Stapp Gallery: New exhibit to open next week at Abraham Art Gallery – Plainview Daily Herald

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The Abraham Art Gallery is set to open its season with an exhibit showcasing a local artist.

The STAPP GALLERY: WORKS BY ANDY STAPP is set to open Thursday and will be on display through Oct. 23.

Stapp is regional artist and independent filmmaker who was raised in Lockney. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after graduating high school in 1993. Stapp specialized in nuclear, biological and chemical warfare, and trained Marines by running them through gas chambers on military bases in America, as well as Japan and Australia.

After retiring from the Marine Corps, Stapp returned to Lockney to work for his family-owned automotive body shop, developing an interest in airbrushing.

His contemporary graphic style on the canvas draws heavily from his experience creating elaborate designs on cars, giving the work a clear, high-gloss finish. His subject matter features familiar cinematic characters, bold abstracts, marine life and landscapes, as well as incorporated elements of mixed media. Some of Stapp’s custom work ventures beyond the canvas, bringing objects such as mini-fridges, fiberglass surfboards and marlin replicas to life.

Stapp began pursuing art more fully, traveling across the States to create artwork for the International and National Hot Rod Associations for drag racing, and was the principal artist for the UGG Boot company. He has also participated in car-building competitions and appeared on TV shows such as Car Warriors, Search & Restore and Overhaulin’. His most recent project is a feature-length film of his original screenplay, Marfa.  In filming the movie, Stapp used the downtown areas of Lockney and Plainview as a familiar West Texas backdrop for the sci-fi film, as well as casting area residents as extras in the movie. Stapp directed and produced the film which is soon to debut nationally, and a trailer for the movie will be available for viewing in the gallery, along with a variety of his airbrushed works and paintings.

The Abraham Art Gallery is located on the atrium level of the Wayland Baptist University campus library. Those interested can visit the gallery Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 2-5 p.m.

Right now the gallery is asking that groups not exceed more than 10 individuals. Tours must also be scheduled by appointment.

In compliance with state and local reopening guidelines, the university and the gallery are following procedures for disinfection approved by the Centers for Disease Control to help keep the facilities clean and safe. Everyone is required to wear a face mask on campus while practicing social distance.

For additional information, call (806)291-3710.