Main Street Pop Up Gallery Fills Unused Space and Void in Downtown Palestine

Main Street Pop Up Gallery Fills Unused Space and Void in Downtown Palestine

PALESTINE- Local and regional artists have come together with Palestine Main Street to provide a pop-up gallery in Downtown Palestine. The artists have occupied an unused space, but also filled a void. Fifteen artists have provided their works, which will be on display for one weekend only, beginning today with an opening reception from 4 – 6 p.m. at 112 W. Oak St.

“This is an out-of-the-box concept for us,” said Laura Westgate, Main Street Manager, “and everything just fell into place. Rick Farris donated the space for the pop-up gallery during ‘Christmas in July’ and local artists thought it was the perfect time.”

Every artist brings a specific energy to the space. Palestine Main Street’s Pop-Up Gallery has a diverse collection pieces from acrylic to fractal on display. Some pieces will also be available for purchase at the gallery this weekend.

If you are under the impression that owning your own piece of art is too expensive, think again. Artist committee chair John deBessonet has created pieces that are high quality, but also affordable.

“I feel that everyone should be able to buy original art. Art is for everyone,” said deBessonet.

DeBessonet’s mixed media creatures are sure to be a hit with young an old alike. Each creature appears to have a unique personality, and as if it could come to life at any moment. DeBessonet gathers bits and pieces of the forests and constructs brilliant woodland creatures.

“I go for walks in the woods, and I let the woods speak to me,” deBessonet said of his gathering process.

Dianne Master has been dedicated to painting for the last 12 years.  Masters has provided a collection of traditional acrylic paintings to the gallery.

“I paint because I absolutely love it. It’s my bliss,” said Masters.

Rebecca Rowntree, another local artist, has also contributed to the gallery. Rowntree’s work incorporates photos with paintings. Rowntree explained her process of creation, in which she allows her work to take its own direction. For instance, in her piece “Thunder Rose” she explains the piece had a mind of its own.

Kris Holt has also teamed up with Palestine Main Street, bringing her exceptional ceramic pottery and vibrant acrylic paintings to Downtown Palestine. Holt’s hand crafted penguin entitled “Father” is sure to only be at the gallery a limited time before someone purchases it.

“I also take commission requests,” said Holt, who will gladly craft someone a specific piece.

Several artists in the pop-up gallery can be commissioned for special pieces. If you see a piece you like don’t be afraid to ask the artist to make a piece you will love.

Pop-up’s are a new concept in economic development to utilize open spaces and allow the temporary usage of the space. Art galleries, furniture boutiques, performance artists, specialty foods, and holiday stores have “popped up” all over the country.

There will be a wide array of art on display and for sale. The gallery will feature acrylic, oil, photography, watercolor, ceramic and mixed media. Art will range from abstract to realism and everything in between.

Artists displaying work will also be working the gallery each of the three days as part of their contribution. 

The gallery will feature the works of:

  • John deBessonet, acrylic and mixed media
  • Deanna Frye, watercolor
  • Shirley Hiser, silhouette artist and pastels
  • Kris Holt, ceramic and acrylic
  • Lisa Rachel Horlander, acrylic and mixed media
  • Mildred Johnson, oil
  • Greg Laudadio, photography
  • Pearl Martin, oil
  • Dianne Masters-Hare, acrylic
  • Bea Mattox, acrylic
  • Martha Reed, acrylic
  • Beck Rowntree, mixed media and photography
  • Barbara Tidwell, acrylic
  • David Warriner, fractal artist
  • Michael Yanez, graphic art 

The Main Street Pop-up Gallery is sponsored by the City of Palestine, Palestine Economic Development, Palestine Main Street and Farris Investments. 

For more information or to be part of the projects of the local Main Street program visit, or call (903) 723-3014.

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