in Art Feature Article
Irvin interviewed at Bayou City Art Festival
in the Montgomery County Courier
Left: Ping Irvin holds her Best of Show Ribbon for the
2007 Rockport Art Festival
Photo by Pamela Fulcher. Right: Irvin's "Emerald Day,"
oil on canvas, 48"x48"
Sunday, July 8th, 2007
2007 Rockport Art Festival Winners Announced
ROCKPORT, TEXAS -- While unpredictable weather washed
away the plans of many visitors to visit Rockport over the
Fourth of July holiday week, it certainly didnt dampen
the enthusiasm of exhibitors and attendees when it came
to the annual Art Festival, sponsored by the Rockport Center
for the Arts.
Now in its 38th year, the festival has grown to include
a broad spectrum of mediums from more than 125 artists across
In addition to showing and selling their artwork, exhibitors
are also judged by a jury, comprised of Steve R. Maness,
Sharon Forsythe and Rebecca Bridges-Rice, with ribbons and
cash awards given to artists who are designated Best
of Category in their respective medium and special
recognition to one individual for Best of Show.
This years Best of Show was awarded to
Ping Irvin of Sugar Land. Ping has painted all her life.
She graduated from Yunnan Art College in 1982 and was given
professorship in 2003. She is strongly influenced by Europe,
echoing Paul Klee, Henri Rousseau, and Botticelli. Frida
Kahlo is also referenced.
In China she is listed in Whos Who in Modern
She has sold work to collectors all over the world, including
China, Thailand, Japan, Germany and the United States. In
2005 she came here to marry artist Craig Irvin.