On Friday, March 1st, Rebecca Dias attended the ‘My Fair Lady’ Bryan Contemporary Artist Show opening at the Bryan Theater Alliance, in correlation to the ongoing ‘My Fair Lady’ musical performance.
All works submitted in the show related to the theme of the play My Fair Lady. Please view Rebecca’s piece & description below:
The Dress-Up Game – a portrait of the artist as Eliza Doolittle, by Rebecca Dias: Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20 inches, $250
This painting reflects a portrait of the artist as Eliza Doolittle, as represented in the film MyFairLady (1964). The artist is interested in MyFairLady as a coming-of-age story, in which Eliza’s character embodies the conflict of her identity as she learns new expectations of gender, social, and class performance, in contrast to the freedom of her ‘pre-domesticated’ self. The portrait is silent, as Eliza’s own voice is lost, found, replaced, hidden, and rediscovered throughout the story of ‘My Fair Lady.’
On February 28th, Apinya and Rebecca attended the Grimes County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. Apinya and Rebecca each donated one piece of artwork to the live auction as part of the Chamber of Commerce Fundraiser.
Thank you to Johnny, Caitlyn, the Chamber of Commerce Board, and everyone who contributed to the evening to make the event such a beautiful success. It was a fantastic fiesta!
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.
Spring 2019 Artist Residency started in March–and has been our busiest month yet! For the next week, we’ll be posting daily to catch you up on what we’ve been up to.
Looking ahead to April (in case you haven’t heard!) we’ll be at Round Top–more specifically, Zapp Hall in Warrenton for the Spring Antique Show, March 29th-April 6th. We’ll have reduced gallery hours from now to April 6th, but regular hours will resume on Wednesday, April 10th. We hope to see you soon!
Visit NAIRS Rebecca & Apinya at ZAPP Hall in Warrenton, Spring Antiques Show 3/29-4/6. Look for Art3 & B. King @Zapp Hall, near the Zapp Hall courtyard. See our latest artwork, have lunch at historic Royers Cafe, and stay for a fantastic concert series lineup at Zapp Hall–& don’t forget Junk GYpSy JUNK-o-RAMA Prom night Thursday, April 4th!
ZAPP HALL Address: 4217 South Highway 237, Warrenton, Texas 78954
Please note that the NAIR Horlock Gallery at 1215 E Washington Ave in Navasota will have reduced hours during Texas Antiques week March 27th-April 7th, in order to allow the artists to represent the Gallery remotely at this special event.
HORLOCK GALLERY SPECIAL HOURS (& by appointment)
Special Schedule: March 27th-April 7th
Wednesday 3/27: Closed (Round Top Setup)
Thursday 3/28: Closed (Round Top Setup)
Friday 3/29: OPEN – Halfday
Saturday 3/30: OPEN – Halfday
Sunday 3/31: OPEN – Halfday
Wednesday 4/3: Closed
Thursday 4/4: Closed
Friday 4/5: OPEN – Halfday
Saturday 4/6: Closed (Last Day of Round Top Festival)
Sunday 4/7: OPEN – Halfday
The Horlock Gallery is also always available by appointment. Please call (480) 205-0792 to schedule a gallery appointment.
NAIR artwork may also be viewed at City Hall, open to the public during Business Hours M-F.
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!