Stop by the gallery this week to see the work of new Member-Artist Suzanne Shield-Polk. She is a long-time ceramicist and more recent encaustic painter. Her Spotlight features work in both media and even some pieces that marry the two.
Suzanne's work will continue to be part of the gallery, but this is a fabulous opportunity to see it displayed together as a body of work. Don't miss it!
Guest Artist: Martha Gibson
We are so excited to be able to present our first Guest Artist show. Join us in the gallery to welcome Martha Gibson and her show, Surface Stories.
Old photographs, ephemera in all forms and old pieces of gadgets are my art supplies. I am drawn to these media because I am fascinated by the way in which our interior lives become visible, how our pasts intermingle with our presents and are revealed. The current series, Surface Stories, explores the way in which these compelling elements can be combined to tell new stories, surface stories. I use old dolls and 19th century photographic portraits blended with family members. My own photography is combined with the images of the past. I want the viewer to experience the contradictions of time and to read the partial stories that appear on the surface of each of us. Through my selection of certain old objects, the history of that object becomes part of my history and the history of the viewer.
Looking back over this past year, 2017 was year of discovery for our new cooperative. We opened as a group of like-minded artists on April 20th, 2017, with a preview pop-up show, and then went on to open our doors officially in May 2017. Between May and December, we spent our time learning how to run an art gallery, develop bylaws and operational policies, and getting to know each other. In late December we became legally recognized by the Texas Secretary of State as the first artist cooperative in San Marcos, Texas, operating under the Texas Cooperative Statute. We were guided through that process by an amazing legal expert of cooperative formations, Mrs. Kristin Scheel. I feel like since 2016 I've witnessed a significant welling-up or art & artistic interest and expression in this community. Our downtown art activities have increased, and art events in general are more well-attended than I ever remember. I have been inspired by our participation in this emerging creative culture, and invigorated by the community in general. I look forward to a new year, and all the opportunities and discoveries ahead, and I also look forward to many new friends and artistic ideas--perhaps it may be with you! Cheers and may your 2018 be what you wish.
-- Kevin Huffaker, Capitán de la Cooperativa 218
We're cooking up all sorts of holiday plans. This month's Third Thursday Downtown Walkabout will feature a full reconfiguration of the gallery. We like to keep changing things up in the space. It helps motivate us to create new work and it allows you to see new things each time you come in. We'll have wine and snacks during the event and Bonner Armbruster will be on hand with some of his favorite hand tools showing folks some of the many (many!!) steps that go into making a piece of fine furniture.
Stop by from 6 to 9 on the 16th, have some wine, check out all the new art and maybe even get in some early holiday shopping.
Shop Small Saturday is a nationwide event on November 25th. It's has become a great way for small, locally owned businesses to gain traction during the beginning of the holiday shopping season. As you shop, post pics with #shopsmallsmtx to fill up your passport and you'll have a chance to win great prizes. We have tons of new, small work in the gallery that will allow you to get a little bit of art for everyone on your holiday list. We'll also have a collage stations set up so you can take a break and make some of your own art.
We propose you kick back and relax on Black Friday. Avoid the crowds and the crazy and instead come downtown on Saturday to enjoy a fun and fruitful day of shopping from all the local businesses we're lucky to have in SMTX. The holidays represent nearly 30% of annual revenues for many small businesses, so spending your dollars locally has a huge impact and helps keep our small businesses healthy.
Join us on the 19th for another installation of the Downtown Walkabout. If you haven't made it out yet for one of these events, it's really worth checking out. Lots of folks out and about, shops open late and live music in Kissing Alley. It's a great family oriented and community focused event. This month we'll be playing around with some batty things, so be sure to stop by to say hi and see what we're up to.
Our very own Karen Cross came up with the theme for the August installment of Third Thursday. This month it's all about being "Too Cool for School". 218 Artist Carol Schwartz has many cool talents (and often teaches them!) but this month she has offered to demonstrate how to make simple cloth napkins.
The 218 family decided early on to try to keep our waste to a minimum and Carol has been instrumental in making that a reality. She proposed cloth napkins, reusable wooden plates and now she has even made us a bunch of amazing clay cups. All these efforts have kept our event waste to a barely-there level. Stop by on Thursday, August 17th to see a bunch of new work in the gallery and learn a bit about how small changes can make a real difference to resource consumption.
BREAKING NEWS!: There will be free electric cab service circling the downtown area. You can park at the Lions Club lot to avoid downtown parking and ride in style over to the heart of the Walkabout. You can also jump on at a designated spot and get over to Walkabout participants who are slightly further out like The Price Center and The Good Stuff Community Store.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the monthly Third Thursday Downtown Walkabouts. We'll be open during each of them and are planning out something special to boot! This month we'll have Christine set up with a table of tin and tools to show you some of the techniques she uses to create her upcycled jewelry.