In February, Navasota Artist-in-Residence Hannah Duggan returned to her home in Georgia, upon the completion of the Fall Residency Term. Hannah is an amazing artist, and we are excited for her next adventure in Graduate School, for her MFA, but we will miss her!
Artists Rebecca Dias and Apinya Srikhwanthong both were able to extend their residency terms. Apinya is the first NAIR to be able to stay for 3 consecutive terms! Apinya and Rebecca have been working on a collaborative project, and are both looking forward to Spring Residency in Navasota.
I (Rebecca) asked Hannah and Apinya a few questions about the residency before Hannah left. Here are the answers they shared!
What were you most proud of from this residency?
Hannah: Accomplishing my goals for the 30-day painting series that I had planned for this residency. It was a lot of work, but worth the effort!
Apinya: The George Bush event, 4141 Train Series & artwork to honor the former president. I also accomplished my goal to make paper sculpture portraits. It’s a once in-a-lifetime experience to capture/ commemorate the experience in the city of Navasota.
2. Where are you headed next?
Hannah: Back to my home in Georgia, and then to graduate school!
Apinya: San Francisco~or else, extending the residency here in Navasota!
3. What surprised you the most about Navasota or the residency?
Hannah: In January, we took a trip to Marfa… and managed to make a road trip across Texas (in the snow).
Apinya: The community has surprised me the most because people here are so nice, they are like family, which is different than San Francisco! I felt touched by the love and support for the residency here~they made us feel like we were part of Navasota!
4. How do you think this residency helped you to grow as an artist?
Hannah: This residency gave me an opportunity to independently develop my own vision for a large-scale project, gave me time to complete this type of project.
Apinya: A lot! Working in the gallery was like an internship, learning how to do marketing, manage art shows, coordinating with fellow artists, promoting exhibitions, shows & sales.
5. What was one of your favorite things about Texas?
Hannah: I really enjoyed exploring the East Austin Studio Tours! There was a lot of great artwork there.
Apinya: I love so many things in Texas! This is a hard question. I love the Texas bluebonnet, Texas landscape, Texas wildflowers, Texas Indian paintbrush, which is reflected in my work. The Texas Mushroom Festival was a great opportunity and experience as well! I have loved Life in the countryside since this is my first time living in the countryside ever~it has been so peaceful and inspiring.
Our last art opening for the Fall Artists-in-Residence program occurred on Saturday, January 26th from 2-4pm. We had a wonderful turnout! Thank you to the Arts Council of Brazos Valley, who graciously assisted us in hosting and promoting this event, as well as to the many Arts Council visitors from College Station.
Also, thank you to the many local Navasota residents, including Pattie Pederson with The Gallery in Downtown Navasota, members of the Garden Club, and Two Rivers Heritage Foundation, who were also able to attend. We were grateful to have the historical ‘Best Museum’ at the Horlock History Center open as well for the occasion!
It was a bittersweet celebration for the artists, since this has been such a rich experience personally and professionally for each of them in different ways. Rebecca Dias was honored to have her family visiting–Robin Dias and Bill Gillen from Phoenix, Arizona, as well as her sister Elizabeth Dias from Washington, D.C.
Lastly, we would like to thank Johnny and Lisé McNally for playing incredible music for the event, and Matt with the Navasota Examiner for stopping by!
Artists-in-Residence Apinya Srikhwanthong, Hannah Duggan, and Rebecca Dias, along with the Arts Council of Brazos Valley and City of Navasota, invite you to attend the final exhibition and farewell for the Fall Artist Residency 2018/19. The Best Museum will be open for the event. We look forward to your attendance!
On Saturday, January 12th, Apinya, Hannah and Rebecca were able to participate in the annual Arts Council Fundraiser event, Boots & BBQ. We were honored to be there! Thank you to the Arts Council for your incredible efforts to make the event so wonderful for all of the guests and artists included.
Among our featured artworks were 4141 Train prints by both Apinya and Rebecca. Prints are still available; please stop by the Horlock Gallery to place your order, or email firstname.lastname@example.org directly with your request.
Happy 2019 from the Navasota Artists-in-Residence!
Over the holiday, Apinya, Hannah, and Rebecca met up for New Years at Rebecca’s home in Scottsdale, Arizona, where we had an opportunity to explore Old Town Scottsdale, and see the inspiring Sonoran Desert landscape at the Desert Botanical Gardens.
On January 2nd, we left Scottsdale at 4am to start driving to our next destination: Marfa. Our route led us from the Sonoran desert to the Chihuahuan Desert, and included an unexpected snowstorm in Southern Arizona some extra adventure!
We arrived to Marfa and Fort Davis in time view the famous Texas night sky at the McDonald Observatory, where we got to see galaxies and the Orion nebula through telescopes. The following day, we attended a Chinati Tour, where we saw works by famous artists Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin, and John Chamberlain.
We were truly inspired by this unique opportunity to pilgrimage to this famous Texas arts destination, and to be able to share this experience as fellow artists. Apinya and Rebecca were particularly inspired by in Irwin’s work, while Hannah especially enjoyed seeing Chamberlain’s sculpture collection.
Here are a few photos from our adventure–hope that you had a creative and inspiring holiday as well!
Also, stop by and see us–start your New Year with art! Our regular hours have resumed, Wednesday-Sunday 9am-6pm!
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)!
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, & 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!
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 email@example.com). Occasionally, we may close or relocate for special events–check our Facebook for updates.
Also, 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