As many of you know, we are moving the gallery to 123 N. Main Street on the square in La Grange. In anticipation of the move, we will close the Bastrop gallery on Labor Day and hope to open in the new location on September 23. We're planning a grand opening on October 7.
We can't express enough how much gratitude we feel toward the people and the community of Bastrop and the love we've received from all of you since we opened up this space. We won't be terribly far away, so we're hoping to see many of you in our new space in the future!
We're proud to announce the Featured Artist of August 2017 is Tyler Hobbs of Austin.
Tyler Hobbs is a generative artist living in Austin, TX. He received a B.S. in Computer Science
from the University of Texas in 2010, and worked on Apache Cassandra, a high performance
database, for six years. Before focusing on generative artwork, Tyler studied traditional figure
drawing and oil painting, with an emphasis on landscapes and portraits. In 2017, Tyler became
a full-time artist, focusing on promoting and developing the underexplored medium of generative
Join Us For The First Friday Art Walk
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017 5:30 - 8:30 P.M.
CHECK OUT HOUSTON LLEWS NEW FRONTIERS COLLECTION OF SPIRITILES AT ART CONNECTIONS GALLERY
This summer, find yourself - lost - found - in that moment, in the gift of whatever is your frontier. Pursue it. Take the risk.
You have oceans yet to fly.
- Houston Llew
"Members of Bastrop Clay Arts will give a presentation at 7 pm on Thursday, April 6 at Art Connections Gallery. The event will feature the video “State of Clay: Texas Ceramics - Past and Present,’” the story of Texas pottery from prehistory to the 21st century, with an emphasis on Central Texas and Bastrop County. This rich and varied history includes work from the Jornada Mogollon culture of West Texas, East Texas’ Caddo tribe, Spanish Colonial manufacturers, 19th century settlers, enslaved antebellum laborers, 20th century studio potters and today’s contemporary ceramicists and sculptors.
A version of the video will also accompany an exhibition on display from April 1 - May 13 at Bastrop County’s Historical Society Museum. This show will include examples of work from the 19th century Bastrop County potteries: Dunkin Jug Factory, Stoker Pottery and McDade Pottery, as well as later legacy potters and teachers.
The Art Connections and museum events are part of Bastrop Clay Arts’ 2nd annual “Mostly Clay” Spring Invitational. This dynamic exhibition/marketplace will include work by approximately 20 artists and will be held at Studio Espavo, 924 Main Street in Bastrop. Opening night will coincide with First Friday Art Walk. Times are Friday evening 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday noon to 3:00 pm."
Glenda Kronke - FEATURED ARTIST FOR APRIL 2017
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK April 7, 2017 will feature Glenda Kronke
Glass Kiln forming is the process of shaping glass in a kiln by utilizing heat and gravity.
I have worked with glass in its many forms over the years and really enjoy the variety and endless possibilities that working in a kiln affords.
This particular process was developed early on in my career as I experimented with glass in its powdered form.
I use crushed colored glass to ‘draw my design’ on a flat shelf. I then heat this crushed glass to a high enough temperature to melt it. As the glass cools, it becomes solid. I repeat this process several times adding layers of colored glass with each firing. I then hand form a mold out of fiber paper and place the piece on these forms in such a way as to let gravity and the heat of the kiln gently bend the glass to its final shape.
I use many methods and techniques to make my work. This series starts with colored art glass that has been crushed into a powder form (like flour). I use different tools to manipulate the powdered glass, essentially drawing my design on a flat shelf. This powdered glass is then fired in a kiln at high temperatures, melts and becomes a solid piece of glass as it cools.
I use a hand held pencil grinder to refine the design and grind the edges of each piece. I can now begin layering different colors of powdered glass on top of this piece creating nuances of color, dramatic contrasts and shading. The piece is fired several times depending on the look I’m after.
The next step is to shape the piece. (each piece is fired on a flat shelf, not in a mold) The flat piece needs to be bent over a form. I use fiber paper to make my forms. Each one has to be individually made to fit the glass. The glass is laid on the form and the kiln is heated to a temperature that will let the glass bend but not melt. I let gravity and heat do the rest.
Most of my work will have a matte finish. (The process of firing the glass leaves the surface shiny and reflective). I accomplish this by sandblasting with aluminum oxide and then I apply a product (*Rain-X) as a protective to keep fingerprints and dust off.
"Art can get you through it."
We usually just cover what is going on in our gallery--upcoming shows, events, and highlighting featured artists, but it's important to remember that our artists are busy doing work that is not always seen in the gallery. Click the image below to read a recently published article about David Johnson.