Pictures from the People’s Gallery Exhibition

"Gravity" by Irene Roderick, Latex paint, fishing line, wire hoop, 2010
“Gravity” by Irene Roderick, Latex paint, fishing line, wire hoop, 2010

I was so thrilled to be selected for the 2011 People’s Gallery Exhibition at the Austin City Hall. One of my paintings, “Luminous Future,” was selected from among 1400 pieces entered by 325 local artists and arts organizations. This year the jurors were: Carla Nickerson, artist and Production Coordinator for ProArts Collective; Johnny Walker, artist; and Herlinda Zamora, Culture and Arts Education Manager, Mexican American Cultural Center. The exhibition was finalized and designed by Jean Graham, the City’s Exhibition Coordinator.  (Thanks, everyone, for including me!).

I thought I was feeling better from several days of allergy-related illnesses, so Terry and I got spiffed up and headed downtown. We arrived at the City Hall just in time to hear a few words from the mayor, and to see Caprice Pierucci receive her People’s Choice award for her piece in the 2010 Exhibition.

2011-Peoples-Gallery-Exhibition-Jill Alo's painting "Big Skies, super hot" on the left and Ethan Azarian's "Herd of Shoes" on the right
Jill Alo’s painting “Big Skies, super hot” on the left and Ethan Azarian’s “Herd of Shoes” on the right

It was wonderful seeing so many of my art friends there, and that so many of them were also selected for this show! Jill Alo and I were beginning painting and drawing students together in Minnie Miles’ classes at ACC back in the ’80s before she moved on to UT and I went up to SAIC. We also worked together at a framing shop while in school. We have been good friends ever since, and have been in several critique groups and art exhibitions together, so I was so happy to see her very sunny piece in this show.

2011-Peoples-Gallery-Exhibition-Sandy Lowder's painting "Night Lotus Pool"
Sandy Lowder’s painting “Night Lotus Pool”

I also have exhibited and been in critique groups with Sandy Lowder, whose lovely large painting was hung right next to mine. I love the abstract qualities that she always infuses into her paintings (which frequently begin in a figurative way).

2011-Peoples-Gallery-Exhibition-Gladys Poorte's "How Did it Come to This?"
Gladys Poorte’s “How Did it Come to This?”

Gladys Poorte also has an awesomely beautiful painting in this exhibition. Jill, Sandy, Gladys, and I were all in the “Topographies” show together at Studio2 Gallery in 2003, along with 4 or 5 other artists.

2011-Peoples-Gallery-Exhibition-Kristy Battani's "Dry Creek"
Kristy Battani’s “Dry Creek”

Kristy Battani from the Texas Wax organization, of which I was a part for a couple years, had a lovely encaustic work in this show, too.

There were several other friends and acquaintances whose work is in the show, but (for some reason) I did not get photos of their pieces during the opening (I simply must go back!).

Take a gander at the photos I did get below, and if you’re in Austin, I highly recommend taking an hour or so someday to go see all the awesome paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, assemblages, and installations in this show. You can even vote for your favorite piece.

The show is at the Austin City Hall through January 13, 2012, exhibited in the hallways, conference rooms, lobbies, balconies, large stairwells, and in the Mayor’s office–all throughout the first 3 floors of the City Hall. Mine is #92, in The Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office hallway on the second floor. Hours are from 8am-5pm M-F.

Austin City Hall
301 W 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701

View a gallery of pictures from the People’s Gallery Exhibition opening.

People’s Gallery Exhibition Opening Tomorrow Night

"Luminous Future" Oil on canvas 20" x 20" © 2010 Marilyn Fenn
“Luminous Future” Oil on canvas 20″ x 20″ © 2010 Marilyn Fenn

Just a reminder that I had a painting selected from over a thousand submissions of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more for the 2011 People’s Gallery Exhibition.

The opening is tomorrow night from 6-9pm at City Hall and features over 100 artworks from Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and art organizations displayed throughout the first three floors of City Hall.

