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!