ARTBASH at pershing

ARTBASH at pershing


Thank you for making ARTBASH 2016 a great success!!


Thanks to everyone who attended, became a member of Art Alliance Austin, and bought artwork! Also a special thanks to everyone who contributed to this very special evening, including our artists, the Pershing, our fantastic event chairs, and especially our very generous sponsors  who made the night possible.

If you’d like to see the exhibition is will be open to the public for free on Saturday (11/19) and Sunday (11/20) from 11a – 6pm each day. We’ll also have an open bar happy hour and artists talks each day from 4p – 6p. See you there.

Here’s images from this year’s event:

photos by Rich Merritt

To view all 69 of incredible event photographer Rich Merritt’s images from ARTBASH 2016, check out the Art Alliance Austin Facebook page here:

ARTBASH at pershing, November 11th 2016


ARTBASH returns in 2016 to the Pershing in east Austin. The event will kick-off the East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) on Friday, November 11th and the venue will then remain open to the public for both weekends of EAST.

Art Alliance’s exhibition and lounge at the Pershing Gallery will be a unique destination for art enthusiasts, artists, galleries, critics, collectors, scene junkies & casual creative class followers. The exhibition will feature many of the Alliance’s partners over the past 2 years (featured at Art City, at Art Breaks, PechaKucha, and last year’s ARTBASH). The exhibition will be open to the public both weekends of EAST and will have additional programs and events, beginning with ARTBASH, Friday November 11th.  ARTBASH will layer temporary site-specific installations and performance pieces over the existing exhibition to create dynamic and exciting evening for art and preview of the East Austin Studio Tour.


ARTBASH is chaired by Bryan Cady of DEN Property Group and Antonio Madrid of ICON Design + Build

ARTBASH performances have been curated with the support of Natalie George Productions a boutique full service event planning & production company headquartered in Austin, TX. Perfomances include:

  1. Jennifer Sherburn has choreographed a piece for 4 dancers to perform during the Preview Reception in the Pershing Courtyard.
  2. Line upon line percussion will perform in the gallery at 10:45pm
  3. Three dancers will perform in soft sculptures created by Magdalena Jarkowiec, each at a different time during the evening.

ARTBASH Special Preview Reception

When: Friday, November 11th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Pershing House first floor inside house and courtyard and preview of Pershing Gallery

Cost: $85 each SOLD OUT

What:  Guests will receive complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and valet service.  Guests will be able to mingle in the exclusive and private Pershing House, Courtyard & Gallery and have the opportunity to meet with ARTBASH artists. Special performance by  Jennifer Sherburn and company.



ARTBASH Main Event

When: Friday, November 11th from 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Where: Pershing Gallery and Pershing House Courtyard  (main house closed to guests)

Cost: $40 each SOLD OUT

What: Guests will experience artist, site specific installations, a series live performances, music by DJ Westen Borghesi and interactive activities. Ticket includes light snacks and complimentary drinks by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, 9 Banded Whiskey, Michelob Ultra, Ziegenbock, and Vitiano Wines.



Sponsors intersted in supporting ARTBASH and Art Alliance Austin should contact Holly McDaniel, Director of Development, at or 512-820-3626




Terri Thomas left a successful career as one of Toni & Guy’s top platform artists to enroll in art school in 2000. She was awarded the Dean’s Merit scholarship (from 2000-04) at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington DC. There she received the Foundation Faculty Award for outstanding achievement for drawing and painting and the Dr. William A. Newman Award for outstanding achievement in painting. In 2004, she graduated with honors and a specialty in painting. Thomas has been an Artist In Residence at the University of Texas’ CentralTrack, Dallas, Texas (2010), RAID Projects in Los Angeles (2008) and St. Johns’ Pouch Cove Foundation in Newfoundland, Canada (2007).

