Visions of Santa – Billy Keen
December 6 @ 10:00 am - December 28 @ 5:00 pmFree
The Rockport Cultural Arts District presents:
A one-of-a-kind exhibit containing 42 unique images of Santa Claus, painted one per year since 1974.
What began as an explanation about an art method evolved into an annual tradition. Billy L. Keen was demonstrating to a co-worker how the Old Master painters used a method called underpainting to achieve flesh tones. Because the season was Christmas, Keen decided to use Santa Claus as the subject. Keen hung the painting in the room of his one-year-old son. The following year he painted a new Santa for his second son. By the third year, it seemed like a “neat thing to do.” After that, it became a tradition continuing through today.
The body of work has been exhibited far and wide at the holiday season and covered on television’s Texas Country Reporter in 2003 when there were only 30 paintings. In 2015, the City of Schertz will host a reception to meet the artist and unveil this year’s image.