrylic paint on canvases, and embellishes her paintings to make them 3-D, according to Jordan.
“Her art is very cool,” Jordan said.
When artists heard Jordan was opening a gallery, many contacted her to have their work displayed. People in the art community all pretty much know each other, she said.
Many well-known artists whose works are displayed in the gallery are on commission. This means that Jordan is responsible for getting their works sold. She receives 40 percent from the sale of these, she said. Other artists rent wall space from Jordan for $200 a month.
Jordan’s gallery has been getting a lot of attention from the media. Alice Adams, an art critic living in Austin, wrote an article about the Jordan Art Gallery that was published in newspapers in Waco, Austin, Houston, Dallas and New York.
“Without a doubt, the new Jordan Gallery offers something for every style and every taste,” Adams wrote. “Moreover, its walls filled with the realization of dreams for artists from every walk of life … and of course, the culmination of Connie Jordan’s vision … offering artists a gallery opportunity that, for many, had been an impossible dream.”
The gallery offers many activities, including an art contest for students and free art lessons for kids. The winner of the Jordan Gallery’s First Annual Art Contest was Amanda Bartan, a senior at Corsicana High School. She was awarded $1,000. There are 36 kids taking free art lessons at the gallery. They are learning oil, acrylic and sketching. There will be an art show featuring the kids in March.

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