Featured Artist – Amy Taylor
Originally from Austin, Amy graduated from Regents School of Austin and went on to earn her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Amy is the Executive Director for Harmony School of Creative Arts, a nonprofit organization that focuses on bringing art education, resources, and performances to the Texas Hill Country. Under her tenure, Harmony has expanded its offerings to include creative writing and visual arts for students of all ages and has begun a partnership with Texas Humanities to bring national art exhibits to Harmony throughout the year.
Harmony features a respected dance program with classes for toddlers (Creative Ballet) to adults (Adult Ballet) and everything in between. For the last 20 years, Harmony has produced a live Christmas ballet called The Gifts of Christmas that brings audiences from near and far to central Texas. Additionally, Harmony offers private music instruction to all including piano, violin, cello, guitar, voice, and more. Scholarships are available to ensure that everyone has access to the arts.
In addition to directing the efforts at Harmony, Amy is very active in the art community and serves on the board of Highland Lakes Creative Arts and as a member of the Women’s Symphony League of Austin.
Visit Harmony’s website to find out more about the organization, sign up for classes, or attend an upcoming event or exhibit.
Featured Artist – Jeff Schneider
Where Passion Meets Glass and Metal
When Jeff Schneider brought his Gallery 71 W to town, he became the first glass blowing gallery in Spicewood. Jeff, who trained under Dale Chihuly, (Chihuly’s work is in museums) spent years in construction management before deciding to pursue his passion for glass blowing. He shares his passion by offering sculptural glass art pieces and organic wall art, contemporary lighting fixtures, Hej Howdy oyster table lamps, and custom drinking glasses. He combines metal and glass to create unique lighting fixtures.
Steel fabrication is the essential second half of J Schneider Studio. Jeff and his team create luxury custom furnishings using a variety of different hardwoods and metals; floating stairs; modern statement staircases and handrails; fire pits; and decorative elements like wine racks.
Jeff’s work has been featured on Queer Eye, an Emmy award winner for production design.
Learn more about Jeff at jschneiderstudio.com
22111 Texas 71, Suite 803
Spicewood, TX 78669
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Featured Artist – Willie and the Woodshed
This month we are very happy to feature not one, but two area artists working together to help our community. One artist, you’ve probably heard of, teaming up with a local arts organization that fosters young talent. Read on…
Spicewood resident Willie Nelson is supporting the Pedernales Fire Department Auxiliary’s annual fundraiser by signing a guitar donated by The Musicians Woodshed for a PFDA fundraising raffle.
Nelson, who owns a home down the street from the Pedernales Fire Department station #1 on Bee Creek Road, offered his autograph on the Austin-brand guitar.
He signed it “2021, Love, Willie”
Purchase tickets ($20 each) at https://tinyurl.com/WillieGuitarRaffle. Enter your phone number in the PayPal “notes” section if you’d like to be notified by phone if you’ve won.
“Our neighbor Willie Nelson has been a consistent contributor to the Pedernales Fire Department Auxiliary since we were just a volunteer fire department,” said Alecia Ormsby, PFDA president. “We are so grateful for his love and support.”
Funds will support the purchase of AquaEye Underwater Rescue Dive devices and Dual Power Radios. The Auxiliary also welcomes contributions.
The winning ticket will be drawn at the PFDA Firehouse Feast on September 25, or when 200 tickets have been purchased.
Usually annual events, 2020 fundraisers were canceled due to COVID. Generous donors still came through to enable the purchase of over $30,000 in battery-operated power tools to speed up rescues.
Local musicians at Musicians Woodshed teach children and adults a wide range of instruments, songwriting, and voice lessons with many opportunities to perform and record. Student musicians have performed frequently at the Spicewood Arts fall Arts Festival. For more information, visit https://www.themusicianswoodshed.com.
Learn more about the Pedernales Fire Department Auxiliary at www.pfdauxiliary.org.
