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O'Kane Gallery Wins Award for Fall Exhibit

The O'Kane Gallery recently won an award for its exhibit, "The 'Left Bank' on the Bayou: Avant-garde Art and Theater in 1930s Houston." The Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA) recognized the exhibit for promoting the preservation, study and appreciation of Texas visual arts and its history, matching the organization's mission.

O'Kane Gallery Director, Mark Cervenka, stated, "We are honored that CASETA has recognized our work on this exhibit. CASETA has a long and robust history of supporting collectors, historians, curators, artists and passionate friends of early Texas art. This era of Texas art often is understudied and we were extremely happy to contribute to a broader understanding of the development of art and theater in Houston during the early and mid-20th century."

The exhibit was shown last fall and featured a rich history of visual and performing arts imagery. Several progressives in Houston believed that avant-garde performing and visual arts had a place in the Bayou City. The exhibit reflected the diverse and innovating thinking from a variety of artists and performers of this period -- most notably, Margo Jones. Jones' passion inspired a group of visual artists to further the development of modern art in Houston.