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.
September 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
MAY FEATURED ARTIST
Art is and has always been my key to the secret garden, my way down the rabbit hole, my looking glass. I began drawing and painting to illustrate stories that I wrote as a young child. My parents were very encouraging and “published” my stories to share with family members.
As a teenager, I attended a school for visual and performing arts in Chicago where I was fortunate enough to have very instrumental teachers who prioritized my creative growth. I escaped much of the turbulence of being an angst-ridden teenager through my art. I spent many hours at the Art Institute in Chicago gazing at the masterpieces on the walls, rather than attending my academic classes! I like to think that I absorbed some of the lessons in this craft by spending so much time in that awe-inspiring museum surrounded by the masters for countless hours. During high school, the only classes I really paid any attention to were art, dance, and theater. I simply wasn’t interested in anything else. After high school, I went to NYC and attended the Joffrey School of Ballet as an understudy.
I became a parent for the first time at an early age, and my visual and performing arts passions took a back seat to working, raising two spectacular daughters, and putting myself through school in order to achieve a doctorate in the allied health profession of audiology. I painted sparingly as a young mother, during kids’ naps and on rare weekends when there was downtime.
For the past 15 years, I have been able to recapture my passion for the arts and rekindle my interest in painting and illustration. I have attended classes at Laguna Gloria Art School, the University of Texas Informal Arts program and Austin Community College Arts Program. I’m never far from a sketchbook or scrap paper, so I am constantly drawing or thinking about drawing. Sometimes these drawings are left in the sketchbook, the bottom of my purse or backpack, or remain in my imagination. At other times they develop into more in-depth ideas and detailed images that result in paintings. I primarily use gouache, pen, pastel, and acrylics on a variety of surfaces. I love the bright colors and rich textures that occur when mediums are combined.
I hope my art conveys a sense of hopefulness and joy. I experience so much pleasure from painting that it is my desire to pass a bit of this along to the viewer. If a piece of my artwork can bring a smile to someone as they pass by, then I have been successful!
My artwork is available for viewing and purchase on my website; www.arteparalavida.info. I can also be found selling artwork at art pop-up markets all over the Austin area. I have art hanging in 8 local businesses in Austin at this time, and each month or two will rotate exhibits to other venues. My artwork is currently hanging at Urban Hair Salon, Magnolia Cafe West, University of Texas Speech and Hearing Center, Magnolia ATX Salon, Bass Concert Hall, Cypress Grill Restaurant, Santa Cruz Theater, and Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden, I participate in area art festivals and shows like the Sunset Valley ArtFest, EAST, WEST, Austin Flea, Round Rock Chalk Walk, and the City of Austin Arts Council’s Downtown Holiday Stroll
I paint commissioned portraits, children’s wall art, and murals, and I recently finished illustrating my first children’s book that will publish in Spring 2019!
Address: Arte Para la Vida
Austin Public Libraries
Carver Branch Library
1161 Angelina St.
Twin Oaks Library
1800 S 5th Street
2500 Exposition Blvd.
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With our warmer days and thunderstorms, Spring is finally here. If you have been doing your spring cleaning and are wondering what you are going to do with all your art work, have we got some options for you! The CAS Board met last week and I was astounded at all the opportunities coming up for our member to show their art work. We have confirmation for a large show at Texas State University’s Round Rock Campus that will run from July to September. We also will have a show at the Hive in Bee Caves this fall. To add to our rotating venues, we now have Path Salon and are in discussions with Central Bank. Shows for next year are also falling in place as we are setting the dates for two galleries in Taylor. So, get your work dusted off and watch your email for Calls for Art. Check out the calendar on the web site for exact dates of upcoming shows and events. It's on the Home Page, just scroll down a bit.
All these events don’t happen by themselves and we are in a growing need of venue coordinators. If you want some experience before taking this on, we also need volunteers to help hang and take down the shows. Volunteering is a good opportunity to learn the proper way to exhibit art and is a great help for the venue coordinators and to CAS. Contact Marilyn Rodriguez, Jane Fier, Helen Buck or a specific Venue Coordinator listed in a call, if you want to help.
Don’t forget the member meeting this Wednesday, May 1 at ACC’s Highland Campus. Several of us will be showing up a few hours early to see if we can recruit some art students into our group.
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.