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.
WE TALK TO CYNTHIA BLOOM, FEATURED ARTIST OF DECEMBER, ABOUT HER JOURNEY INTO DESIGNING JEWELRY
AC: How did you come to start this artistic journey of making jewelry?
CB: Once in a blue moon, a seemingly unremarkable incident can lead to a completely new path in life. That moment came 15 years ago when I was invited by a friend to place a few items in an upcoming antique sale.
The invitation took me down a path that I never imagined, toward a career in the design of a fashion jewelry line noted for both its vintage character and timeless appeal.
At the time of my friend's request, I recalled an antique necklace that I had treasured and worn until the strings had broken. In a few evenings, I restrung the tiny glass beads, designing five new necklaces in the process. Prior to the sale, I showed my creations at work, where they were an instant hit with co-workers and customers alike. I thought it was pretty remarkable that, without even trying, I was instantly getting requests for custom orders. With my curiosity aroused, I went online to research the origin of the beads in my possession and soon discovered that the shimmering spheres were hand-blown and hand-cut in Europe, sometime around 1910. I learned that master bead makers had been forced to store their beads in hiding during both world wars, to protect them from confiscation or destruction. Later, many handmade beads had been exported. Some supplies however, remained available, primarily with dealers in Europe. I immediately made contact and requested color samples. Upon their arrival, I ordered my first supply and, on a financial wing and prayer, I was in the business of jewelry design.
Using iridescent beads, rare antique Swarovski crystals and handcrafted glass buttons made with up to 200-year old molds, my creations recall a grand historical era of the past, yet do so with contemporary flair.
AC: Tell us about the Special materials used in your pieces (buttons and crystals).
CB: My designs include rare antique hand-blown, hand-cut Czech glass beads circa 1910-1920, vintage and modern Swarovski Austrian crystals, freshwater pearls, unique gemstones and Czech glass buttons that are hand-pressed with up to 200 year-old tools.
AC: Tell us what inspired you to do the Milonga series.
CB: I discovered by accident, several years ago, that my birth grandmother was a family secret and that she had lived in Argentina. After I got over my shock, I spent a lot of time thinking about her and wondering what she was like. In this state of mind, I decided to name a line in my jewelry collection Milonga. In Argentina, a Milonga is a gathering place where people go to tango, so I chose that name in tribute to the Argentinean woman of mystery who was my grandmother.
Casually elegant, the Milonga designs are a lighter, playful version of the larger button necklaces in my collection and are created with smaller glass buttons, modern Swarovski crystals and jeweler's silk knotting cord.
AC: Where do you get your inspiration?
CB: My mother was born in 1912 and I think my inspiration started when I was a little girl back in the 1950s. The sparkle of my mother's engagement ring from the 1920s was always catching my eye. I loved pulling all of the glimmering vintage jewels out of her small jewelry box — it was like I had re-discovered a treasure chest every time I looked through it. The styles, colors and fashions in the Victorian, Edwardian and Deco period's have always drawn me in. So I look for timeless treasures that have never been used and am passionate about bringing such spectacular works of the past into the present, where they can be seen, worn and enjoyed by an entirely new generation. This gives real meaning to my work, not to mention the joy and smiles I witness when people discover my collection.
AC: What do you enjoy doing when you are not making art?
CB: I love being outdoors which includes playing tennis as much as my body will allow, which hopefully is close to every day!
Coming from a photography background, I can get lost for hours looking through the lens of a camera capturing moments whether it's the setting sun, a macro view of the hustle and bustle of bees buzzing around my garden, or whatever!
Life is good when a summer day includes a swim and a relaxing couple of hours with a friend at Barton Springs 68 degree year-round pool.
The beach is my ultimate happy place and whenever I can, taking a trip down to the Texas coast with family, friends and our two Australian Shepherd dogs (who absolutely LOVE running the beach and jumping the waves) rocks my boat!
Having trained my dogs for years, we enjoy agility classes together, running obstacles and occasionally entering competition trials too! I've also trained both of them to be therapy dogs and we volunteer together at the Dell Children's Medical Center where it's incredibly rewarding to see the positive impact they bring to the children and their families.
Cooking gourmet meals, playing Canasta, volunteering at The High Road on Dawson — a philanthropic non-profit group that serves the Austin community.
So many interests and so little time!
We sit down with Sharon Zeugin,