Featured Artist – Donna Ingham
As a storyteller, Donna has appeared at festivals and conferences throughout the United States and even swapped a yarn or two in Ireland. A former college professor with a Ph.D. in English, she also offers workshops, master classes, and training and in-service sessions as well as age-appropriate programs for elementary and secondary schools. As a published author, she brings an added dimension to her school visits, and she both entertains and enlightens audiences at book festivals and conferences. Her reputation as a humorist makes her a popular luncheon and after-dinner speaker and presenter of special programs and keynotes as well. She has been named the Biggest Liar in Austin, Texas, seven times and the Biggest Liar in Texas three times and is a recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award for “outstanding contributions to the art of storytelling” and a National Storytelling Oracle Regional Excellence Award for “exceptional commitment and exemplary contributions to the art of storytelling.” Donna is listed on the Texas Touring Roster of the Texas Commission on the Arts and on the Mid-America Arts Alliance Regional Touring Program. Visit Donna’s website to find out more about her, view her calendar, and MORE.
As a storyteller, Donna has appeared at festivals and conferences throughout the United States and even swapped a yarn or two in Ireland. A former college professor with a Ph.D. in English, she also offers workshops, master classes, and training and in-service sessions as well as age-appropriate programs for elementary and secondary schools.
As a published author, she brings an added dimension to her school visits, and she both entertains and enlightens audiences at book festivals and conferences. Her reputation as a humorist makes her a popular luncheon and after-dinner speaker and presenter of special programs and keynotes as well.
She has been named the Biggest Liar in Austin, Texas, seven times and the Biggest Liar in Texas three times and is a recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award for “outstanding contributions to the art of storytelling” and a National Storytelling Oracle Regional Excellence Award for “exceptional commitment and exemplary contributions to the art of storytelling.”
Donna is listed on the Texas Touring Roster of the Texas Commission on the Arts and on the Mid-America Arts Alliance Regional Touring Program.
Visit Donna’s website to find out more about her, view her calendar, and MORE.
Featured Artist – Gabrielle Matlock
While playing professional golf I started paying more attention to the creatures on the golf course than the shot at hand. I knew my life was headed in a new direction. My passion for animals and wildlife is the cornerstone of my artistic endeavors. My empathy for the way most animals are perceived and treated draws me to them.
When I look into the eyes of my subjects, I often see the mirror of misunderstanding and lack of appreciation. I want to give voice to these beautiful creatures that don’t have one and to finally raise mine in hopes of spreading compassion and understanding.
In the portrayals of my subjects, the eyes are the focal point of my art. Through them, I strive to bring out the essence and soul of my subjects. In painting the eyes first, the animal comes to life and I’m moved to complete the rest of the painting.
Photographing my subjects has taken me all over the world, the most spiritual for me was Africa. I have observed many animals in the wild. I’m continually amazed by their intelligence, sensitivity, playfulness, and extreme dedication to their young. It’s sad to me that few people will have the opportunity to see these animals in real life. I hope my art will portray and convey their magnificence.
I invite you to tell me your story of the wild and to join my soulful and passionate journey.
Until our footprints cross……
“I hope that my work will bring joy to others but on a deeper level I strive to inform and educate people about the magnificence of these creatures.”
Featured Artist – Nick White
This month’s featured art is a new book by Spicewood Arts member, Nick White.
By: Nick White and Slater Welte
Members of a diverse UN anti-terrorist team are pushed to the brink as they attempt to make sense of a shocking massacre and a strangely diverse array of violent incidents across Southeast Asia. When beautiful Nikki Choudary is thrust into the lead, she struggles to control rising passions within the region and herself. The shattered team’s success may be mankind’s only hope as a sensual vortex of desperation and greed disastrously derail a mind-expanding breakthrough in bio-electronics.
About the Author
Living abroad as an engineer, manager, and inventor has given Nick White an opportunity to experience a wide range of cultures and people. His research has teamed him with top professors, engineers, and scientists from many countries, while his inventions cover many aspects of the energy industry and the increasingly urgent energy transition. Although having “retired,” Nick is currently active in leading two technology start-up ventures.