Bale Creek Allen was the first recipient of a four-year degree from Boston’s prestigious School of the Museum of Fine Arts after only 2 years of study. Allen has exhibited widely throughout the United States, Europe and other parts of the world as early as 1984. In an essay written on Allen’s work by David Byrne of the Talking Heads, he quotes, “I see a life here, mirrored in this work, and a land, a region and country. All of it being explored bit by bit, first chipping away at the nearby-one’s own life-and then, when some acceptance of that is gained, moving on to the interstellar garbage, and the questions raised by the space junk scattered around the desert of the world.”

Denise Prince has had critical success in both the commercial and academic art worlds. Across the disciplines of film, photography, painting and object making, Prince’s work employs the commercial language of advertising to make explicit what is real or deftly, its counterpoint, fantasy. The lush styling and singular locations in Prince’s constructed portraits are augmented by wit and make clear the pleasure with which she constructs narratives and then carefully disrupts them. The concept is essential to the nature of photography. “Caught in a state of permanent suspense vis a vis events that have just happened or are about to take place, photographs contain essential seeds of narratives that can never come to fruition except in the imagination.” Lucy Soutter.

Colin McIntyre lives and works in Austin, Texas, focusing on hot-forged metal sculpture. Much of his past work has dealt with imagined species of plant and marine life.  These works analyze taxonomy, the science of cataloguing species of life.  His recent experimentations have strayed from his tradition of forged metal sculptures into varied mediums.  These new directions include large sculptures created from warped maple flooring from an abandoned warehouse, assemblage sculptures of wood pipe organ parts and vintage printing machinery, and various forms exploring the medium of tar.

Alejandra Almuelle is a self taught ceramic artist working with the medium of clay for the past 24 years. Before moving to the United States, she spent time with a community of potters in Pizac in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, a major center for ceramic making in Peru.  Peru is a country in which the abundance of clay has made this medium a language of artistic expression. Clay is its own idiom, and being there, she began to speak it. After she moved to Austin, she started addressing the functionality of the medium of clay as well as its sculptural expression.  Her work has been featured at the MexicArte Museum, Dimension Gallery, San Angelo Museum of Art, among many others.  She is currently one of the eight fellowship artists at Dimension Gallery and has been awarded two COA Cultural Arts grants, one of which culminated in her recent solo exhibition of her newest series, Locus.

Richard P. Mansfield is a practicing sculptor, living and working in Austin, Texas.  He was born and raised in the Northwest receiving his B.A. in Sculpture from Central Washington University and his M.F.A. in Sculpture from California State University, Fullerton.  He has shown in Washington, Arizona, California, Chicago, New Orleans and most recently in Houston TX. While being an active artist he also works at the University of Texas at Austin as a Lecture and Sculpture supervisor.  Richard is also an active member of MASS Gallery, a non-profit, artist run gallery in Austin, Texas.

Jules Buck Jones draws, with an acute confidence, graphic fantastical images of hybridized animal forms. Influenced by ecological and biological concerns, Jones creates imagery of bizarre, fantastic happenings in nature, using the past, present and future as backdrops, mythology, fact, and fiction as fodder, and the animal kingdom as the vehicle. Jules Buck Jones earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA in 2005 and an MFA in Painting at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX in 2008.

Thomas John Lemanski has spent much of his five years in Austin looking at the prosaic and the pervasive, at things like cardboard boxes, insulation, and dumpsters. Such things are not only common means of conveyance and construction but also surrogates for greater ideas like growth, waste, decay, and change. Thomas removes these materials of function and utility from their quotidian life cycle in an attempt to assemble them into something more reverential, more lasting. In addition to his individual practice, Thomas is an active member of both the artist collective Ink Tank and the arts podcast Free Beer.

Jaelah Kuehmichel is an innovative artist & designer who continually pushes past boundaries to create memorable experiences with high visual impact. The magic lies in the adventure of the process, the discovery of the unknown. Curiosity propels her to play mad scientist; passion admonishes her to make a lasting impact. After receiving a BFA in Painting and serving in Peace Corps, West Africa, Jaelah landed in Austin and over the past 6 years has produced immersive work combining traditional mediums with installation, duration-based performance, audio/video, digital-social design, and kinetic sculpture. Having received several awards and exhibited nationally, Jaelah likes to stay connected to community through teaching art to kids and opening her studio doors for collaborative sessions.