Short films selected for the 2011 Faces of Austin multimedia program will have a premiere screening in City Council Chambers, starting at 7 p.m. And in the Atrium, enjoy music by The Djembabes and refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

Get updated event and parking information at Austin Art in Public Places

If you go to the opening, look for me and/or my painting somewhere in that space!

Cheers!

Marilyn

Great News! People’s Gallery Exhibition at Austin City Hall

"Luminous Future" Oil on canvas 20" x 20" © 2010 Marilyn Fenn

Woo-hoo!  I’ve had a work accepted into the 2011 People’s Gallery Exhibition at Austin City Hall!  I consider this a great honor.  The work will remain on view in the Austin City Hall for an entire year.  The exhibit runs from February 18 2011 – January 13 2012.

There will be an opening reception on February 18, 2011, from 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM,  with refreshments to be provided by Whole Foods Market.

Austin City Hall
301 W 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701

For the rest of the year, Austin City Hall is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The first floor atrium lobby is also open to the public during City Council meetings.

See the People’s Gallery Exhibition page for more information or the Events page on my website.

East Austin Studio Tour 2010, Part Three

Sculpture "Plucky" by Dominique Vyborny at the Pump Project Arts Complex during E.A.S.T. 2010
Sculpture “Plucky” by Dominique Vyborny at the Pump Project Arts Complex during E.A.S.T. 2010

Full Day of Visiting Artist Studios, Last Day of E.A.S.T.

I decided to spend the final day of EAST visiting more artists’ studios rather than hanging around The Vortex.  If you came to see me at The Vortex yesterday, my apologies for not being there; if you’d like to see more of my paintings, you can always schedule a private visit at my home studio; just contact me and we’ll set something up.

Robbie Ortiz - Seated Woman
Robbie Ortiz – Seated Woman

I started at neighbor Robbie Ortiz’s studio, where he and fellow painter Stephen Schwake were showing their work.  Robbie does some amazing cubistic paintings and drawings; visit his website at: RobbieOrtiz.com.

Stephen does large paintings and drawings influenced by “80’s skateboard graphics, hot rods, science, stained glass, American roots music, mid-century modern design, art history, and World War II fighter planes.”  His site is StephenSchwake.com.

Court Lurie - Aspects
Court Lurie – Aspects

Next, I headed down to the Artpost, where I visited with Court Lurie for a bit.  I really love her abstract paintings! Court is very deservedly a rising star in the Austin art world.

See her work at: CourtLurie.com.

I popped my head into a few other studios; there’s a glass artist named Nicholas Dertrien who is doing some pretty amazing blown glass sculpture of the human body, some complete with (what I think are) internal organs.

I also peeked at the work of sculptors/installation artists Scott Proctor and Marianne McGrath.

Jan Roset - Monkey Brain #5
Jan Roset – Monkey Brain #5

Then I headed over to the Pump Project Arts Complex, where I visited with fabulous abstract painter, Jan Roset, portrait painter Nicole Jeffords, and lightbox sculptor Brooke Gassiot.

Also poked my head into the studios of Alicia Hartzell, Amber Kappes, Erika Jaeggli, Mark Johnson, Katherine Sheehan, Leanne Venier, Darvin Jones, Paul Alix (illustrator, very funny guy), Scott Ewen, Audrey Lopata (awesome kids illustrator), and Lana Waldrep.

Keva Richardson - Raindrops and Grass
Keva Richardson – Raindrops and Grass

Then I drove up to the Pump Project Satellite, where I met painter Keva Richardson (love her work), and visited with good friend Jill Alo at Women Printmakers of Austin, where I also ran into friend and fellow encaustic artist Maggie Jordan.  Popped into Damon Arhos studio, too.

Then I walked down to Big Medium (the folks that started all this), viewed the show at the gallery, visited with encaustic painter Kristy Darnell Battani, abstract painter Rebecca Bennett, and said Hi to Judy Paul above the crowd that always surrounds her. 🙂

Rebecca Bennett - painting
Rebecca Bennett – painting

Stopped in to see Daphne Holland’s new work, and chatted with Juan Moreno, two more encaustic artists from Texas Wax.  Stopped into Bay6 Studio, where I talked to Kevin Kuhn briefly (he’s taken over the Texas Wax website, bless his heart), and Sharon Kyle Kuhn, the encaustic artist who started the Austin Chapter of Texas Wax.

Jennifer Chenoweth - Red Zip
Jennifer Chenoweth – Red Zip

By this time, it was after 5:30, and I still had at least 6 more artists on my must-see list but knew I only had time for one more.  So I zipped over to Jennifer Chenoweth‘s to see her new work and the work of Virginia Fleck.  Her work is always so interesting, and her home itself is an amazing work of art! Good call: Jennifer very kindly packed up a bowl of her delicious chicken pesole to take with me after my very brief visit.

And that, my friends, was my whirlwind one day tour of EAST 2010 (seeing only about 1/10th of the artists participating this year).

View some photos from the ArtPost and the Pump Project Arts Complex in this gallery.

See also part one: Participating as an Artist at The Vortex
and part two: EAST Artists Tour

East Austin Studio Tour 2010, Part Two

Sculpture by Hank Waddell and paintings by Shawn Camp at Shawn Camp's studio during E.A.S.T. 2010

Sculpture by Hank Waddell and paintings by Shawn Camp at Shawn Camp’s studio during E.A.S.T. 2010

An artist is not an isolated system. In order to survive he has to interact continuously with the world around him… Theoretically there are no limits to his involvement.— Hans Haacke

EAST Artists Tour

This year, for the first time, artists were able to visit other artists’s studios on a few weeknights in the week between the two EAST public tour weekends.  This is a really great development!  A major drawback of being a participating artist in EAST these past years has always been that you’re stuck at your own studio and can’t get out to see new work, new artists, new spaces, new ideas, and visit with your artist friends.  It was one of the main reasons why I didn’t open my studio last year, and instead spent the time visiting as many artists and studios as I could comfortably squeeze in.

The folks who organized this actually pulled it off more or less at the last moment, so I think that not all the artists were even aware of it.  I found out too late to make it during the first two nights, but managed to get to three artist’s studios on the third night.

Jennifer Balkan Poof!, 2010, 30" x 30", oil on birch with map fragments and ink
Jennifer Balkan Poof!, 2010, 30″ x 30″, oil on birch with map fragments and ink

First, I got to visit with neighbor and painter extraordinaire Jennifer Balkan.  Jennifer is a very painterly figurative painter who often uses bits of maps in her work (and she’s really, really nice!).  I saw her work during the very first EAST Tour that I visited—maybe it was #2 in 2004 (when there were only 51 locations)—and I was blown away by her work then.

Jennifer just gets better and better, and her work is currently included in this great invitational “Women Painting Women” show at Robert Lange Studio in Charleston.  You can see the show and read the articles from American Art Collector, ArtMag, & Art See at: Robert Lange Studio, and you can visit her website and see more of her work and info at: JenniferBalkan.com.

Ines Batllo - "Under" - oils on board
Ines Batllo – “Under” – oils on board

Next, I visited with neighbor, friend and painter Ines Batllo in her wonderful new studio.  Ines is a Catalan painter whose paintings in oil and encaustic are skillful, deep, and full of soul.  She’s doing some very interesting three-dimensional work with encaustic.  She and I were having such a great conversation that I forgot to take any photos there, but you can view her work online at: inespaintings.com.

Shawn Camp - oil on canvas
Shawn Camp – oil on canvas

 

My last visit of the evening was to Shawn Camp’s studio, with Shawn Camp’s paintings and Hank Waddell’s sculptures.

Shawn’s paintings are so luscious; they are very thick with gorgeous paint, and I just want to roll in them (like in the movie “What Dreams May Come”).  His work also references the landscape from an aerial perspective.  I first saw Shawn’s work at the Davis Gallery in 2006, when he showed with the awesome sculptor Caprice Pierucci, and I just fell in love Shawn’s work at that time (and Caprice’s!).