Slater Welte is a widely published American writer.
Check out the book here: Amazon.com
Featured Artist – Janice Anderson
Janice studied Art at Richland College in Dallas and The University of Texas at Austin, Texas. She found a world of endless possibilities for creativity through collage art. Originally her collage pieces consisted of stitched canvas but she soon migrated to papers and objects in a natural transition for her love of textures and shapes. Janice’s art has been shown in many exhibitions including national juried exhibits and invitational shows. She has also been an invited guest lecturer at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden in Austin.
For many years, Janice shared a studio home with her late husband, Bob Jones; “Bob Creek Studio and Gallery” on Bee Creek Road. Today, Janice creates complex assemblages and intricate collages from her studio in Briarcliff. In her work, one can see the immense appreciation she has for each object, for every selected scrap of paper, for her relentless pursuit of creative perfection and meticulous craftsmanship.
You can view more of her work at http://www.austinartists71west.com/collage.html
Featured Artist – Jared Dunton
In 2000 Dunten was paralyzed in a diving accident in the Rio Grande. Unable to move from the neck down, Dunten began using his mouth to paint in 2002. In 2005 he was awarded a student scholarship by the MFPA, based in Lichtenstein.
Dunten has studied with painter Philip Wade and world-renowned master painter Edward Povey. Dunten’s style, subject, and technique continue to evolve. His works have been on exhibition at the Bass Concert Hall, The One Allen Center, and featured in online and print publications nationally. Patrons across the US collect his work.
With a relentless spirit, Dunten continues to, “paint himself out of the wheelchair” advocating research for paralysis from spinal cord injury, and knows he will walk again. Making prints available to everyone, Dunten wants his story to be told and the belief in a cure to spread.
Dunten currently lives and works at his studio just outside of Austin, Texas with his wife, 2 sons, and a small group who is committed to seeing his mission through.
Featured Artist – Joyce Stephen
After many years in the corporate world of high tech as a software engineer and later in real estate, Joyce is now able to spend time every day on her art. The joy of each day is celebrated and captured in her work. Inspiration comes from the dance of light on everyday objects, the rhythm of a favorite song, and the love of friends and family.
Joyce very seldom has a theme in mind and uses experimentation and a playful ‘go with the flow’ attitude in her work. Each stroke influences the next and the next until the artwork informs a direction and a pleasant balance is reached.
Often bits of found objects, book pages, house plans, and sewing patterns find their way into her many mixed media layers, paying tribute to the everyday tapestry of our lives. My goal is to provide visual interaction and simple enjoyment.
Joyce lives in Spicewood with her husband and dog Tank. You can view more of her work at JoyceStephenArt.com
Featured Artist – Allain Hankey
My lifelong passion for glass art turned from collecting work from artists around the world to where I am now able to make my own kiln-formed glass. I have found it to be a tremendous outlet for my creative energy. The combination of design, glass texture, and color coupled with the surprising results and changes during the firing process stimulate and inspire my imagination.
In my work, I combine transparent, opalescent, and iridescent glasses in my designs. Then I use the heat of the kiln to form the glass, varying temperatures and firing times to produce different effects. My work is produced using cut, crushed and powdered glass. Depending upon the task, the pieces can be fired one time and up to six times. I make both foods-safe functional pieces as well as art glass.
For food-safe functional glass, I use molds to slump and shape the glass. For art pieces, I often strive to produce layers for depth, while retaining transparent imagery or using glass types that will create a reaction by combining it with other types of glass.
I also work with patrons to create a piece just for them or for a gift which is a real pleasure. All my pieces are unique and I cannot and do not make exact replicas. I would love the opportunity to show you my work in person and/or create a unique piece for you. You can view my work on my website at allainsglassfusion.com as well as find my contact information.