Coppell Arts Center presents the COLOR STUDY art exhibition

In an exhibition titled Color Study, three artists, James Helms, Jennifer Pickett and Meera Thamaran will be featured in the Mr. Cooper Lobby Gallery at the Coppell Arts Center, 505 Travis Street. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Coppell Arts Council and Coppell Creatives. The exhibition will be on view from August 16 to September 25, 2022, with an opening reception scheduled for Wednesday, August 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. This exhibition presents three artists who make color an important component of their work.

James Helms, a Coppell artist, has been creating art – drawing, painting, sculpting and experimenting with film, animation, photography, video and mixed media – for over forty years. He also had a career in design for over 20 years, first in art direction and graphic design, and more recently in software design. In 2018, he started experimenting with watercolour, India ink and other water-based pigments like fodder inks, traditional Chinese silver black and acrylic. His work captures movement and inspires contemplation. James has also exhibited at Artspace 111 and the New Texas Talent show at Craighead Green in 2021.

After earning her BA in Communication Design from Baylor University, Jennifer Pickett began her career as a graphic designer and art director. But her dream job has always been to be an illustrator and visual artist. Jennifer quit her “day job” shortly after the birth of her first daughter and draws and paints from her studio in Dallas, Texas. Jennifer’s work is inspired by the places she has been and the things she notices around her that have a unique color, texture, perspective or meaning. In the spring of 2019, two of his paintings were chosen to hang in the Founders Foyer art exhibition at the offices of the DCCCD Foundation. She also received an honorable mention at the 2021 Innovation League Student Art Exhibition and the 2022 Spring Student Exhibition at Dallas College, Brookhaven Campus.

Meera Thamaran is also a Coppell artist. She is a rising senior at Hockaday School. Meera pursues art as a form of authentic creative expression, exploring her thoughts on human relationships, emotions and nature and translating vague ideas from theories into concrete visions on canvas. She finds inspiration in the lush, mossy alcoves, the creek in her garden teeming with frogs, snakes and eerie nymph statues, and human emotional expressions, such as the toxicity of instant gratification and overworked happiness or the complexities of mortal fear. With a dual emphasis on abstract and realist art, her work depicts themes using acrylic paint and acrylic ink on canvas, wood and tile as a stand-alone composition or diptych. Meera recently participated in the Locally Sourced exhibition at the Coppell Art Center.

Located in the heart of Coppell’s Old Town, the Coppell Arts Center serves as the anchor entertainment venue for the new commercial and residential district. The center is home to five resident art companies: the Ballet Ensemble of Texas, Coppell Community Chorale, Coppell Creatives, Coppell Community Orchestra, and Theater Coppell.

Featuring six multi-purpose halls, the 30,000 square foot facility offers a diverse mix of performances, productions and events. The 442-seat Main Hall hosts concerts and touring productions, the 196-seat Black Box Theater creates opportunities to experience intimate theatrical productions, and the 2,000-square-foot multi-purpose ballroom provides space for the citizens of Coppell to gather for art exhibitions and nightlife events. The Cherie and Jim Walker Pavilion at the Grove Performance Plaza provides outdoor community space for special events with views of Old Town Coppell.

The center is part of the city of Coppell’s 30-year plan to provide citizens with world-class entertainment and nightlife. It was built and designed by Corgan Architects in collaboration with Schuler Shook and Jaffe Holden. For more information, visit www.coppellartscenter.org or find us on Facebook and Instagram. Join the conversation by following #coppellartscenter and #oldtowncoppell.

Coppell is known for its small-town atmosphere, and no place exemplifies this better than Coppell’s Old Town. Located in the historic quarter of the city, the old town stands at the roots from where the community started in the early 1880s, the original townsite. Residential homes, businesses, and restaurants line the streets, creating a vibrant, walkable community and charming gathering place clustered around a beautiful town square. Welcome to Coppell Farmer’s Marketthe Coppell Arts Center and several shops and restaurants, visitors and residents of Old Town live, work and play in this vibrant new community that captures the essence of Coppell’s historic roots and quality of life.

For more information, visit http://www.coppelltx.gov/about-coppell/old-town-coppell.

William E. Bennett