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    Leon and Molly Bee Collins: Recollections

    Presented by at Redbud Gallery

    July 11 - August 30, 2009

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    Leon and Molly Bee Collins:  Recollections

    Redbud Gallery presents Leon and Molly Bee Collins: Recollections, July 11 thru August 30, 2009. Opening Saturday, July 11, 6 – 8 PM.

    This opening is special for two reasons; This is a father / daughter exhibition and this is their first show in an art gallery. The Texas artist’s work is from their hearts and imaginations. Neither is trained as an artist, instead their paintings are ”recollections” of stories, events, places, characters and ideas brought to life in brilliant color.

    Leon’s need to paint came about because of an “unusual life situation”. One morning Leon lost the ability to speak and his sight. For two years he lived in darkness and fear. He never lost his faith though. Miraculously both returned at the same time. It was at that moment he decided to paint “to keep the darkness away.” His daughter, Molly Bee, encouraged him to paint his poetry and that is why she is the light of his life.

    Molly Bee acquired her nickname at the age of two. Named after Leon’s great-great grandmother’s sister, the first Molly Bee lived to be 119 and died in 1970. Her first memory was of seeing her parents chained together at a slave auction. She lived a rich, full life that she shared with Leon. It was these stories that Molly Bee began to paint in her own style at the age of nine. In 2007 a family friend, Duane Garner, asked her to paint something for his antique store which proved to be a wonderful idea because Molly has not stopped since. Molly Bee is a teenager, but tells stories with the “color of life.”

    Please visit the Gallery and listen with your eyes as their painted surfaces talk to you.

    Pictured:  detail “OX “, 24 x30” . Acrylic on panel. 2009. Molly Bee Collins.  (full image, below).

    Redbud Gallery

    303 East 11th St.
    Houston, Tx 77008

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    Admission Info:

    Free Event

    General Day and Time Info:

    Exhibition Opening Reception:
    Saturday, July 11

    Regular Gallery hours:
    Saturday-Sunday 12noon-5pm

    Visitors can view exhibitions at any time through the store front windows without entering the gallery or call 713.862.2532 to arrange an appointment.

    Phone: 713.862.2532

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