|ARCHWAY GALLERY // MAR04 // 5-8PM
|Andrea Wilkinson and Christie Coker 's exhibition, WILD, will be on view March 4 through March
30, 2017. The artists will be available to visit with guests during the opening reception on
Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 5 – 8 p.m. with an artists’ talk at 6:30 p.m.
“All the wild world is beautiful, and it matters but little where we go, to highlands or lowlands,
woods or plains, on the sea or land… or in the sky.” This quote by John Muir serves as inspiration
for Christie Coker and Andrea Wilkinson as they express their love of nature. WILD is a
collaborative effort combining Wilkinson’s exquisite sculptural portraits of wild animals with
Coker’s textural landscape paintings which are evocative of the environs in which these
animals live. In the words of Muir, each artist believes that “…keeping close to Nature’s
heart is a way to wash your spirit clean.”
Coker’s works of art in this collection are inspired by the spectacular landscape and animals
of Yellowstone National Park, as well as the landscape and animals found in rural areas of
Texas. The paintings are acrylic on textured surfaces with the creative process unfolding
spontaneously as they develop. As collaborative partners for this show, Wilkinson and Coker
like to find ways in which they each show their own version of an animal; Wilkinson showing
the animal in 3-D and Coker showing the animal in a 2-D format where its environment is
Wilkinson’s sculpture features North American wildlife. Wild animals are magnificent and
accessible, the Tetons or Yellowstone Natioanl Parks embrace moose, elk and bears. She is
inspired just knowing that they are there, still living the wild life and fitting so perfectly into
their wild environment. In Wilkinson’s sculpture, whether it is bronze or papier mache, she
tries to capture what it is about wild animals that so fascinates her and share that with
viewers, forming a connection between the wild and us.
Christie Coker received her degree in Education with a specialization in Art from Lamar University.
In addition to post-graduate hours in the field of art, she has also studied at the Glassell School in
Houston and has participated in workshops that encourage artistic growth. After a successful
career as a classroom art teacher, Christie served as Curriculum Director for a local non-profit
organization providing art enrichment for children in the greater Houston area. Currently, she
is focused on producing art full-time with artwork included in private collections in the United
States and abroad. Christie Coker has been represented by Archway Gallery since 2001.
Growing up in Oklahoma, Andrea Wilkinson’s love and interest in animals led her to major in
Zoology in college and later to volunteer as a docent at the Houston Zoo. As an artist, she is
naturally drawn to animals as subject matter for her sculpture. Her art training comes from
attending numerous workshops in New Mexico and Arizona and classes at the Glassell School
and Art League Houston. She works primarily in two media, clay to be cast in bronze and
Wilkinson is represented by Archway Gallery in Houston and Galleries at the Broadmoor
in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her work is included in collections both public and private.
Featuring Sculpture by Andrea Wilkinson and Paintings by Christie Coker
March 4 – March 30, 2017
|Archway Gallery, one of Houston’s and the nation’s oldest artist owned and operated galleries, is
located at 2305 Dunlavy and is open Monday – Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm
and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm.