Gallery Artists

 

Henry Bergeson, wood arts (kaleidoscopes), Colorado

Henry Bergeson says this matter-of-factly as the snow falls gently on his mountaintop home. During his youth, Henry developed a love for things mechanical. He took his love and ability to a new level with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

He was uncomfortable, though, with the analytical "hands-off" approach to engineering. Through the "real world" job experience, he developed a sense of the design. He was laid-off during the downturn in business in 1987, so he packed up and moved west. In Colorado, his new home, he followed his intuition and tried his hand at kaleidoscope building. And, well…the rest is in the making.

 

http://henrybergesonkaleidoscopes.com/

Courtney Gray, jewelry, Austin, TX

Courtney's passion for custom jewelry design evolved in a natural progression from her studies of sculpture and artistic metal work.  She began using copper and steel in her collegiate studies of art metals and welding technologies.

 

Though Courtney spends most of her time creating custom jewelry and keeping up with two young sons, she still finds time for her first love, metal sculpture.  Her commissions from custom metal pieces range from beautiful interior design lighting sculpture and sconces, to the more quirky and fun found object metal masks. 

 

Just like a modern Wonder Woman, Courtney finds balance between her worlds of teacher & custom jeweler, wife & mother, and singer-songwriter with the local band Suburban Beat.  While most of her friends and colleagues are not sure how she does it all, they are sure that she especially devotes herself to infusing all her worlds and artistic endeavors with positive energy, good intention, and most importantly, love.  This is where Courtney truly succeeds. 

 

http://www.courtneygrayarts.com/

Mullanium, found object art & jewelry, Pompano Beach, FL

Jim and Tori Mullan combined their individual talents and formed a partnership in work and in life.  They are now married, dividing their time between their house in Florida and their cottage in Pennsylvania, along with their dog and three cats.  Their fascination of birds, nature, and antiques is still present today and their vast collection of vintage hardware, bird carvings and watches fill up a 3300 square foot studio in Pompano Beach, Florida.  Tori and Jim’s collections of jewelry, boxes, mirrors and bird sculptures can be found in over 1000 galleries, museum stores and specialty stores worldwide.

 

http://mullaniumbyjimandtori.com/

Judy Harding, watercolor/acrylic, Bastrop, TX

I have been a part of a wonderful group of artists in Bastrop for a few years now .
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Education.
It is stimulating and a challenge to make the something from nothing.
To start with a blank paper or canvas and try to end up with an emotion or feeling
found only in humans is remarkable. To help someone feel good is a true blessing.

Joan Klasson

Joan Klasson was born and raised in Brooklyn New York. As early as five years of age she began communicating creatively through painting and drawing while attended an art enrichment program at Pel’s School of Art in Manhattan, NY.

She attended Boston University, School of Fine Art where she studied and trained in classical art working primarily with realistic images and medical illustration. She later transferred to the University of Texas at Austin, School of Fine Art and began to experiment with purely color based as opposed to image based painting.

In the early 70s she began to experiment with color field painting.

Inspired by the works of Morris Lewis and Paul Jenkins, she immersed herself in the study of concepts of light, color, density and continual changed. These impressions have continued to drive her talent and artistic expression. 

The concept of water prism, the breaking of light as it passes through water came from conversations with her scientific doctor Father. She began to utilize her knack and ability for manipulating various color combinations by pouring layer upon layer of acrylic paint on unprimed canvas. The outcome was the building of dense surfaces with a parallel depth to that found in water as light passes through its bottomless and most shallow places.

In 1978 she earned her fine art degree and fine art teaching certificate K-12 from the University of Texas Fine Art Department, Suma Cum Laude. Between her studies, raising a family and traveling throughout Europe, United States, Canada and Mexico she began her elementary art teaching career with the prestigious Eanes school district in Austin, Texas. 

 

http://joanklassonart.com/

Jurgen Maerz, jewelry, Hawkins, TX

Born into a family of jewelers in Germany, Jurgen began as a bench jeweler at a very young age.  Today he is an independent consultant, looking back at over 45 years of service to the industry. Jurgen J. Maerz is a Certified Master Bench Jeweler, and is the fourth person in the US to receive this designation. 


Jurgen has lectured in South Africa, taught at the University of Central England in and has presented seminars in Vicenza, Italy. His articles have been published in several languages in major trade magazines throughout the world . He is the author of the award winning books "The Platinum Bench" and "Adventures at the Bench", a selection of "how to" articles in AJM magazine. Jurgen  is a popular and frequent speaker at many trade shows throughout the world.

 

http://www.creativeside.org/instructor/details/46/jurgen-maerz

Renate Kasper, mixed media, Paige, TX

Renate's preferred subject matter includes rocks, eggs, fabric, and most recently, hands in various poses.

 

Throughout Renate Kasper's art career, she has experimented with almost every media available to her. After working with pen and ink, clay, wood, fibers, beads, found objects, and almost every paint or chalk imaginable, she returned to her original medium, the pencil. In her childhood, she always felt most comfortable with a simple #2 pencil, and began drawing before she could even sign her name. Imagine her delight when she discovered how many different graphite pencils were available! A whole new range of gradations could be achieved with so many pencils of varying hardness. A single drawing may contain as many as a dozen different pencils.

 

Renate's work always starts with watercolor paints which usually takes only a few minutes to apply. The paints are allowed to dry completely before beginning the tedious graphite pencil details. In contrast to the painting step, the graphite work takes dozens (if not hundreds) of hours, depending on the size of the piece. Renate estimates her 'pencil speed' at about a square inch per hour! Lastly, the backgrounds of Renate's work are usually painted in using 4-5 layers of flat acrylic paint. This creates something of a negative space, juxtaposed with the intricate details to set them off more.

 

Renate has won numerous awards and has shown in galleries in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Santa Fe, NM.

Marie Blazek, pottery, Bastrop, TX

Marie has been in the clay arts business for over forty years. She has honed most production pottery skills, explored decorative techniques and kiln styles and gone through several artistic stages. Each has been illuminating and interesting.


As a culmination of these years, she finds herself designing specialized containers: funerary urns with their requirements for size and closure, and Ikebana flower arrangement vases with specific guidelines for form and style.


The constraints toward function in each case have provided an additional challenge to meet after years of solving most of the clay technology issues. She continues to learn and enjoy her work while polishing skills.

 

http://www.marieblazek.com/

Roy Brown, pottery, Glencoe, NM

Roy Brown has been involved in the arts for more than thirty years.


With a Masters Degree from Southern Methodist University, he has pursued his passion for pottery and its elevation to an art form through a continuous process of past and present influences from his environment. Roy’s occasional work on a local ranch allows for clarity and insights to the forces he incorporates into his creations. Each original piece has been handcrafted, decorated specifically for you and signed by the Artist.


His studio, Design Origins, is located on the Rio Ruidoso River in Glencoe, New Mexico.

 

Kelley Goldsmith, oil painting, Bastrop, TX

I am an oil painter, mostly of still life in a traditional representational style. Painting is spiritual, connecting mind, body and spirit for me in a way that nothing else can. By honoring my passion to paint, I show my gratitude to the Universe for giving me such a special ability, and also pay homage to the women in my life whose encouragement was so important, but whose circumstances didn't allow them the same opportunities.


http://kelleygoldsmith.com/

Maria Montoya-Hohenstein, mixed media, Bastrop, TX

Those whose lives were touched by the Bastrop Complex Fires of 2011 share a trove of charred experience.

The pieces of broken crockery and remnants of singed photographs trigger remembrance and nostalgia of home and hearth now gone.

Yet, as archaeologists do, Maria Montoya-Hohenstein has plucked broken glass, fractured ceramic, and rusted metal out of the ashes and soot and rearranged them to create an art form dubbed Arteology that involves taking three-dimensional found objects and placing them in a two-dimensional setting to form a mental tapestry whose fragments transport the viewer to life as it might have been before the inferno.

Whimsical? Perhaps. But she believes that Art is the expression of creative skill and imagination and what that process produces. Using that definition, just about everything is art and everyone is an artist. The art elites try to narrow Art's definition by restricting medium. To some, what they will see are broken, burnt and and rusted found objects supported by masonry grout. But it serves to remember that medium does not create the art. The artist does.

Jeri Moore, paintings (acrylic), Austin, TX

My Interest and observations have always centered around people. It seems natural that my artwork becomes manifestations of my thoughts and conclusions. Intrigued by our emotional and mental arena, which is juxtaposed to our daily activities, my desire is drawn to the space that holds the spiritual and physical in place.


To me, color is the energy that lives in all of us to be productive and healthy. The line and form describes and adds the positive element of beauty and poetry. The imagery gives the setting and the setting is my creative house for the life I depict.

John Schaeffer, paintings (acrylic), Bastrop, TX

John Schaeffer has been working as a professional artist since retiring from the corporate world in 2011 and deciding to rekindle his passion for art.  He is a member of the Texas Visual Arts Association, Arts of Rural Texas, and the Fine Arts Guild of Bastrop.  In 2011, he has become devoted full-time to creating fine art.  John works in acrylics in a representational style in which his aim is to express the essence of the subject’s nature.  “My paintings are not photographic representations of a subject, but rather the feeling one might get from gazing on them  for a long period of time.”


John was influenced by his maternal grandmother who was a self-taught landscape artist, and the work of Andrew Wyeth.  He studied the work on the Bauhaus Movement, the Hudson River School of Artists, and was originally an abstract painter from the 1960’s through the 1980’s.  He received a degree in Commercial Art from Southwest Texas State University in 1968, and was an art teacher in San Antonio from 1968-1971.

Frank Weir, oil paintings, Bastrop, TX

Frank A. Weir began drawing when he was a child and did his first oil painting when he was 10. As a teenager he studied art in McAllen, Texas. When he entered the University of Texas at Austin his major was in geology with minors in art and anthropology. After spending three years in the Army, he returned to UT Austin, switched majors and finally received a bachelors degree in art. He worked for a while in the commercial art field, and then spent several years working as an artist for the Texas Education Agency. After his marriage to Diane, he returned to graduate school and received graduate degrees from UT Austin and Washington State University in Anthropology specializing in Archaeology. Although he never abandoned his art, he spent the next thirty years studying and working as an archaeologist in Europe and the USA.

As an archaeologist he developed a very strong interest in Native Americans and the greater part of his subject matter relates to those people. However, he also does portraits, landscapes and still life, and is considered a master religious Iconographer. His mediums are oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink and egg tempera.

Deborah Johnson, painter, gallery owner

Deborah Johnson, painter and owner of the gallery, has been painting professionally for over twenty years.  With a love of history, her favorite subject is architecture but she can be found doing portraits, landscape, or still-life.  All it takes is a bit of light playing across something and she is hooked.  She paints in a realistic representational style that is particularly effective in her reflection paintings that have an abstract quality as they suggest a story in those reflections.

website: http://artconnectionsgallerybastrop.com

Vicky Balcou, mixed media, Bastrop, TX

Vicky has enjoyed a long and varied commercial art career (advertising, book, gift wrap and product design) and though now retired, she devotes her talents to creative decorative paintings in oil, acrylic and gouache.

She likes to work in a series, employing many different styles and techniques.  Currently, she is showing a collection of women in kimonos, mystical abstract landscapes and females and personifications from many different cultures.

Her drawings and sketches, carried by Art Connections, include prints from her many sketchbooks maintained for over 50 years.

Enid Wood, pastel, Bastrop, TX

Colorado native Enid Wood lives in Central Texas and paints landscapes in soft pastel.  After many years of teaching violin, mostly in England, she has a studio in Bastrop, TX and paints full time.  Her popular painting classes are held in both Texas and New Mexico.  Enid's award-winning paintings are seen in exhibitions and private collections locally, nationally, and internationally.

website: http://enidwood.com/

Roberto Ugalde, Oil, Giddings, TX

Roberto was born in Queretaro, Mexico. As a boy in school, he loved to draw. His teachers often found him drawing rather than paying attention to his lesson. But his love of drawing guided him to study at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, INBA, in Queretaro City, Mexico.  Upon completion of his studies, he worked as a commercial illustrator for a calendar company. He began showing and selling his work through commissions and art galleries in Mexico.  He is now a Central Texas resident, currently residing and painting in Giddings, Texas.

Roberto excels his use of medium of choice, oils.  He prefers to paint landscapes, portraits, and still life in a representational manner. However, his new direction finds him experimenting with impressionism. Using concise brush strokes in brilliant to subtle tones, he creates mood and drama in his work that captures the imagination of the viewer.

website: http://robertougalde.com/

Patricia Rendulic, glassware, Cedar Creek, TX

Patricia has been working with glass as an art form for nearly two decades. She tried many styles of glass art and found herself most intrigued by a 15th century technique she saw in a museum art piece and made it her goal to recreate this art form. She has gone to great lengths to recapture this centuries old method that incorporates glass with metals such as gold, silver, copper, and bronze.

She could not find anyone teaching this, but had access to many libraries while attending college.  Her teachers were in the form of the authors of books dated from the 15th to the 19th centuries.  She found paragraphs discussing the techniques included in the art she was trying to achieve.  Collecting all this information, she spent the next 10 years studying the various processes and practiced through trial and error.  At times she had to do research to find modern equivalents for some of the art supplies found in the books.  The stains she uses are made using old recipes and ingredients to mimic the extraordinary staying power used by the masters of the past. She uses pure pounded metals, metal alloys, and minerals. Many times she incorporates historic motifs acquired from her long years of study.

She loves the difficulties and challenges this art form takes on but creates a final product that seems to have just fallen into place. Each piece incorporates as many as fourteen steps and thus takes many hours from design to completion.  So when she is asked how she does this, she has a difficult time explaining as in reality it is a combination of several art techniques, quite a bit of patience, and some artistic vision.

Karen Creswell, photography, Buda, TX

Karen is a native Texan and University of Texas grad who lives in Buda. As an avid photographer, she takes inspiration from her faith; capturing the unique essence of nature and the romantic west in her stylized photography.
"I always search for the 'edge of awesome' in each composition - that fleeting, unique moment captured in a single frozen frame which I hope will inspire, entertain or intrigue the viewer."
Karen uses her photography to create canvas and framed art along with custom canvas art jewelry. She also designs and constructs handcrafted fabric accessories. Karen is thankful for her God-given talents and strives to honor Him through her art. Her charity is the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

Elizabeth Sullivan, watercolor, Elgin, TX

Elizabeth Sullivan has been drawing and painting since childhood.  She grew up around horses, and worked on an Arabian horse ranch in Texas.  Horses are a main subject of Elizabeth’s art and have always been a part of her life.

“I like to paint graceful and powerful motion,” she says, “and horses provide a beautiful subject.  The nature of watercolors is water and water flows.  It is a perfect medium to paint flowing motion.  I paint in layers using transparent colors to increase vibrancy of color.”   Birds, fish and other wildlife also appear in her art, as well as people and parts of their lives.

She started doing art shows in 2001, and plans to continue, as well as produce works for galleries.  Her unique and original style caught the eye of several manufacturers and has now been licensed to companies who have produced area rugs, posters, coasters and greeting cards with her art.  Her murals, on barns in Texas and Missouri, have been published in books.  Several galleries carry her work.  For fun, check out the two cows she painted for Austin Cow Parade on her website.

Elizabeth currently lives and paints in Elgin, Texas.  Often you will find her in various US cities at art shows, sometimes with her brothers and fellow artists, Michael and Patrick Sullivan.

Contact her at her studio: Wild Spirit Artwowrks, Elgin, Texas

website: www.ecsullivanart.com and www.artforaidan.com
Email: ecsullivanart@aol.com

Brian Phillips, mixed media, Austin, TX

I started painting 20 years ago and will paint til my dying day. My style changes often and I have been told to pick a style and stick with it, but I cannot subscribe to that opinion. I don't feel like listening to rock and roll every day, sometimes I feel like listening to jazz, some days country. Some days I want to paint pop art, some days I want to cut up salvaged wood and make art from it. Ideas come and ideas go, so sticking with one style has never suited me, I get bored with it and I wasn't happy doing the same style over and over.  Creating. That's my style. 

website: http://artbybrianphillips.com/

Aralyn Hughes, oil painting, Austin, TX

Aralyn Hughes is both a visual and performance artist located in Austin, Tx when she is not traveling the world in her retirement,  She grew up in a small "peak and plum" town in Oklahoma.
Presently she is editing an anthology of women who survived the culture change of the 1960's, who are now in their 60's changing the culture yet again,  Her stage performances and life coach training business keep audiences laughing and inspired,  Aralyn's curiosity and lack of focus leads her to create abstracts, expressionism, Asian influenced , and sometimes quirky works of art.  Her next work is always a surprise.  Her favorite quote is, "Don't leave til tomorrow that which you are not willing to die leaving undone." -Pablo Picasso 

website: http://www.aralyn.com/

Jo Castillo, painting/pastels, Bastrop, TX

Jo Knoblock Castillo has always had an interest in art and working with her hands.  Her interest is in southwest landscapes and paintings that have connections to her life.  Jo works in most media, but has discovered she really enjoys the special luminosity of pastels. They are tactile, bright, beautiful and long lasting. "Painting with a pastel in my hand is drawing and painting all at once.  My artwork is always evolving, I learn something new each time I create a new piece.  I enjoy painting from life and use my own reference photos just as a reminder of shape or lighting," states the artist. 

website:http://www.jocastilloart.com/

Lee Charlton, fiber arts, Bastrop, TX

Lee is a needle felter and she is addicted to fiber:  sheep, goat, rabbit, alpaca, musk ox and whatever other critter fiber she  can come up with.  
She takes raw fleece, washes it, dyes it, fluffs it and separates the locks as need be and then turns it into critters using tiny, barbed needles to felt (sculpt) the wool.  These critters may be fanciful like gnomes or pixies, they may represent earthly animals like owls, bears, squirrels or bunnies or they may turn into story book characters like Mr. Toad from the Wind and the Willows.  
What is so addictive about fiber to Lee?  There are many reasons:  the smell of sheep in the barn, the feel and smell of lanolin, the varied textures, the infinite lock structure...all are simply joy to her soul.
Needle felting is new to her although she has done many other artisan crafts along the way.  She and her husband have three delightful children each with a wonderful spouse, four grandchildren and numerous grand-puppies.  They live on a small farm west of Bastrop where they raise Lowline Angus cattle, tend a small flock of chickens and have a great vegetable garden. 

Michael Austin, music and paintings, Smithville, Texas.
Michael’s music is a blend of jazz and folk music executed on a mellow “licorice stick” and showcases Michael’s creative words and unique vocal style.  His paintings and his music express his philosophy: “The magic of the moment inspires the execution and is embodied in the work.”  His paintings are bits of found objects, feathers, kite-tails, all employed as catalysts and lend to the whimsical catharsis. Michael’s charity of choice is a fund at Larryland Music to replace musical instruments lost in the Bastrop Wildfires.
website: www.moonhouserecords.com/michaelaustin.htm

Kathy Callaway, bronze sculpture, Fayetteville, Texas
Kathy has been sculpting since high school.  After receiving an art degree from SMU, she turned to subjects that she loved best, horses and her sons.  Recent sculptures show her continuing love and understanding of animals and children.  Her series of “little people” sculptures capture the personalities of children in bronze and cold caste bronze.  She can do these wonderful pieces from your treasured family photos.  Kathy’s chosen charity is “ARTS” providing arts education for children in rural Texas.

Ebbesen Davis, sculpture, Austin, Texas
For over a dozen years, Ebbesen Davis has been making sculptural objects by combining stereo (3D) photographs with wood, copper, light sources, and other elements. Davis uses film and digital cameras to create both representational and abstract content. By placing photography outside the frame of conventional expectations, these interactive objects often draw the observer into captivating and unanticipated experiences.
website:  www.ebbesendavis.com

