CALL FOR ARTISTS | 2019 TINY ART OF TEXAS
218 CO-OP in San Marcos, Texas announces a Call for Entries for its 2019 Tiny Art of Texas Show (TATx). This juried exhibition will celebrate Texas fine artists who create work on a small scale, in a broad range of media and styles.
Applications are open from JUNE 20 to SEPT 20, 2019.
The exhibition will be on display from Thursday, November 7, 2019 to Sunday, December 1, 2019 during normal business hours, in the unique and beautiful 218 Co-Op Gallery, located at 218 N. Guadalupe Street, in the heart of San Marcos, Texas.
An Opening Awards Reception will take place in the gallery on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 6 to 9pm.
AWARDS : BEST OF SHOW $500 | AWARD OF EXCELLENCE $200 | AWARD OF DISTINCTION $100
The Best of Show recipient will be given an opportunity to exhibit as a 218 Co-Op Guest Artist for a month-long solo display in a portion of the gallery during 2020, dates TBD.
Exhibiting artists, friends, and family are invited to enjoy art, live music, and refreshments along with members of the art community. Awards will be presented at this time.
We are overjoyed to have renowned artist Catherine Lee as the Guest Awards Judge for this competition. Ms. Lee has exhibited extensively, abroad and in the United States, having had one-person exhibitions in galleries in New York City, London, Paris, Milan, Salzburg, Barcelona, Zürich, Copenhagen, San Francisco, Cologne, Tokyo, Osaka, etc. After 32 years working in New York and London, Lee returned to her native state and built a studio in the Texas Hill Country, where her work continues without the distraction of urban life. Her abstract paintings and sculptures balance the flat landscape of Texas with the verticality of New York.
MAKE ART IN AN ART-FULL SPACE ! | Sunday July 28th | Time: 10a - 6p
Join us at 218 Co-Op Gallery for a one-day workshop to explore a variety of techniques and media for building mixed surfaces to achieve a finished composition. Includes collage, acrylic paint, drawing media, and use of found objects. We’ll also create collage material using leftover supplies. Sign up today!
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.