Kelly Reyna, gallery owner, college professor and mom, is a new dynamic force in the Lubbock arts industry. You may have seen her work as a popular muralist throughout the “Hub City” at a local favorite, Picoso’s Mexican Kitchen, and at the newly opened brick and mortar location for the beloved Tamale Lady.
Kelly graduated with her master’s in fine arts (MFA) from Texas Tech University (TTU) in December of 2019. She had a vision to open a gallery space in Lubbock for lesser-known artists to share their work. The perfect location nestled in the Cultural Arts District on Mac Davis Drive became available and Kelly quickly began tearing out carpet and repainting floors and walls to prepare the space for use, it was finally ready.
Once completed, her home studio was moved to the new gallery, giving ample room to not only display her pieces, but to work and teach as well. When she is not creating, Kelly is teaching courses at Lubbock Christian University (LCU) and TTU. It has become a passion of hers to help in the development of young talent though her classes.
Kelly is also passionate about bringing awareness to lesser-known talent in Lubbock. Many aspiring Lubbock artists work out of home studios and need a venue to showcase their work. By offering them the gallery space and providing networking opportunities, she is making an enormous impact on many new artists who have never had a space to exhibit their work.
Currently, she is working on a series of autism painting as a tribute to her son, who is the center of her life and inspiration for her creativity. Through her work and her parenting – Kelly seeks to make connections with other families who have children with autism and offer them support. Her dream is to create a non-profit to offer therapy through art as well as gallery space to families who are experiencing autism.
Kelly also does many commissions for both individuals and businesses. One of her larger triptych pieces can be seen at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Nazareth, Texas. If you are interested in viewing Kelly’s work, she will have a solo show at the South Plains College in the Spring and Grey Edges Gallery offers exhibitions throughout the year featuring a variety of work by her as well as other area artists.
For more information, check back to the LCAF website for updates and Kelly’s Facebook page Grey & Sons.