Well, I fell heads over heels in love with one particular little painting of Shawn’s this night, and so, soon I will be able to look at it every day.  Yes!  I am buying a small painting from Shawn, and I could hardly be more excited!  (EAST folks, take note: The EAST Artists Tour is definitely worth it for artist and artist alike!).  🙂

See more of Shawn’s gorgeous paintings at ShawnCamp.net.

Sculptor Hank Waddell’s work is very cool, and so is he.  He uses a lot of construction materials in his work, makes beautiful and intriguing sculptures in wood, bamboo, metal, foam and more.  He also creates some very cool (and affordable) lead airplanes, and is always, always surprising.  Hank was one of the very few artists chosen for the 24th “New American Talent” at Arthouse’s Jones Center.  The work was selected by New American Talent juror, Hamza Walker, Curator and Director of Education, The Renaissance SocietyThe University of Chicago.”

I met Hank when he was president of the Texas Society of Sculptors, and I was taking over as webmaster.  We’ve both since moved on from our positions at TSOS, but we have stayed friends, and I designed his newest website.  To see Hank’s fantastic and fun work, visit his site at: HankWaddell.com.

View a small gallery of images from the EAST Artists Tour.

See also part three: Full Day of Visiting Artist Studios, Last Day of E.A.S.T.
and part one: Participating as an Artist at The Vortex

East Austin Studio Tour 2010, Part One

The Drishti Dancers performing at The Vortex, East Austin Studio Tour 2010
The Drishti Dancers performing at The Vortex, East Austin Studio Tour 2010

Participating as an Artist at The Vortex

This year’s East Austin Studio Tour was great, as always!  I had my paintings up at The Vortex, and hung out there for 3 of the 4 days of the tour.  Sold some work, met some people, visited with friends, and had a good time enjoying the other events at The Vortex (belly dancing, hula-hooping, musical performances, aerial dancing, trapeze).  Oh, I didn’t participate in any of those; I merely enjoyed watching them.

The Nematoads play at The Vortex, E.A.S.T. 2010
The Nematoads play at The Vortex, E.A.S.T. 2010

One of the several musical highlights for me was a 60’s style surf band called the Nematoads.  Think The Ventures, only really fast!  They are a 5-piece band with a fabulous drummer, bass, guitar and a horn section.  They played a very high-energy rock-n-roll set, and were pretty awesome.  The crowd loved them; they had hula-hoopers out there hooping it up through their whole set.

To find out more about the Nematoads, read their blurb from the Austin Chronicle’s Musicians’ Register.

View a gallery of images from EAST at The Vortex here.

See also part two: EAST Artists Tour
and part three: Full Day of Visiting Artist Studios, Last Day of E.A.S.T.

Final Weekend of the East Austin Studio Tour

"My Alien Friend" Oil on Canvas 6" x 6" © 2009 Marilyn Fenn
“My Alien Friend” Oil on Canvas 6″ x 6″ © 2009 Marilyn Fenn

Tomorrow and Sunday are the final two days of E.A.S.T.  If you love art, or just want to see some of the coolest things happening in Austin, this is the place to be!  Visit the East Austin Studio Tour website to find which artists will be where.  You may still be able to find a gorgeous printed catalog and map, but you can also view the catalog online.

One of the coolest features on this year’s EAST website is the ability to create your own tour (because let’s face it, there is no way you could visit all 300 artists, 150 studios, 28 exhibition spaces, 19 happenings, and all the furthermores in 2 days, or even 4, in case you’d already started last weekend).  Go to the EAST website and click on the link for “Your E.A.S.T.,” then start searching and adding artists, studios, and exhibition spaces.   I quickly made a very tiny list, which you can view here, though it leaves out whole great groups of artists. Sorry, I was a bit bleary-eyed, and unfortunately, it seems you can’t add to the list, once you finalize it.  Drat!  In fact, I left out the exhibition space where I will be this weekend!

The Vortex at 2307 Manor Rd.
The Vortex at 2307 Manor Rd.

