After a two week break over the holidays, this week Imagine Art studios are back in full swing! We revel in a very full and productive year in 2014, with gratitude for the amazing volunteers and generous contributors who made it all possible. We are looking forward to what God has in store for us in 2015, and with that in mind, our first exhibit of the year will be an Imagine Art staff show entitled “Come and Take It!” Texans will recognize this as the famous battle cry of the first battle for Texas independence that was fought in Gonzales in 1835, and it referred to a cannon that the Texans had taken into their possession and refused to relinquish. For Imagine Art, Executive Director Debbie Kizer says this theme signifies the good things that God has promised to those who ask of Him: provision; restoration; hope; love; joy; peace — whatever we need, that we can come and take it from Him, as it is freely offered! Come see works by Tony Hyden (Studio Facilitator), Debbie Kizer (Exec. Director), and Lacey Richter (Adjunct Studio Facilitator), opening at Imagine Art on Thursday, January 29, 7pm.
This year’s EAST (East Austin Studio Tour) stands to be the biggest one ever at Imagine Art! For the next two weekends — Sat. and Sun., Nov. 15-16 and 22-23, from 11am-6pm each day — our gallery will showcase original artwork by Imagine Art artists. But this year, our building also features expanded gallery space in which we welcome ten additional artists from the Austin community! Drop by Imagine Art’s Studio and Gallery for coffee, pastries, art, music, and cool, artistic retail products (greeting cards; handmade jewelry; mugs; playing cards; games; tote bags and more)! A huge THANK YOU to Whole Foods and to Sweetish Hill Bakery for generously providing baked goods for our continental breakfast reception starting at 11am on Sat., Nov. 15th!
Come say hello, support Imagine Art, and welcome our special guest artists: Lawrence Jolly, John and Randy Smith Huke, Lucian Richards, Bill Kolb, Matchi, Myra Douglass, Jan Pomeroy, Janet Currath McGuffin, and Michiel Rushing. We also encourage you to buy your lunch or dinner from Goodies and Bits food truck that will be in our parking lot, offering Soul Food and Bar-B-Q! See you here!
The air in Austin has a bit of crispness to it now that indicates Fall is here, and with that, a new season of activity and accomplishments for the Imagine Art artists. In the coming week, you are invited to join us for an off-site group exhibition of Imagine Art at Austin Oaks Church (the new name of First Evangelical Free Church). Austin Oaks has a beautiful Visual Arts Ministry and gallery, and Imagine Art’s show includes the work of twenty of our artists, and particularly features our own Nancy West. Nancy has been hard at work on a series of oil paintings (11 in total), a series titled “The Likeness of Christ: 9 Fruits of the Spirit.” The opening reception is Sunday, September 28 at 12:30pm at Austin Oaks, and Nancy will also give a Gallery Talk at Austin Oaks at 7:00pm on Tuesday, September 30th. We’re so proud of Nancy for her accomplishment that represents not only her artistic talent but also her own process of life transformation.
In the studio, we are working like little bees in a hive to prepare for the East Austin Studio Tour, coming in November. Details forthcoming!
Imagine Art invites you to celebrate the latest accomplishments from our fine art studio with our next exhibit, titled “The Outsiders: Art and Belonging.” This theme plays on the idea of ‘outsider art’ (by self-taught artists who are ‘outside’ the mainstream art world), as well as the book and movie called The Outsiders that is about a group of misfits who find friendship with each other. While Imagine Art is not strictly about either of those things, they both contain elements that different members of our community can perhaps relate to. After all, not everyone in the world shares our love for making art – but that’s definitely something we all have in common! Please join us for the opening reception at our gallery on Thursday, August 14th, 6-8pm.
photo credit: Thomas Kemper
Imagine Art announces the launch of ReNEW East, a creative incubator for artists on the east side. 10,000 sqft of warehouse space has been converted to studios, gallery and conference space where artists are creating and displaying.
There is power in relationships, place and belonging. Our environment impacts our ‘making’ process as artists. Our creative community is recruiting 20 artists to partner in an “OPEN STUDIO” model.
