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Cultivate 7twelve gallery owners Rebekah and Jeremy Hagman (left) and business investor Josh Overton open their downtown Waco space to “Transformation,” the first of upcoming monthly shows.

Staff photo — Jerry Larson

Downtown Waco’s latest gallery/artspace Cultivate 7twelve opens its exhibition side this month with roughly a dozen local artists showing their works under the theme “Transformation.”

Cultivate 7twelve owner Rebekah Hagman, along with Rhiannon Rosenbaum, who put together the “Waco 52” exhibition earlier in the year, curated the show, which features a mix of painting, portraiture, photography and abstract panels.

Artists, several of whom have works in Cultivate 7twelve’s shop or studio space in the venue’s second floor, were invited to submit pieces exploring different aspects of transformation.

“We felt like it was indicative of what we’re going through with this space and downtown Waco, too,” said Hagman. “I’m thrilled with how it came out.”

Among the artists represented are Mark Kieran, Rocky Kelly, Carrie Stout, Marsha Wilson, Julie Milstead, Priscilla Henry and Richard Gilbert.

The works will be on display during October with a new show planned for November, part of a planned monthly series of shows for the new downtown gallery. “Transformation” officially opened during First Friday activities Oct. 6, but a grand opening for the space is scheduled for December, she said.

The downtown gallery also will host the Art Center of Waco’s new exhibition, “This, That Or The Other: Emerging Trends Or Vernacular In Photography,” with images shown downstairs on Friday, then moving to 7twelve’s upstairs studio and gallery space for the remainder of the month, Hagman said.

Structural problems found last week in the Art Center of Waco’s building on the McLennan Community College campus forced temporary closure of the facility. That resulted in a change in location for the center’s exhibit, one juried by The Society For Photographic Education — South Central.

Tribune-Herald entertainment editor