With an infectious smile, a can do attitude and a true love of art, Lone Star College-Kingwood's new Gallery Director comes on board ready to roll.
Kristine Larson, or Kris as she likes to be called, had barely learned her way around the LSC-Kingwood campus when she was directed to put together the annual fall faculty art show last month.
"It was a great way to get to know the faculty. I'm so impressed by the level of talent here at the college," she says, adding, "It's amazing to be here and doing what I love."
One of the things she loves best about her new position is being a part of the college environment. "I love being on the campus, being a part of campus life. On my way into the gallery this morning, I heard the music students rehearsing in the theatre and it was so beautiful. Where else can you have an experience like that on your way to work?"
One of Larson's main goals for the gallery is to have it become an asset to the community. "I want to magnify the presence of the gallery in the community. I don't think a large part of the community knows what a gem they have right here. They don't need to drive downtown to see fine artwork by both up and comers and established artists. And our exhibitions are free! "
Larson graduated from the University of Houston's School of Painting in 1979. She says she went right into the retail side of the business because she had already led the bohemian life of the artist and was at a different point in her life.
She worked as buyer and store manager for a group of art and framing stores in Houston. There she had the opportunity to work with different genres of art in many price ranges.
Before coming to LSC-Kingwood, Larson was a small business owner for seven years. She operated a gallery space and custom framing business in Spring, Texas which featured the work of regional artists. Her gallery also hosted annual exhibitions for high school students in the Spring Independent School District.
She describes the Art Gallery at Lone Star College-Kingwood as a teaching gallery whose primary mission is to provide exhibitions which support and enrich college curriculum, events and programs. The Gallery exhibits work from LSC-Kingwood's own talented visual arts students, faculty and professional artists alike. She plans to magnify the presence of the art gallery in the community and make it an asset to the area.
"Without art, everything is black and white," she concludes.
Currently the art gallery is showing the photographs of Tom Morrissey. These moving black and white photos give stark descriptions of the emotions shown by visitors to the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial. "Between the Lines: Photographs from the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial" will run through November 14. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on weekends.
For more information contact the LSC-Kingwood Art Gallery at 281-312-1534.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.