Artist & Teacher: Apinya Srikhwanthong

Did you know, Apinya teaches children’s art classes on Thursday through the Arts Council of Brazos Valley? Last week, students made their own paper from scraps they had saved using Apinya’s paper-making techniques.

Students also made and decorated their own ice cream sundaes, and worked on outdoor sketches with pastels. Wonderful work students, and wonderful work teacher 🙂

For more information about the Arts Council’s Art After School program, check out the ACBV program details on the ACBV website.

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4th Friday Art Opening! 5pm-7pm, Sept. 28th

Join us for the Navasota 4th Friday Art Opening at the Horlock Gallery, 5pm-7pm, this Friday, September 28th—our first opening event this season!

Address: Horlock Gallery, 1215 E Washington Ave, Navasota, TX, 77868 (MAP)

Artists-in-Residence Apinya Srikhwanthong, Hannah Duggan, and Rebecca Dias look forward to sharing their art with you. At 7pm, we will close the Horlock gallery and head to The Gallery in Downtown Navasota (if you’d like to join us there)!

View our 4th Friday Art Walk Map here: Art Walk - 4th Friday Navasota

For more information, contact Rebecca at rebecca.w.dias@gmail.com.

Hope to see you Friday!

Local Connections: ‘Respect’ at Texas A&M’s Wright Gallery

On September 11th, Navasota Artists-in-Residence visited Texas A&M’s Wright Gallery for the opening of ‘Respect’ by Jenn Hassin, a U.S. Air Force veteran and professional artist. Her installation uses papers made from the fabric of recycled veteran and civilian uniforms to explore the significance, values, and interpretations associated with people serving in the military.

We were honored to have a chance to visit this opening on September 11th. Thank you, Texas A&M and Jenn Hassin for collaborating to host this exhibit.

The Wright Gallery, located at Texas A&M’s Langford Architecture Center, will continue to host the exhibit until October 29th. For more information, check out KAGS article on the exhibit here.

Welcome, and Welcome Back!

Welcome, & Welcome back… most places it’s back-to-school, but for us, it’s back-to-art!

For our blog series kickoff (pardon the pun, Aggieland!), we asked each artist 2 questions: (1) What did you do this summer break? (2) What were you looking forward to most about Navasota? See our answers below:

Apinya: I went home to San Francisco, I got to see my family (they visited from Thailand!), and we went to the Muir Woods National Monument. I also got to see my cat, Pebbles, who has been staying with my friend while I’ve been in Texas. I also went to the Dallas Museum of Art on my way back to Navasota.

In this residency, I want to try to make a larger body of work, perhaps even an installation, and explore figurative and portrait work in addition to paper sculpture.

Rebecca: This summer, I got to attend a painting workshop in Sedona with abstract mixed-media artist Joan Fullerton. I also spent some time with friends in Los Angeles, and visited my sister in Washington D.C. When I was accepted to the residency here, I had to quit my art-teaching position of the last 3 years. I will miss my students, but I am very excited and honored to have this opportunity to pursue my artwork full-time.

I think I am most looking forward to having time to paint (all day, every day–as much as I can)! In addition, I’m excited to explore more of the area. On my way here from Phoenix, I drove through Marfa, Texas, where I was able to tour Chinati and artist Donald Judd’s estate at the Judd Foundation. I’m looking forward to learning more about Texas and the culture, community, and history of art here.

Hannah: This summer, I attended a 7-week artist’s residency at Chautauqua School of Art in Chautauqua, New York, with 38 other artists. It was an amazing experience!

I am looking forward to working on a painting-a-day series for 30 days–I started September 1st, so I’m actually on day 12 already! I’m also looking forward to preparing for graduate school while I’m here.

Also, last Thursday, we were able to attend the Arts Council of Brazos Valley Gala and Auction (Wizard-of-Oz Theme) with the City of Navasota. We were so excited to hear about the ACBV’s new location, and all that they are doing to promote the arts in the Brazos Valley. Thank you for supporting and including us!

