Laura Briseno, The Garden

By John Kaiser III – Navarro County Gazette

On October 21, 2021, Navarro College art professor and department chair Laura Briseno was struck by a moving vehicle while she was crossing the street after her usual morning breakfast with her mother. After an extensive stay in the hospital, Briseno has been back home recovering in-between numerous doctor follow-ups and rehabilitation therapy that continues through to this day all while continuing to teach and work towards her PhD.

Briseno turned to her art as a means to aid in her recovery and keep her mind busy while stuck indoors healing. This has resulted in her latest gallery exhibit, The Garden, which opens at the Pearce Museum at the Cook Center this Thursday, Jan. 20, and runs through Feb. 17. The Pearce Museum is located on the Navarro College campus and is located at 3100 W. Collin Street.

A reception for Briseno’s exhibit will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Thursday, Jan. 20 at the Pearce Museum.

When discussing her new collection, Briseno says that “The Garden stems from my personal experience of recovering from a near death experience. During my weeks of physical therapy of learning to walk again, I spent a lot of time indoors and daydreaming of the garden. Each tiny panel is a moment of positive relationships in a time of healing. The colors represent relationships between space and ground. Maybe these gardens only exist in space and that’s why we find tiny floating particles of star dust?

Each tiny panel is a moment of positive relationships in a time of healing.

In addition to The Garden, Briseno’s other collections Life in Kerrville and Corsicana Post Cards will be on display and available for purchase.

Corsicana Post Cards represent the stories of a rich oil booming town called Corsicana.

If you are interested in purchasing any of Briseno’s works, please Venmo her (@Laura-Briseno-6) with the # & Title of the artwork. All artworks will be available for pick-up after Feb. 17. Note: Non-Venmo users can send her an email at: laura.briseno@nvarrocollege.edu.

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