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Stefani Job Spears (Opening Reception) – MBAW Art Gallery

9 March | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free & Open to the Public, Tickets Required for Entry

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An exhibition featuring the abstract oil paintings and mixed media works of Texas artist Stefani Job Spears in an exhibit that ponders the often abstract beauty of nature, its underlying structures and elegance, and the intuitive, mesmerizing effect it can have on those who take the time to dwell in those magical moments of observation. The exhibit is presented in conjunction with Contemporary Art Month.

This opening reception is free with wine, bites and music at the MBAW Art Gallery!

On view from 9 March – 31 May 2024 by appointment.
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View the Works Online
(starting 9 March)


In the fully abstract oil paintings, complex arrangements of bold-colored, irregular dot patterns reflect both the cell structure of plants and the beauty of galaxies. In the mixed media works, handmade and printed papers – often imbedded, printed, or embellished by hand-drawn botanical elements – are layered, arranged and altered to reflect the human impulse to categorize, capture, and recreate the sense of wonder we often derive from organic forms and textures. All artworks courtesy of Stefani Job Spears and Art Gallery Prudencia. (Photos courtesy of Seale Studios.)


Stefani Job Spears

Stefani Job Spears holds a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She has been teaching Visual Arts throughout the state for thirty years. As an artist-in-residence for the Texas Commission on the Arts, Spears developed curriculum and fine art standards for public schools. In addition, Spears has taught Art, and developed events and programs for the Southwest School of Art and Saint Mary’s Hall. Her innovative art works frequently cross media boundaries, combining handmade paper, printmaking, oils and watercolors that reflect her love of nature and landscapes.

Artist Statement
Once I discovered a three-leaf clover with a diamond dewdrop resting on its surface, magnifying the webs of intricate cell work and reflecting tiny spectrums of color. I think I was in first grade and nonetheless, remember trying desperately to save it. It had to be captured; it had to be preserved. Miraculously, it had the heat of the desert sun long enough to be treasured and recognized as “a thing of beauty.” Its life was tragically brief and beautiful. As my inspection of the world gained perspective I began to realize that reproducing nature, copying nature’s sublime beauty was an impossibly futile effort. Nature has the remarkable ability to change each season, each day, each moment.

The works have developed from a penchant to explore the strangely paradoxical, symbiotic relationship between man and nature. This is reflected in the simultaneous uniting and fracturing of compositional elements. Color is the primary character in my prints, oil paintings and watercolors, leading me to explore the fractal possibilities found in nature.

When we look at a work of art, we see only ourselves; whatever we feel, whatever we believe is what we see before us.

My intention is not only to create a thing of beauty, but a sensation, a recollection, a different perception, a glimpse inside ourselves and souls.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are tickets required for entry?
Yes, but they are free!

How do I get a ticket?
Tickets are available on this page or on Eventbrite.

What do I show at the door/check-in?
To help our attendants, please have your ticket ready when you get there. Attendants will be ready to scan the QR code located on your ticket (print, email, or app). If you lose your ticket, please tell the attendant your first and last name.

What if I forget to register?
An attendant at the door can help you register quickly and easily. We do not turn away guests if space is available.

What are the current health protocols I need to follow?
Masks/social distancing is not currently required.

How do I get to the gallery? Where do I park?
Please visit mbaw.org/art/#location for detailed directions. We are located in the Grey Oaks office park on an I-10 frontage road moving south in Leon Springs (see address), right after Las Palapas and Sun Auto. We share the complex with Farmer’s Insurance and other tenants. Parking is free.

Is the location ADA-accessible?
No, currently the office park is steps only. Our staff will be available if you need any assistance with walking up steps.

Any other questions?
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9 March
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free & Open to the Public, Tickets Required for Entry
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23705 IH-10 Frontage Road, Suite 101
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