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Roughton Galleries hosted an opening party presenting its newest exhibit, Texas Modernists, which features a dynamic collection of works by four of Texas’ most important 20th and 21st century artists: Otis Huband, Mark Lavatelli, Margaret Putnam and Dan Rizzie. The exhibit runs through Tuesday,
May 30.

“This is really a continuing adventure for us,” said Brian Roughton, the gallery’s founder, president and director. “My wife, Kayla and I were familiar with Huband, Lavatelli and Rizzie, but had never seen Margaret Putnam’s works until just a couple of years ago. We fell in love with her. Her artistry blew us away. She had won just about every award possible and had persevered through her ALS (Lou Gehrig’s) disease to continue painting. She was painting on the day she passed.  She even made her own paper. So, we pursued learning even more about her, located her estate and family and got to know them, as well. We are thrilled to include her works in this new exhibit.”

Putrnam’s daughters, Karen Putnam Kinnison and Dorothy Putnam Darrah attended and gave a brief presentation about their lives growing up with such a dedicated artist and their involvement in helping their mother in the waxing process of her fabulous batik artworks and more.

Joining Kayla and Brian was their daughter, Devan Roughton, assistant director of the gallery and friends Jenny and Randy BaileyClaire and Dwight Emanuelson, Terry Gwin, Bill Hutchinson, DeeDee Lee, Haden Shibley, Madeline Shibley, Roxanne and Scott Shibley, Scott Shuford, Shannon Wynne and more.

The Texas Modernists exhibit reinvigorates the celebration of the galleries’ holdings. These active compositions reveal a tangible energy and overpowering diversity, offering an insight into each artist’s psyche. Visitors will experience a voyage of discovery as they journey through the salon.

Roughton Galleries is housed in a 1931 two-story Spanish Colonial which was designed by renowned architects Foshee and Cheek, who also designed the renowned Highland Park Village. The complex houses the gallery as well as the Roughton family residence, which went through a three-year process of renovations, redesign and construction, resulting in the charming urban retreat it is today.

Located at 3702 Fairmount Street in Dallas, hours of operation are from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday or by appointment. Visit the web site at, email or call [214] 871-1096 for more information.

About Roughton Galleries: Kayla and Brian Roughton, along with their daughter, Devan, announce their first major exhibit since Brian returned to the gallery full-time after a three-year stint at Heritage Auctions which concluded in 2014. Titled Texas Modernists, the exhibit reintroduces the galleries’ different aspects of its collection to private and corporate collectors, designers and art enthusiasts.

Roughton Galleries has been in business for over 44 years in Dallas, Texas. Brian Roughton, founder and president of the gallery, is considered an expert in both 19th and early 20th century important American and European paintings. He is a past board member of FADA (Fine Art Dealers Association), supporting member of IAGA (International Art Galleries, Association) and a Certified Member of IFAA (International Fine Art Appraisers.

The gallery specializes in 19th and 20th Century American and European Paintings. Consultations, advisory services, appraisals, framing, lighting and installation are available to both private and corporate collectors.

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* Photos by Dana Driensky.


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