Welcome To CAS!
The Creative Arts Society, established in 1999, is an Austin based, non-profit 501(c)(3) thriving arts organization actively promoting the development of the “Artist in Everyone” for the expanding growth and diversity of our community. Our vision is to be a vital presence in the community inspiring: Cultural enrichment, Community participation, and respect for diversity. Our goal is to increase awareness and appreciation for and through the Arts.
December 4, 2019
6:30 pm Networking | 7 pm Meeting
Austin Community College District
Highland Campus - Veterans Resource Center
6101 Highland Campus Drive, Building 4000
Austin, TX 78752
OCTOBER FEATURED ARTIST
Producing gourd art has become my undying passion. I began this long creation journey with a BS in Textiles and Clothing Design from the University of Texas. Then 30+ years ago I began loom weaving, then weaving baskets and teaching basket weaving. I have always loved to create with my hands. I was exposed to gourds in the basket world and began to build an interest in their creative potential. I have been producing gourd art for about 12 years and full-time for the last 6 years after retirement from the state of Texas. These days, I am most always lost inside of my imagination thinking about my next gourd art creation. I produce gourd art because I can’t not do it (I realize that was a double negative, but the emphasis is important). To me, that is the definition of passion—gourd art owns me in the best possible way. I have been fortunate to win many awards as a result. The tactile qualities and visual beauty of the variety of materials I use inspire me every day (i.e. shapley gourds, lusciously-long pine needles, cactus fiber, gem stones, walnuts, sea grass, ethereal alcohol inks, and on and on). As much as possible, I try to enhance the inherent shape of the natural gourd rather than cutting them all to create some version of a bowl (and yes, I do create many bowls, but usually from an already bowl-shaped gourd.) Many shows or galleries ask for an artist’s statement, this best describes the joy of my art: “Texture, shape, color and design, whether contemporary or traditional, inspire my creativity. Gourds with their vast variety of shapes, large and small, have become the canvas for my impassioned mixed-media expression of natural beauty working harmoniously with contemporary elements.” My next show will be at the Link and Pin Gallery as a participant in the East Austin Studio Tour in November.
Contact Information: www.artmyway.bizwww.artmyway.biz
Austin Public Libraries
Carver Branch Library
1161 Angelina St.
Twin Oaks Library
1800 S 5th Street
2500 Exposition Blvd.
See more of our venues.
The year is only two-thirds over, and it has already been a good one for CAS and CAS members. We have seen some tremendous growth so far this year with, as of last count, our membership growing to 142 members and the number of exhibit opportunities growing as well. We now have fifteen venues were CAS members can regularly exhibit their art and seven Special Events; including high profile venues like Link& Pin, The Hive, Bass Concert Hall and Texas State University - Round Rock. Our growth doesn’t seem the be ending any time soon, as we are already planning for 2020 and are looking at galleries in Taylor and other locations in the area, but to keep growing, we need your help. Our volunteers are critical in coordinating the venues and helping hang the shows. Both activities are great learning experiences and your help will allow CAS to continue to add exhibit opportunities for our members.
Things won’t be slowing down this fall either. Later in September, we are having a plein-aire activity for members to get together, hopefully on a cool morning, to paint or draw or just create together. Watch your email for more details. The following month, on October 27, CAS will be hosting its 20th Anniversary Celebration. This will be a fun event that I hope you all can attend. In November, elections will be held for the 2020 CAS Board of Directors. Serving on the board is another opportunity to volunteer and help CAS. A call for nominations for vacant positions will be coming out in October.
Finally, don’t miss our upcoming Member Meeting on September 4th at ACC Highland, where we are having a ‘pot-luck’ dinner. You’ll find details in the newsletter.
Now go create!
The Creative Arts Society is an Austin based, non-profit 501(c)(3) thriving arts organization actively promoting the development of the “Artist in Everyone” for the expanding growth and diversity of our community. Our vision is to be a vital presence in the community inspiring: Cultural enrichment, Community participation, and respect for diversity. Our goal is to increase awareness and appreciation for and through the Arts.