Our studio, El Chavez, explores collaboration. As a means of transferring ideas from one skill set to another, we present our Polaroid show: a personal showcase of collective images that combines our professional skill sets in both photography and design. Polaroid, a disappearing analog medium, forces deliberate editing to a single and special image. The show is a collaborative exercise in narrative, chemistry and idiosyncrasies.
The style of glassblowing that I specialize in is lampworking. I use a large and very hot torch, powered by oxygen and propane, to melt and shape borosilicate glass. I create colorful and fun, yet, functional contemporary glass pieces including: perfume bottles, vases, pendants, ring holders, and other decorative ornaments. I have over ten years of experience in lampworking and my sculptural work was recently published in Glassline Magazine.
My eyes are always open for art possibilities in the discarded: broken household appliances, rusty metal, forgotten toys. These unwanted objects come to life in my art with their own unique personalities, from eccentric animals to dilapidated machines. Breakdown and entropy are themes in my more abstract works: machines run down, order becomes undone. Decay creeps in. It’s not a negative thing, but rather part of a natural cycle.
Landry McMeans is a sixth generation Texan with a BA in Communication Design from Texas State University. Born in Austin, Texas, she has lived across the Lone Star State, in Kerrville, Sonora, Dallas, San Marcos, and Austin. A songwriter and steel guitar player, she is a full time musician who tours the country with her band the Lonesome Heroes.
When she is not on the road Landry works with cardboard and acrylic paint to create abstract reliefs and landscapes of the American West. In addition, McMeans works as a freelance designer, specializing in the use of illustration, analog textures, and fabrics to create digital pieces that step beyond the computer screen.
Jennifer Chenoweth’s artistic inquiry into the creative process and use of materials parallels the philosophic inquiry of becoming and being. She incorporates all approaches of art making in mixed media, from careful rendering in oil paint, to casting concrete in modular forms, to outsourced fabrication with industrial finishes.
Artists Kyle Coffman and Emily Lancaster are the artists behind Bixby and Bray. Together, the two create an assortment of beautiful home furnishings that include tables, beds, stools, mobiles and metal sculptures. Their elegant designs strive to bring out the softer, lighter side of rolled steel that is not characteristic of the industrial material.
Judith Simonds has been working with clay and painting for over 25 years. Her work is in private collections, and has been included in numerous invitational and juried shows throughout the United States. She has also received various honors, awards and grants throughout her career. Judith continues to live and work in Austin, Texas. She has been Adjunct Associate Professor at Austin Community College for 12 years, and has also taught at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and Lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin.
Andrea Pramuk received her BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Today, she is painting and showing her work while also pursuing a career in graphic design and marketing at a local wood painting panel manufacturer. With daily exposure to new materials, she has become quite versed in the diverse applications of art materials for use in mixed media processes. Andrea finds inspiration in traveling, the outdoors, people, animals, and in all forms of music.
Mark Macek founded Macek Furniture Company in 1995 as a happy merger between his training in architecture and his devotion to fine craftsmanship. Since then, Mark has been pleased to count private collectors, innovative retailers, and top-flight architects among his clients.
Cartoonist, illustrator, and painter Aaron Bir creates custom art and illustrations to express ideas and tell stories. He creates his stylized art by picking out the single chunk of text that best exemplifies the theme or content and creating a work of art to expertly illustrate such scene.
Indio Arts is a woodshop owned by Justin Telepak who creates and designs functional art, custom woodwork, and fine musical instruments. Telepak takes inspiration from his early years spent in the subtropical forests of Belize where he acted as an excavator, surveyor, and camp manager. In 2000, Telepak studied guitar-building at the Roberto-Venn School of Lutherine in Phoenix, AZ and worked in various capacities honing his woodworking techniques before opening Indio Arts in 2007.
Artist, Designer and Sculptor Faith Schexnayder loves what she does. A third generation painter from a long line of artists, this native Austinite dreamed of becoming an artist since childhood, and she has succeeded in making that dream a reality. Faith’s whimsical and engaging works can be seen all over town. The magical griffins outside Halbert Antiques on Burnet Road, the giant Mother Hen that stands watch over her chicks in Faith’s own front yard, and in her tour de force, a float to carry Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong in his victory parade.
Morgan Graff is the owner of Glass Blowing Austin, which offers both art pieces and classes in glass blowing. She received her BFA in glass art from RIT’s School for American Crafts in 2002 and has been fortunate enough to work with major artists in the glass world. In 2007, she was included in the book 25 Years of New Glass Review. Morgan’s goal with glass is to give others the same joy from it as she gets.
Flo Ulrich creates original and contemporary art glass. Her artistic goal is to capture the experience of a moment: tumbling stones in a stream, surf crashing on the shore, light caressing the land. She gathers experiences and imagery during her travels and brings them into the studio for exploration and play.
Aldo Valdés Böhm is a woodworker, artist and owner of Avalbo Industries. He has been working in wood since the mid-1990s. Continuing a tradition that has been part of human history for thousands of years, he works each piece of wood into objects that are well-crafted, functional and aesthetic.
Taking inspiration from objects in American culture, Clarke Curtis creates unique art pieces from collages of his other printed work. Before landing in Austin, Curtis lived in Oregon, Ohio and South Carolina. Through his experiences in these places across America, Curtis developed a desire to use his art to establish his position in the world, while creating a dialogue with culture at large.
The East Austin Studio Tour is a self-guided tour and celebration of east Austin’s creative culture. Featuring more than 300 artists, each year the tour is a behind-the-scenes look at working artists’ spaces and processes where people can learn more about an artist’s specific tools and techniques, watch demonstrations and talk directly to artists.