Artist shares, discusses works at LSC-Kingwood

Toby Topek’s “Panorama” works will grace the walls at Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Fine Arts Gallery from May 19-June 24. The artist, a well-respected artist in Houston, will shed light on her artwork during the opening and artist talk on Thursday, June 10 from 12 to 2 p.m.

Topek has studied archaeology, art, architecture, the environment, culture and history in Mexico, the Mediterranean, North Africa, Near East, Adriatic, Brazil and Canada. Her work is included in the following collections: Texas Research Institute of Mental Science, Lighthouse for the Blind, Whitney First City Tower Bank, Wilson Industries, Transco Energy, Shell Oil and private collections in the United States, Mexico, Greece and Turkey.

“Panorama” is an unobstructed and wide view of an extensive area in all directions. It is an extended pictorial representation or a cyclorama of a landscape or other scene. It is also known as a comprehensive survey; as of a subject’s mementoes of experience such as specimens from historic sites; wonders of the world; rivers and deserts, photographs, plastic bags, drawings, sculptures and more.

“I started out in the mid 1980’s with a strong desire to find out something about the world, to experience foreign cultures.  The passage of time, the ongoing of personal observation - seeing what is around me - looking at what is around the world, seeing how each of us views ‘the other’ is present in my work,” Topek said.

The artist is currently vice president of the Artist Rescue Mission and in the past, was involved in the Houston Women’s Caucus for Art, the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County, and the Holocaust Education Center. In 1990, she was an Iris Siff Women of Achievement Honoree for the Oral History Library of Houston.

Topek’s exhibition will take place in the LSC-Kingwood’s Fine Arts Gallery on Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be closed on the weekends. For more information on the showing, call 281-312-1534. The gallery is located in the Student Fine Arts building.

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