Spring 2014

It is Spring 2014 and the Imagine Art community is diving into a new season of blessing and challenge! We have two major events in March of 2014; Amplify Austin and our annual Art and Spirit Retreat.

Amplify Austin is scheduled for March 20-21st. Imagine Art participates in this city-wide giving day with a goal to raise $7,000 for our 2014 FY budget. Staff, board, artists and volunteers are competing with fund raising pages this year! Check our our Amplify Tab for details.

The Art and Spirit Retreat is scheduled for March 27th – 30th, 2014. Fifty artists will head to Gonzales, Texas for 4 fun filled days of art, food, fishing and exploring God. Check out the A & S tab under the Services Tab.

One last major development. We expanded our space and are bringing in new partners. Check out our “Space” tab and look for updates as they happen! We are excited and praying for sustainable resources!

We’re Floored!

Vanderbilt University students Emily and Madeline work on our studio floor.

Vanderbilt University students Emily and Madeline work on our studio floor.

Last week we welcomed around one hundred guests to the opening of our new gallery exhibit, “YOU CAN DANCE IF YOU WANT TO: A Body of Art on Being a Body.” Thank you to our visitors and art patrons for coming to show your support for the Imagine Art artists and their work. If you missed the opening, don’t despair –  the exhibit will be on view during our regular gallery hours (M – F, 9am – 4pm) through May 6th!

This week, Imagine Art welcomes a group of students from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, who are spending their ‘Alternative Spring Break’ serving us by refinishing the floors in the Imagine Art offices and studio. While we love our vibey East side warehouse location, there is no denying that our floors needed an upgrade — badly! This group of twelve students have arrived with great attitudes and willingness to serve. Thank you, team!

YOU CAN DANCE IF YOU WANT TO exhibit opening Feb. 27th!


Ramin Mandavi

Ramin Mandavi

You are warmly invited to the next exhibit at Imagine Art:

YOU CAN DANCE IF YOU WANT TO: A Body of Art on Being a Body. New works by the Imagine Art community, and featuring Ramin Mandavi. An intuitive abstract visual artist, Ramin also has some sweet dance moves! Opening reception Thursday, February 27th, 5 – 7:30pm. Brief gallery remarks at 6:30, followed by a dance party! All ages and abilities welcome. Free admission.




Several SAVE THE DATE Announcements

In order of occurrence…. First, this Saturday, February 8th,save-the-date-calendar is our monthly Artist Breakfast. 10am – 12pm. All are welcome! Second, please plan to join us for our next exhibit opening on Thursday, February 27th, 5 – 7:30pm. This will be a gallery reception followed by a dance party! FUN for all ages and abilities! More details soon… And lastly, our annual ART AND SPIRIT retreat will be held March 27-30 in Gonzalez, Texas. This retreat is open to all registered Imagine Art artists and staff, as well as selected volunteers. If you have any questions, please contact us. We look forward to seeing you, and remember: Our gallery is always open for visitors during our regular hours, 9am – 4pm Monday – Friday.

Artist Breakfast and Town Hall Meeting this Sat., Jan. 11, 2014

You are invited to join us this Saturday morning, Jan. 11th, 10am – 12noon for the kick-off monthly Artist Breakfast of 2014! Breakfast will be followed by an Imagine Art Town Hall Meeting, in which we will hear updates from Imagine Art leadership regarding plans for the upcoming year, including exhibits, facility status, and our life together as a community. We’d love to dialogue with you. See you here!

2013 EAST AUSTIN STUDIO TOUR! Nov. 16-17 and 23-24


Imagine Art is once again participating in the annual East Austin Studio Tour (EAST), and those weekends are quickly approaching! They are Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16-17 and 23-24, from 11am to 6pm each day. Imagine Art will have an open studio, an expanded selection of artwork in our gallery, and a bigger retail area with art prints, greeting cards, puzzles, hats, ceramics, and more unique items created by our community!

We’ll have free coffee for our guests, and we’re excited to see you here! Pick up your copy of the EAST catalog at any Austin-area public library, plan your route, and make sure Imagine Art is one of your stops!

Credits: EAST 2013 postcard designed by IA artist, Elias Sofikitis, featuring work of IA Studio Facilitator, Tony Hyden

THIS ABILITY exhibit opening on Thurs., Sept. 26th, 6-8pm

This Ability invitation You are warmly invited to celebrate the latest accomplishments from our fine art studio! Opening reception for ‘THIS ABILITY: New work by the artists at Imagine Art’ is on Thursday, September 26th, 6-8pm, with remarks from the director at 7:30pm.

“PARABLES: Stories in Pictures” Exhibit Opening / July 18th, 5-8pm

Age-old wisdom is re-presented by artists with disabilities. Opening reception 5-8pm on Thursday, July 18th, 2013 with remarks from the director at 7pm. Meet the artists, and enjoy delicious finger foods and ‘mocktails.’ Free admission.

"Forewarning" / oil on canvas by Nancy West / 36" x 36"

Forewarning/Nancy West/oil on canvas/36″x36″

During lunchtime on Mondays at Imagine Art, our community has Story Circle. One of our leader artists supplies the topic, ranging from “Your childhood pet” to “How do you encounter God in your life?” As each artist reflects on a significant, often humorous, memory from his or her life, we are reminded together that we are a community of stories. Our lives are stories and we, in turn, are storytellers.

The exhibit theme of PARABLES was suggested by one of the Imagine Art artists. Parables – stories that convey some spiritual or moral lesson – are found in cultures throughout the world, and the artists chose whichever one they wanted. Most chose to work with a parable from the Bible. Some pieces depict scenes described in the text – sometimes rendered to look historically accurate, sometimes reimagined in a modern context. Other works are more abstract, responding to the theme with color and movement. Many artists created their pieces of art for this show independently, with little outside direction. Some artists developed their work with closer guidance from the Studio Facilitators. In the end, you as the viewer engage the artwork on its own terms, bringing to the experience your own story. Thank you for being here and, by opening your heart to the artists and their work, becoming an honorary member of our Story Circle.

You can RSVP and share with your friends on Facebook! Here is a shortlink:

Artist Breakfast Saturday May 10

Hello Beautiful Community.  YOU are invited to join us for a fabulously FREE Artist Breakfast this Saturday, May 10th.  The community will gather at 10 am.  Our space is located at 2830 Real Street.  Come hungry and ready to connect with artists, explore the gallery and buy some art!  The menu will feature our famous Lydia Migas and pancakes ~ it’s better than chicken and waffles.

See you Saturday.

Artists, Caretakers of the Imagination

Blog Post Monday March 11th, 2013

I had the privilege to attend a Pastors of Artist retreat at Laity Lodge these past four days. I walked through some personal inadequacies in going. I am not a pastor and yet I pastor. I am an artist yet I am untrained, like most within my community. The culture of the retreat was academic and the room was filled with artists that were educated, well trained and established. The hearts of the people there quickly rose to the surface and I was ‘among friends’, despite how differently we each arrived there.

The topic was Artist, Caretaker of the Imagination. The imagination is a creative vehicle that moves us towards our reality. In essence, it both represents what we think about our reality and it determines it. The big idea was to be intentional about our imagination. We are to care for our imagination, allowing it to shape us as artists and impact those around us.

Each artist walked away with what his or her own heart was ready to hear. I heard “Come, like a child. Rest in me that you might know me. Know me as a master artist knows his craft. Apprentice in me, says the Lord. You are my living work of art, my expression.