BALLINGER - The featured Artist for April-May at the Art Gallery in Ballinger is Tom C. Orsak.

BALLINGER - The featured Artist for April-May at the Art Gallery in Ballinger is Tom C. Orsak. He was born in Texas and lives in the farming community of Harriett just east of San Angelo. Orsak enjoys painting the beauty and heritage of West Texas. The harshness of drought, the promise of spring plus historical and unusual sites which are just a few of the many inspirations he uses for his paintings.

He was a dedicated studio artist for many years until recently venturing into Plein Air, a French term for painting outdoors on site. In doing so he discovered that being on location makes the whole world a canvas waiting to be painted. Orsak was a competitive artist in the 2016 En Plein Air Texas and continues to be a strong advocate for the event. His art demonstrates the benefit of outdoor painting as it relates to the studio.

Orsak's work is for sale at the gallery as is the art of area members Shirley Minzenmayer of Winters, Phyllis Poe of Bronte and Louise Drennan, Gayle Vancil, Jean Smith Hensley, Queba James, Lue Kraatz, and Doris Studer, all of Ballinger.

Stop by the Art Gallery in downtown Ballinger, and see the new exhibit of paintings by members of the Mid-West Texas Art Guild. The display is changed every two months to show the variation of talent.

Don't pass up this opportunity to experience this fantastic display of paintings. Look for the Art Gallery in the Cook Professional Building, 804 Hutchins Ave. in downtown Ballinger. The hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Friday hours may vary.