An art talk by a Baylor University painting professor and an exhibit by a group of professional Waco artists bring new touches of visual art to downtown Waco this week.

The talk comes courtesy of Baylor art professor Winter Rusiloski and the temporarily homeless Art Center of Waco. Rusiloski, a painter, came to Baylor last year from Fort Worth, where she co-founded the alternative art space deadWEST. She will discuss her work and approach to art.

Waco art fans may have seen some of her work already. She had a painting in last year’s “Waco 52” exhibit that was shown in Waco and at the state capitol in Austin, and presently has a work in the current 2018 Biennial Baylor Art Faculty Exhibition at the Martin Museum of Art in Baylor’s Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. That exhibit closes on Sunday.

Her talk is part of the Art Center’s strategy to keep art on the community’s radar after losing the use of its building on the McLennan Community College campus last fall.

A structural failure in a load-bearing exterior wall caused the shutdown of the center at that time due to safety concerns. Since then, Art Center staff have been working out of office space in downtown Waco’s Cultivate 7twelve arts space as they and board members search for a new location.

Art Center program coordinator Claire Sexton said Tuesday’s talk by Rusiloski comes as the Art Center looks for new ways to promote art in Waco after the loss of its exhibition galleries. “We’re looking to stay out in the public’s eye,” she said. The center has continued its kids classes and some of its adult classes, with plans to hold its summer youth camp as well.

The public’s eye is what’s desired in the Professional Artists of Central Texas’ Designer Showcase exhibition at Cultivate 7twelve this week. The show, subtitled “Fine Art For Waco’s Fine Homes,” is aimed at showing new works by PACT members.

Works on display include paintings, photography, ceramics and clothing. Participating artists are Joanna Burch, Joel Edwards, Kay Skipper Reinke, Kimberly Merck-Moore, Karen Cruce, Linda Filgo and Judi Simon. In addition to an opening reception on Friday, the exhibit also will feature an open house and artists’ demonstration on Saturday and a designer/real estate happy hour on March 1.

Tribune-Herald entertainment editor