Sandra Grove, fabric art, Friendswood, Texas
Sandra has been creating with fabric and textiles her whole life.  As an accomplished seamstress she has designed theater costumes.  She has designed and made countless quilts and both knits and crochets.  The gallery is fortunate to have her knitted scarves and hats to provide that beautiful yet practical gift for yourself or one you love.  Sandra’s charity is Joyce Meyer’s Hands of Hope which builds water wells in Third World countries.
Judy Hawes, jewelry and paintings, Bastrop, Texas
Judy creates beautiful jewelry.  At a time when many people are stringing beads, Judy creates.  Her pieces show an understanding of design that makes them unique in presentation.  She features handmade glass beads in many of the necklaces and earrings that are one of a kind.  She also paints and displays these works frequently in the gallery.  Judy supports a mission in Kenanga Uganda and the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry.
Peggy Jo Hilburn, glass, Bastrop, Texas
Peggy creates with glass and produces works that range from elegant floral pieces to crisp contemporary ones to fun, funky bugs.  Both useful and decorative, her works are sure to please as gifts or collections.  She also is making works from the burned trees of the recent wild fires.  Her charity of choice is Austin Pets Alive.
Herschel Hill, author, Taylor, Texas
Herschel took up writing after retiring as a small business owner.  The gallery features his fifth book, “A Hick from the Sticks” about growing up in East Texas during the Depression.  This informative as well as entertaining true story is good for all ages to learn of this part of our Texas heritage.  Herschel, who happens to be the gallery owner’s dad, volunteers weekly at the Shepherd Heart Food Pantry in Taylor and has chosen this as his charity to support.
Kendra Kinsey, mixed media, Nashville, TN
A recent graduate with a degree in art, Kendra creates works in mixed media combining threads, textiles, papers, and found materials in wonderfully delicate and beautiful works. Her work draws you in to contemplate the meaning behind the media.  She also creates hair pieces out of fabric and feathers.  Kendra supports Long term fire recovery of the state parks through Friends of the Lost Pines.
Margery Marshall, mosaics, Kyle, Texas
Margery creates crosses out of wood, glass, tile, shells and a variety of other materials.  The owner met her as Margery was travelling from Austin almost daily to help with disaster recovery for the Methodist church after the wildfires.  It is obvious that she lives her life with creativity and commitment.  She is working on a series of pieces using artifacts salvaged at the homesites lost to the fires.  Margery donates a portion of her sales to Thui Rancho mission in Bolivia.
website:  lone-star-studios.com
David Perkins, glass, Austin, Texas
David has a gifted touch with glass that gives us wonderful light-catching votive holders and suncatchers.  He also does delicate blown glass ornaments.  David has chosen Friends of Bastrop County Animal Shelter as his charity.
Adam Stratton, ceramics, Austin, Texas
Adam has recently moved back to Texas after pursuing an MFA in ceramics in Hawaii.  He has a touch with clay that is so delicate that you can’t understand how he gets the neck of a jar or the likeness of a face or an animal in a medium that looks like mud.  He has a beautiful handling of the glazes that are reminiscent of Asian pottery.  He grew up in Hawaii and loves the ocean, a fact seen in many of his works.  Adam has chosen to have a portion of his sales to go to a program in Russia that works with orphans and foster children.
David and Merilee Umlas, Curious Customs, laser carved wood, Austin, Texas
This artistic couple is renowned for their large wooden art installations but we at Art Connections are pleased to feature their wonderful carved lamps, both hanging and standing, as well as nightlights.  They have designed the Lost Pines lamps for us after the Bastrop wildfires which destroyed over 1600 homes and 35,000 acres of our beautiful pines.  A percentage of sales of these lamps go to the Friends of the Lost Pines to reforest the state parks heavily damaged during the fires.
Chris Van Peski, turned wood carving, Cedar Creek, Texas
After a career in engineering, Chris took up wood carving and we are very glad of this.  He has created a variety of works that are both useful and decorative.  He knows how to bring out the best in every piece of wood and combines woods and turquoise in intricate patterns in his cutting boards, bowls, lamps, and candlesticks.  He has chosen Austin Playhouse to support with a portion of his sales.
Dinah Van Peski, fabric art, Cedar Creek, Texas
Dinah has used quilting techniques to make things from greeting cards to table runners to wall hangings along with quilts.  She also does embroidery and is working with hubby Chris to make linens with matching napkin rings.  As she creates things to grace a home, it is appropriate that Dinah supports Habitat for Humanity as her charity.
Amy Thompson, letterpress and paper art, St. Louis, MO
After receiving an MFA from Washington University at St. Louis, Amy opened Paper Boat Studios.  There she creates works of art in paper combining modern design technology with antique letterpress printers.  The results are things ranging from checkers games to calendars and greeting cards.  She also makes hand-bound journals, the perfect place to record one’s thoughts.  Amy supports the World Society for the Protection of Animals.
websites: www.paperboatstudios.com   www.amy-thompson.com
David Johnson, photography, St. Louis, Missouri
Artist and educator, David Johnson, is based in St. Louis where he received his MFA in Visual Art at Washington University at St. Louis in 2007 after earning a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography from Texas Christian University.  His current research involves the relationship between the built environment and its inhabitants.  By focusing on small mundane objects and the quality of lighting, his abstracted photographs of office spaces and domestic environments highlight the strained relationship between self and place.  Currently, Johnson is an Adjunct Lecturer at Saint Louis University, a founding memeber of the RAD LAB studio space in downtown St. Louis. and has exhibited his work in shows and galleries across the US including the Contemporary Museum of Art in St. Louis this year.
website:  www.davidjohnsonstudio.com
Jeff Phares, wood carving, White Hall, IL
Jeff takes pieces of bark and finds the faces of Native Americans and cowboys in them.  He carves and then paints these works of art that look very real yet express the spirits of those figures he is depicting.  He also picks up small pieces of wood and finds the wood spirit within through carving.  Jeff supports the volunteer fire fighter group Texas Fire Walkers.
Terry Moore, musician, Bastrop, Texas
Terry is a much loved local musician in Bastrop where she is renowned for her interpretation of Patsy Cline as well as gospel and country western.  She coordinates the YMCA in Bastrop and is seen at almost every event that is happening in the community.  She supports Friends of the Lost Pines.
website: www.terrylynemoore.net