Our creative community is complete with wide open spaces, industrial ceilings, lighting, AC, High speed wireless, free parking, quality water and access to a daily lunch cooked from the garden. Conveniently located at the M Station Metro stop off MLK; 2830 Real Street (78722)
You are also invited to come to Imagine Art on Friday, July 18th, 1-4pm, for the “I AM SPECIAL” party, which brings together Imagine Art’s campers from the Art and Spirit retreat and celebrates the birthday of Benjamin G. Miller. We will have fajitas, cake, and ice cream! All who would like to attend are asked to RSVP by July 10th to firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-448-1840.
Austin’s famed “6th Street Cowboy,” Sam, is a friend of Imagine Art, and one day this week he brought his horse, Texas, and his mule, Mulah, to Imagine Art for our artists to ride and pet. Thank you, Sam! You have given several of us our very first opportunity to ride one of these amazing animals!
In other news, we had a fantastic opening night for our current exhibit, “Inside Out.” It is on view in our gallery through July, so come on by and see the artwork, and meet our artists as they work in the studio. Visitors are welcome!
Imagine Art currently also has an exhibit at Gateway Church (installed prior to Easter, and coming down June 13th), and newly installed exhibits at Sunrise Community Church and at Hope Chapel (through July 31st). We love to form mutually beneficial partnerships with local churches and kindred organizations. Many of our volunteers come from area churches, and we are happy to share our art and stories with our community. Please be in touch with us if you would like information about volunteering with Imagine Art!
In our building, ReNEW East, there have been some exciting developments! The School of Pottery is now operating on-site, giving pottery lessons on a sliding-scale basis, and reaching out to underserved children in the local community, to give them a chance to try this art form! Potter/Pastor Dan Goddard is also leading Friday night Artisan chapel services, starting with a potluck dinner at 6:00pm, followed by a 7:00pm service. All are invited to participated in fellowship, singing, and creative worship with whatever your art form might be. While church involvement of any kind is never a requirement for any Imagine Art artists, many do choose to participate in these activities, and it’s amazing to see the results in new friendships and transformed lives!
Transformation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It happens in a context. It happens in a place. It happens in a community. This is the place where it happens for us. And you’re invited. “Inside Out: form & transformation” is a collection of new works from the artists of Imagine Art. Opening reception is Thursday, May 22nd, 5-8pm, with brief gallery remarks at 7:30pm. The exhibit continues in our gallery through mid-July.
And, this coming Saturday, May 10th, is our monthly Artist Breakfast. This month we have a volunteer group from the Ragamuffin Church, a gathering of Austin artists, who are sponsoring and cooking breakfast for us! Thanks, Ragamuffins! As always, everyone is welcome to come (for FREE), view our current exhibit, reconnect with old friends, and meet new ones. And this month we also welcome the Luke 4:18 ministry that will meet at our facility from 12 – 3pm every second Saturday, following the Artist Breakfast, to offer to pray for anyone who would like. All are invited to participate in singing, prayer, and fellowship during this time.
Imagine Art is pleased to announce our new building name, ReNEW East, which will continue to house Imagine Art, as well as our partners in the building — some new organizations, and some continuing ones — including Austin New Church (East) and The School of Pottery, to name just a couple. Welcome, all!
Currently, we are gearing up for our next art exhibit — ‘Inside-Out: form and transformation’ — which will open on Thursday, May 22, 5-8pm here at Imagine Art. Mark your calendars now. Further details forthcoming!
In other happenings around Imagine Art, Jim Janknegt has been teaching a painting class here on Thursday evenings over the past six weeks. Several Imagine Art artists have participated in this wonderful opportunity to learn from a master artist.
Last month, the artists of Imagine Art, in conjunction with IA staff and our visiting guests from Vanderbilt University, embarked on several field trips to local galleries and museums, including The Contemporary Austin, The Blanton Museum, and Flatbed Press and Gallery. These field trips are fun ways for the artists to experience lots of different artistic media, and to gain inspiration for their own work!
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!