 

Greetings, Navasota! The Horlock Gallery opens again…

Artists Apinya, Hannah, and Rebecca are excited to announce the Gallery opening day, TODAY, Wednesday, September 5th!

Our fall hours are Wednesday through Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm (for tours and appointments, please contact info@acbv.org). Occasionally, we may close or relocate for special events–check our Facebook for updates.

Navasota Examiner WelcomeAlso, a special thank you to the City Council for welcoming us last week, and to Connie Clements, for covering our visit to the City Council in the Navasota Examiner. We are honored to be here, and looking forward to the next 6 months in Navasota!

Photo credit: Photo from Navasota Examiner Article August 2018, by Connie Clements, http://www.navasotaexaminer.com/news/article_0f685a9e-ab0e-11e8-b95a-47cae2fd04c6.html?mode=image&photo=0

Creative Paper Collage in Artist Connect Workshops

On March 20-21, 2018, I have done Artist Connect Workshops at Brule Elementary in Navasota and Crockett Elementary School in Bryan. As a mixed media paper artist, my workshops were about ‘Paper Collage’ introducing students to a technique of assembling various pieces of paper to create an artwork. Kids were excited to learn how to collage in different themes; food, fruit, ice cream, monster, and bunny. We had fun cutting and gluing color papers together and below are some pictures from the workshops.

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Volunteer Painting for Songkran Festival in Austin

       Songkran has long been the most famous and significant festival celebrating Thai traditional New Year. Water is symbolically used to show respect and to cool down during the hottest month of April in Thailand. Pouring water onto hands of elderly members of the family or society to show gratefulness and ask for their blessings as well as water party along streets in Thailand to feel refreshed are common norms during this festival to strengthen relationships in families and communities.
       Here in the United States, Buddhananachat Temple of Austin celebrated Sonkran (traditional Thai New Year) Festival on Saturday April 7th, 2018, 10am – 12am (Midnight). There were Thai Classical Dance from Houston and Band from San Antonio and Thai food trucks from Austin, Dallas, and others.
         The temple was looking for volunteers for the event, and we volunteered to paint a backdrop for stage shows. We drove from Navasota to Austin to paint four panels, then brought them back to finish at the Horlock House. It took several weeks to finish, but it felt so good when we got it done with details of Thai temples, golden pagodas, sand sculptures, water lilies pond, and water splash. We were so glad to see people enjoyed the painting and had fun at the festival. And we had a happy Thai New Year as well!

         As an artist from Thailand, I(Apinya) was really pleased to be a part of the Songkran festival at the temple and so thankful to have a teamwork experience with good friends, Zachary and Ian. Best of all, it was nice celebrating Songkran with our art, the art of giving back from volunteerism. Thank you Buddhananachat Temple of Austin for having us.

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Rocking Navasota with Art!

On the 4th Friday of March we painted rocks at the Gallery Downtown and now the rocks are hiding around Navasota for you to seek! If you found an Art Rock, please take a picture of you with the Art Rock and post it on the “Rocking Navasota with Art” Facebook group page. You can keep the rock and create another art rock for someone else to find, or you can hide the rock by releasing it into the wilds of downtown Navasota for another hunter to find. Let’s rock Navasota and have fun with art!

 

Bryan Art Fair had made our day!

The Downtown Bryan Street & Art Fair took place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10am-6pm on West. 26th Street between Main St. and Parker Ave. in conjunction with Texas A&M’s Family Weekend. The event featured artists and artisans from across the region selling their handmade creations. There were live music, hands on art demonstrations and street performers for entertainment. Admission was free.

We were at the Arts Council’s booth, presenting our artworks to the public. I (Apinya) brought some supplies to set up a mini studio space to create works at the event. I had combined paper quilling with watercolor for new pieces of artworks celebrating beautiful Spring in Texas. Zachary had done some quick drawings along with his creative mixed media paintings, and Ian had a unique open-air photography exhibition. It had been a long day, but it was really nice to meet and greet people with our arts. We were so happy we made some sales during the event, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for the support from lovely people and this ideal opportunity! It totally made our day! 🙂