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
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.
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.
THE BACKGROUND OF PARABLES…
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: http://helploc.al/imagineparables
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.
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.
Imagine Art is excited to participate in the first annual Amplify Austin. Along with 300 nonprofits, we are privileged to work alongside I Live Here, I Give Here to develop donors in our city that will support and sustain local nonprofits.
Imagine Art has been an amazing place for all that are associated with it. Lives are changing here and God is being experienced in a special way.
I invite you to be a part of our story. Every life is a work of art at Imagine Art and your gift makes a difference.
John, an artist and volunteer, has created a whimsical ceramics and herb garden on the side of our building adjoining the fine art studio. The garden serves as a retreat and general hang out space for the artists when they want to enjoy some sunshine. This is another example of artists making our space more beautiful through their creative gifts.
Debbie is one of the many artists in our community who gives back by helping others. Debbie has begun mentoring one fellow artist in drawing (shown above) and another in clay sculpture. She also enjoys cooking lunch for her fellow artists using fresh produce from our garden. Thank you Debbie!
Time for Fall planting is here! Imagine Art partnered with The Green Corn Project this past Saturday to till and start planting our Fall garden. Thank you to all of the Green Corn and Imagine Art volunteers that made this effort possible! We are looking forward to enjoying the delicious fruits of your labor.
Tien has recently discovered a love for working with clay. She has been creating intricate glass and tile mosaics for years and is enjoying applying her skills to a new media. Here Tien is creating a series of playful animals out of clay: