Those who know her well are familiar with Joanne Guest Wilson's talents as an artist, something not so well-known in the community at large. But that is changing with her exhibition in the Joanne Guest Wilson Gallery at the University of Houston's Blaffer Art Museum.
More than 200 friends and family gathered at the museum for the opening of her exhibition that includes more than 100 works of art, mostly oil and acrylic in the impressionistic style. The works, inspired from family travels and her morning jogs in Memorial Park, cover three decades of painting.
Wilson studied fine art at UH and earlier this year, the gallery was named in her honor. The UH family connection is deep. Her husband of 64 years, Welcome Wilson Sr., is a UH graduate and has served as chairman of the UH Board of Regents. Their son, Welcome Wilson Jr., now serves on the university's Board of Regents.
Among those admiring Wilson's talents were Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Kelli and Eddy Blanton, Dr. Tom Biggs, Penny and John Butler, Anne Hoy, Pat Oxford, Mary Jo and Terry Hunt, Robert Sakowitz, Cindi Proler, Sam Ray and Paula Arnold.