Artist Abroad

Hand Layered Mixed Media Art by Denise Buisman Pilger

PRESS RELEASE Written by Alice Adams


CORSICANA, TX---In a bold move that counters well-established trends across the visual arts community, Corsicana’s new Jordan Art Gallery, which opens Oct. 1st, will be introducing new and emerging artists to the world.

Under the leadership of Connie Jordan, a successful artist known for her work in the abstract, the new gallery opens the door of

opportunity to deserving artists from Texas, the U.S. and several foreign countries.

“I’ve been truly blessed in my own career,” said Jordan in a recent interview. “Now it’s time I give back…to do something for artists who struggle for recognition…for talented individuals who are producing exciting new work that needs visibility and recognition.

Jordan, a native Texan, will open Corsicana’s first and only gallery at 112 N Beaton St., a main thoroughfare populated with antique shoppes and other local businesses.

The artist, whose own works will be exhibited in Paris as the new gallery opens, began her mission to helping unknown artists soon after her book, “Repaint Your Life: Create a Life in Art,” co-written by author Kathryn E. Eriksen was published. “Every time I would speak about my book, artists from every genre would come up to me afterwards and ask same questions: “How do I get into galleries?” and “Am I good enough?”

After scores of speaking engagements and hearing the same questions, Jordan’s vision of a gallery for talented new artists began to take shape, along with her desire to give the encouragement and inspiration much like she had received when she began her own career..

The new Jordan Gallery will ultimately house 54 artists and will feature four headliners, Brian Davis, Erik Berthelsen and Aditi

Samarth as well as some of Jordan’s own works.

Other artists featured include Selma Durukanoglu -- Istanbul, Turkey, Lynn Soehner – Hawaii, Denise Buisman-Pilger – The

Netherlands, Annie Allen -- Lincoln Montana, Tanja Dugas – Dallas, Kim Fonder – Tulsa, OK, Samiran Sarkar – India, Patricia

Clowdus – Dallas, Elise Wilson – Longview and Barbara Jones and Stephen Farris – Corsicana.

“I’m trying to break the mold,” the new gallery owner said. “If you have talent, I’ll walk you through the process, step by step.”

A special reception for artists and media is planned at the gallery on Oct. 17 from 7-10 p.m. A grand opening for the public will

follow on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“For me, helping other artists realize their lifelong goals is a seeing a dream come true,” said Jordan. “My vision is a gallery where the excitement of discovery – for the artists and collectors, alike – will be business-as-usual