Gary Anderson

Mixed media artist Gary Anderson has several university art and photography degrees, lives in a quiet suburb with his middle-class family and works from his diminutive home studio.

 

After an unexpected encounter with Good St. Pixel, (the Patron Saint of the Digital Age) the direction of Gary’s life changed. The revelation occured at a yearly workshop of photographers who had assembled to hone skills of Sales, Marketing, and Automation -- Good St. Pixel’s constant antagonists. It was here Gary awoke.

 

Within a short time, a grateful Gary retired from his teaching job, closed his portrait photography studio, and returned to the more hand-crafted, clothing-staining art activities of his youth. The increasing demands of a conventional, mass-produced, and quantitative aesthetic which by necessity is a part of the commercial/business art fields made Gary feel secondary in the creative art process and sent him searching for aesthetic fulfillment elsewhere.

 

Now, as coordinated by The Voices of the Great Mystery, Gary cloisters within his studio to transcribe what used to be camera shutter and computer mouse clicks into singular, one-of-a-kind images of textures, shapes, and colors. Freed from commercial production pressures, Gary slowly and patiently translates his visions into itsy-bitsy, teeny-tiny, itty-bitty little repetitive parts and shapes that are each cut, glued, painted, printed or drawn by his own very human hand.

website: www.gandersonart.com

 

Beachwalker Boxes, wood/glass/stone, Austin, TX

 

Tom Beach and Amanda Walker create sculptural boxes that combine their passions for woodworking and glass etchings with their love of nature, classic fairy tales and mythology. Their use of natural materials in their whimsically poetic boxes is unique and highly varied- none of their boxes look the same or follow any style or aesthetic. They love to play on the traditional notion of a box as something that conceals and reveals its contents by making boxes which can conceal nothing, or boxes whose insides surprise before anything is placed in them.

http://www.beachwalkerboxes.com/

Valery Guignon, fabric arts, Dallas, TX

 

 Valery Guignon uses hand dyed silk, cotton and mesh applique to create stunning hand dyed clothing. This internationally famous designer makes original vests, jackets, dusters, pants, t-shirts, evening bags and scarves. Dolls and lamps are also featured. This unique and beautiful wearable art is shown in galleries and displayed at many fine crafts shows throughout the country.

 http://www.guignon.com/

Susan Hanft, pottery, Bastrop, TX

 