I will be at The Vortex again tomorrow, from 11am-6pm: Exhibition Space #E28, 2307 Manor Road–a large Theatre and yard located just east of the dry cleaners at Cherrywood/Chestnut and Manor.  It’s deep back behind the parking lot that’s to the south of

I should be there Sunday, too, though I’m not making any promises. I’m not sure I can stand to hang around that long, and I’d sure love to visit some other artists! (So do let me know in advance if you are planning to come to visit me on Sunday; otherwise…you can always call me after the tour if you’d like to visit my studio.

I’ll Be Showing with Cherrywood Artists at the Vortex During EAST

East Austin Studio Tour 2010

The VORTEX and CHULA

are pleased to announce

an Open Studio and Performance Festival

at The VORTEX for

East Austin Studio Tour 2010

 

When: Saturday and Sunday, November 13-14, 21-22, 2010 11am-6pm.

CircX VorteX, November 14 7pm.

Where: The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Rd.  Austin, TX 78722

Free Admission!

The VORTEX and CHULA present 2 weekends of visual and performing arts for the East Austin Studio Tour.  Each day of the tour, visual artists display their work while performing artists provide demonstrations and performances.  See the full list of daily events at the Vortex website.

The Vortex is Exhibition Space # E28 on the EAST map.

Visual Artists from the Cherrywood Neighborhood include:

Paul Ahern, Cardboard Artist

Stephen Bartolomeo, Painter

Marykathryn Briggs, Photographer, http://www.blurb.com/books/ 1302977

Patricia Chapa, Silkscreen Paintings.

Marilyn Fenn, Painter, marilynfenn.com

Carolyn Green + Katinka Pinka, Mother-daughter team devoted to multi-media collage art, clothing, and accessories from recycled materials, www.katinkapinka.com

Cassandra Ramirez, ceramic artist showing bowls and succulent planters.

Cedar Stevens, hoopster and herbalist, Hoops by Hullaba Loola and Natural Magick Shop

Jeff Woodruff, art jeweler, painter and mobile sculptor, www.metalicity.com

 

Demonstrations and performances each day between 11am and 6pm of EAST include work by Sky Candy Aerial Collective, Drishti Dancers, John Steven, and Tyler, Abigail and Hansel, Nematoades, Haun’s Mill, Los Super Avengers, and Sticky Fingers Fashion Fragrance Show.

CircX VorteX returns with a fall installment at 7pm on November 14.  This Free Circus Arts show features Aerial arts by Sky Candy, Drishti Dancers, live music, and more.  Donations accepted to support the artists and the venue.

 

Chula

For more information contact vortex@vortexrep.org.

www.vortexrep.org

AVAA Member Show Continues

33rd AVAA Member Show

Partially showing, center, behind the guy’s head — my painting:
“Yellowstone”
Oil on canvas
16″ x 12″
© 2009 Marilyn Fenn

The opening for the 33rd Annual AVAA Members Show had an great turnout tonight! It was crowded by the time we arrived, shortly after 7pm, and just kept getting more crowded while we were there. Hard to see the art, though, with so many people there. 🙂

The show continues through August 7th at Studio2 Gallery, 1700 S. Lamar, Suite 318, in the South Lamar Business Park. Hope you can get by before it closes. There’s lots of wonderful work there.

AVAA Members Show This Saturday Night

"Yellowstone" Oil on canvas 16" x 12" © Marilyn Fenn
“Yellowstone” Oil on canvas 16″ x 12″ © Marilyn Fenn

I just returned from helping hang the new AVAA members show.  It is going to be great!  There are so many wonderful pieces in this show, and the space—Studio2—is one of my favorites in Austin.  There are many very nice representational works, a wide variety of beautiful abstract pieces, and quite a few sculptures.

I’m showing one of my favorite recent paintings, and I love where they have it hung!

The opening is this Saturday, July 17th, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.  The location is 1700 S. Lamar, Suite 318, in the South Lamar Business Park.  The show runs through August 7th.

Check the Studio2 website or the AVAA website for more information.