Magdalena Jarkowiec was born in Poland and grew up in Baltimore city with her fraternal twin sister and mom.  She studied ballet intensively at the local arts high school and has performed professionally in the work of world-class dance makers such as Alonzo King.  She started making soft sculpture as a college student in bright, magical, and crappy Sarasota, Florida and has been refining the practice ever since.  She moved to Austin in 2010 and has debuted several well-loved choreographic works that have incorporated and been guided by elements of her soft sculpture.  Her engagement with the human form through sculpture and dance is an exploration and a negotiation of the tyranny that being a material form has over being. 

John Paul Jackson is a Visual Artist from Houston, Texas. He works in all mediums of Art, including Painting, Sculpture and Illustration. At the age of 11, he completed his first large scale painting and by the age of 16 was showing in coffee shops in the Houston area. Jackson has some formal education in Art but is mostly self-taught. His other works involve experimenting in Neo-Expressionism on a series of action paintings. JPJ explores the historical symbolism of the tribal people and interprets the imagery found there into his modern style; creating a personal totem by “writing” with their language.

Annie Wells is an artist and curator from Austin, TX. I acknowledge the following truths through my work: 1) Most things can be used again, 2) Nature touches everything, 3) Everything is connected; Tribe is important , 4) Holy Places are necessary, 5) Treasure is all around us; open your eyes, 6) Organized chaos is more attractive, 7) Know thy totem to manifest your dream existence, 8) Beautiful things are meant to be shared.

line upon line percussion employs percussion for fervent, communal experiences that we believe are essential for human beings to thrive. To date, the Austin-based trio has commissioned and premiered fifteen new works, four of which appear on their full-length, self-titled album. The group’s in-house creative project, seeing times are not hidden, won top prize at the 2011 Music in Architecture-Architecture in Music Symposium at the University of Texas at Austin. The work involves over 1000 glass, metal and hardwood chimes suspended from the three arches of Waller Creek Bridge. In April 2013, line upon line gave the North American premiere of Hugues Dufourt’s massive evening-length masterpiece, Erewhon, which enlists the use of nearly 150 percussion instruments. The group’s self-presented concert series, now entering its fourth year, was listed as one of the Top 10 Dance/Classical Music Treasures of 2014 by the Austin Chronicle. Its 2015-2016 opener, soft, received an honorable mention in the most recent version of the award. Lumen, a 2016 collaborative project commissioned by Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre, received a specially created Site for Sore Eyes Award by the Austin Critics’ Table “for invigorating collaboration of dance and music in site-specific performance.”

Jennifer Sherburn graduated from The University of Hawaii, Manoa with a BFA in Dance Theatre, and received part of her education at London Contemporary Dance School and Austin Community College. In 2007 she relocated from Hawaii to NYC to work with Troika Ranch Dance Theater as assistant to the artistic directors. As a choreographer, she has premiered work at ‘The Place’ in London, ’10 Days on the Island’ festival in Tasmania, Australia, an evening-length production at ‘Marks Garage’ in Honolulu, and received a B. Iden Payne award for best choreography 2008 in Austin, TX for ‘The Red Balloon.’  In 2013 she premiered Rhododendron Descend. Most recently she worked on Forklift Danceworks, Play Ball, collaborated with The Invincible Czars as apart of ‘SoundSpace’ at the Blanton Museum and is currently developing the Strategy and Horsehair, a new series of works inspired by horse warrior culture. Paa, the first in the series, premiered September 2014.

DJ sets by Westen Borghesi is co-founder and DJ at Cold Lampin’ Crew dance parties at Hotel Vegas and the Second Sunday Sock Hop. You may also recognize him from White Ghost Shivers, Thrift Set Orchestra and East Side Dandies. We think the best way to get to know him is to listen to his guest DJ set on MyKUTX:



Thank you to our sponsors:

Cultural Arts Division for ticketbud

Tito's for ticketbud





Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Holly at hmcdaniel(a) or call 512-820-3626


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City  of Austin Economic Development Department.