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 6, 2020
6:30 pm Networking | 7 pm Meeting
SEPTEMBER 6, 2020
6:30 pm Networking | 7 pm Meeting
Rachel has an exhibit - "The Color of Animals" - July 22-Aug 23rd at the Georgetown Public Library. Her artwork will hang in the Bridge & Hall Galleries and it will start off with a reception from 4-6pm on July 22nd. She is the eighth and youngest child of famed western artist Oleg Stavrowsky and her beloved mother, Carol Stavrowsky. Growing up, she was surrounded by world-class art created by her father and siblings. In this way, she was lucky to be trained in the principals of good painting design and technique through exposure. Rachel won her first art contest in 3rd grade but put art aside and didn’t pick it up again until her early 30s. She owned a very successful decorative painting company for 14 years, making her living painting enormous decorative ceiling and wall murals in the Italian fresco style. She honed her craft and studied in Italy with some of the best-known decorative painters in the world: Sean Crosby, Nicola Vigini, and Pascal Amblard. Her inherent understanding of color and composition made her a natural to execute the ornamental murals she created with a combination of plasters, metal leaf, paint, glazes and other materials. After hanging up her brushes for a couple of years to focus on some other areas of her life, Rachel found her way back to her studio and recently began discovering her passion for fine art incorporating two of her favorite things: animals & patterns. Having little experience painting figures she dove into understanding anatomy and movement. Working with water-based mediums she strives to paint animals that feel lifelike and touchable. Rather than painting animals in their typical environments, Rachel utilizes color and pattern to frame the animals in the way they make her feel when she looks at them. She has found that the combination of the design and color of her backgrounds juxtaposed with her representational animals has a way of attracting people who typically might not engage much with artwork. This is very exciting to her! She believes that art should be accessible for everyone, and should be a part of every home, no matter the socio-economic status of the residents. She grew up in Austin, Texas and earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington. No stranger to competition, she spent her childhood devoted to competitive figure skating, she holds a national 8-ball title, and she won a no-limit poker tournament qualifying her to play on the World Series of Poker (where she was summarily kicked to the curb... you can’t win ‘em all!). She also formerly competed on the Women’s Professional Billiard Association Tour. She is an avid cruciverbalist and lives with her husband Travis and three (!) cats in Austin, Texas. Rachel is known for her pet portraits & wildlife artwork, and she donates 10% of all of her art sale profits to animal charities.
Austin Public Libraries
Carver Branch Library
1161 Angelina St.
Twin Oaks Library
1800 S 5th Street
2500 Exposition Blvd.
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We are looking forward to another great year, filled with opportunities to exhibit our art, to learn from our fellow artists and to support each other on our creative journeys. I am honored to serve as your new President for 2020 and will do my best to ensure the continued success of CAS.
We are fortunate to have a wonderful group of volunteers who serve on the board, coordinate our exhibits and help to hang art. I am grateful for their efforts and support. Please help our coordinators by carefully reading the call for art, checking your calendar before submitting to make sure you can drop-off and pick-up your art on time and complying with the hanging guidelines. Please let us know if you are interested in helping out. New volunteers and new ideas will help CAS thrive and improve.
Please come to our next General meeting on February 5th at 7 pm. Networking begins at 6:30 pm. If you would like to meet others to trade help with drop-offs and pick-ups, this would be an ideal opportunity. Our presentation will be on “Exhibiting Your Art”. We will explain the different types of CAS exhibits, our Calls for Art, hanging guidelines, pricing, framing, creating an online presence and will hold a Q&A session with a panel of experienced professional artists. We hope that sharing lessons learned will improve everyone’s exhibit experience. The meeting location will be announced shortly.
I value your participation in our CAS community and look forward to the year ahead!
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.