Trained first as a dancer and then as a visual artist, Hanft studied ceramics with Huey Beckham at the University of Houston. Her work is made using slabs and crude extrusions. The imperfections inherent to hand building give even the simplest forms a quirky individuality, and sometimes a distinct personality. She decorates the pieces using a variety of techniques: scrafitto, stamping and underglazing at the unfired stage; stamping, drawing and painting with underglazes and stains following bisque; and the addition of handmade or commercial overglaze decals and metal lusters in a third firing.

 http://www.bastropfiredarts.org/shanft.html

Daryl Howard, woodblock printing, Austin, TX

 

 After receiving her BFA from Sam Houston State University, Daryl lived and taught art at an overseas school in Tokyo in the 1970’s. During this time Howard was introduced to a private collection of 18th and 19th century Ukiyo-e woodcuts. Feeling an immediate connection to the works of art and wanting to learn more about the woodblock print making process, Daryl embarked on an apprenticeship with master print maker Hodaka Yoshida. By the time she left Japan, Howard had become pro­cient in the medium, well on her way to perfecting the painstaking demands of carving and printing.

 http://www.darylhoward.com/

Glenda Kronke, glass, Austin, TX

 

Glenda is a native Texan, born and raised on the Gulf Coast.  Her love of glass began in 1983 and she spent the next 25 years working for glass artists around the country.  The knowledge and experience she gained opened the door for her to create G Kronke Studios and she is also associated with East By South East Studios, LLC in Austin, Tx.

 

Her strong connection to nature is rooted in her passion for hiking and exploring the outdoors.  Her work is a reflection of the awe and wonder she feels at nature's ability to create the rare and exotic. 

 

She strives to create textures that compel touch, colors that provoke memory, and shapes that expand reality.  Life/art ever evolves, seeking a vessel, a shape, a texture, a color - a path to expression.  And once created, each possesses an essence of life, a statement of being.    

http://www.gkronkestudios.com/

Sally Stevenson, handmade dolls, Sugar Land, TX

 

Sally Stevenson holds two graduate degrees from Texas A&M Commerce, with a Fine Arts emphasis in Sculpture. Her longtime involvement with Fabric Arts and 3D Sculpture, coupled with an interest in the ethnic background of her three adopted children, led her to explore the possibilities of a series of art dolls. Discovering art dolls has been the most complicated and interesting art adventure.

 

An Academic Technology professional and professor of online college instruction, this energetic mother of eight and grandmother of ten continues to seek new adventures in producing art that advances the field of fabric sculpture. Speaking during many classes and seminars throughout the country, Sally is always eager to talk about her art, and the creative process.

 

Sally lives in Sugar Land, Texas with her lifelong friend and husband, Robert.

 http://www.artdollsbysally.com/

Sharon Zeugin, calligraphy/mixed media, Austin, TX

 

Influenced by her training as a therapist, Sharon seeks to cultivate a safe classroom environment in which respect for body, mind and spirit are as important as skill building, where students are encouraged to experience art making as an experimental, intuitive and mindful practice. Whether teaching courses in traditional or contemporary calligraphy, art journaling, drawing, sketching or painting, Sharon’s goal is to help students get over fear of the blank page.  When she is not teaching, sketching or painting, Sharon is busy dancing with the Austin Samba School, enjoying African Dance class, swimming, walking, playing piano, traveling, hanging out with her husband,  and listening to music.

 http://sharonzeugin.com/

Rozi Turnbull, mixed media, Houston, TX

 

British Born Artist Rozi Turnbull has been painting for over 20 years. Most of her work is in Acrylics, Watercolor and water based Mixed Medias. She has formal art training from the University of Alaska in Anchorage, USA; the Glassel School of Art in Houston, USA; and the many workshops she has attended during her travels.

 

She has experience organizing Art Exhibitions in Scotland, Alaska, Houston and Jakarta.  She is a Past President of the Alaska Watercolor Society, and was formerly the  International Art Director for the Watercolor Art Society Houston.

 

She continues to learn from her travels and local surroundings, and passes on her knowledge to her students in her home studio here in Houston.

 

She is currently working in freelance home decor and commissioned artwork.

 http://www.roziturnbull.com/ 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 


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