Art Alliance Austin at Pershing, EAST stop #421
The exhibition at the center of ARTBASH opens to the public for the 2nd weekend of the East Austin Studio Tour. Come by the Pershing and view this incredible exhibition from 11a – 6p this weekend. Terri Thomas will give an artist talk on Saturday at 5p ann Annie Wells will give an artist talk on Sunday at 5pm. Both days Art Alliance Austin will host an open bar and reception from 4p – 6p.
Saturday (11/19), 11a – 6p
Artist talk with Terri Thomas, 5p on Saturday (11/19)
Open Bar Happy Hour Reception, 4 – 6p on Saturday (11/19)
Sunday (11/20), 11a – 6p
Artist talk with Annie Wells, 5p on Sunday (11/20)
Open Bar Happy Hour CLOSING Reception, 4 – 6p on Sunday (11/20)
Where: 2415 E 5th St., EAST stop 421
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). territhomasart.com
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.” balecreekallen.com
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. deniseprince.com
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. sculptureforge.com
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. dimensiongallery.org/alejandra-almuelle
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. richardmansfield.net
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. julesbuckjones.com
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. jaelahfad.com
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.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Holly at hmcdaniel(a)artallianceaustin.org or call 512-820-3626
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.