The El Paso Museum of Art won't be the only art space showing works by three generations of one family.
The Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, will open a new exhibit of works by El Paso artists Fern Thurston, her son Eugene Thurston, and granddaughter Holly Cox.
The show, called "3 Generations," opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the gallery and will be up through April 30.
Fern Thurston, who died in 1956, was a teacher and painter known mostly for florals and landscapes, painted in oil. She was a charter member of the El Paso Art Association, organized the Women's Club's Art Study Group and participated in the first Sun Carnival Exhibit in 1949.
Her son, Eugene Thurston, who died in 1993, is the best known of the three. He started out as a commercial artist but became best known his paintings of Southwestern landscapes. His work is included in several collections, including the El Paso Museum of Art, the International Museum of Art and the UTEP Library. He also was a teacher and a past president of the El Paso Art Association.
Holly Cox is a working artist, known for her abstract paintings, who learned at the feet of her grandmother and father. She's also an expert on early El Paso and early Texas art, who cowrote "Into the Desert Light: Early El Paso Art 1850-1960," a companion to the exhibit of the same name at the EPMA, and "Guide to Early El Paso Artists." She also is a past president of the EPAA.
The show is free and will be open from noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon-7 p.m. Thursdays.
A gallery talk is planned for 5-7 p.m. March 21.
Call 533.9090 or go to halmarcusgallery.com for more information.
The EPMA, by the way, is showing "The Wyeths Across Texas," which features works by N.C. Wyeth, his son, Andrew Wyeth, and grandson, Jamie Wyeth, plus a couple by Andrew's sister, Henriette Wyeth Hurd.
Go to elpasoartmuseum.org for more info.
In other art news:
• Author, painter, illustrator and former EPMA curator Bill Rakocy will be the subject of a 60-year retrospective of his art March 29-April 20 at the Crossland Gallery, 500 W. Paisano.
The exhibit will include more than 20 oil and watercolor paintings, plus four of Rak's murals.