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12.11.18 |Falling into the Holidays

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It’s been a beautiful fall in Galveston!

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Despite some torrential downpours! Our new artists in residence had a rainy start to their year – here is current resident Derick Whitson looking fashionable, slogging his way to the studios.

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Thank you to Leslie Moody Castro for being our first curator in residence. Here she is doing research for her exhibition with Cristobal Gracia.

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Thank you to Cristobal Gracia for traveling from Mexico City this August and making a fantastic show in our gallery space.

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Thank you to Dash Beardsley for being a willing performer and keeping the ghosts away! 

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The one thing we’ve always wanted to do here at GAR is catch a wild swarm of bees. Credit goes to Dan Schmahl for spotting this swarm in our live oak tree in the back courtyard.

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Leaping into action, Sallie and Eric prepare to capture the swarm!

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Success! At the risk of making this look much easier than it actually was — the queen and her swarm were captured and put in this plastic bin.

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Then we were able to transfer them to our warre hive, where they are now busy gathering pollen and stocking up for the winter.

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The annual biker rally can be loud and annoying, but if you throw yourself into the heart of it there’s always a moment where it becomes radiantly beautiful.

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Thank you to Moon Racer (Durham, NC) and Advance Base (Chicago, IL) for coming to Galveston and playing such a great show! It was a really special night.  

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And now it’s time for our regular segment: CREATURE FEATURE!! Starting off with Snakes On the Beach!

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Here is an evil caterpillar, with its poops. This is an Asp Caterpillar, which will sting the ever loving shit out of you. For real. 

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Baby Toad!

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Sunbathing Christmas beetle! And that concludes this episode of… CREATURE FEATURE!

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Thank you to Robert Ruello for assisting in the pre-opening-ritualized-smoke-bomb-courtyard-drawing. 

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And for making these incredible paintings for the gallery! If you’re in the area, be sure to stop in and see Robert’s show, “The Moving Evening,” which will be on view until February 2019.

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Thank you to Eric Taylor and Susan Lindfors Taylor for coming and putting on an epic show for us. It’s always an honor for us when they come to GAR.

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And before the night was over, Eric even traded hats with this dude!

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The return of the GARchangel!

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Topped with the sweetest little angel we could find — straight from Vegas! 

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And no blog post would be complete without some photos of the GAR kitties! Here are The Ghost and The Darkness, in a photo that we feel perfectly captures their personality and relationship. And we couldn’t pick one photo of Pumaman — he’s so dang cute — so here are ALL the Pumaman photos!

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I mean… Come ON!

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And finally, thank you to Jessica Ninci for these spot on figurines of our three handsome kitty dudes. You nailed them!

We hope you all have a Happy Holiday, and we’ll see you in 2019!

 

 

 

 

 

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7.24.18 |Summer Blast

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We’re in the heart of summer right now, but wanted to look back on the last few months.  Back in May we were honored to host a screening of David Fenster’s film “Opuntia” about Cabeza de Vaca, prickly pear cactus, and personal journeys.

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To mark the occasion we served Prickly Pear cocktails – containing mezcal, prickly pear juice, ginger liquor, and lime! Smoky and sweet and potently delicious. Yum.

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Congratulations to current GAR residents, Justin and Kristina, for making an amazing exhibition! The opening was a lot of fun, and many thanks to El Lago and Blushing for providing some awesome music in the back courtyard.

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The night ended in flames.

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Heading out to West Texas, for our annual Marfa trip. Turn left at nipple mountain.

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Sallie and Lucy exploring the rocks at the Chihuahuan Desert nature center. The  best part about West Texas is the hiking, and the creatures. Which brings us to another installment of: CREATURE FEATURE!

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Here is a Spade Footed Toad balancing a dog hair on its nose! Spotted in Marfa, TX.

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For some nightmare fodder, here is a Giant Centipede, and yes, it is longer than your finger (I don’t care how long your fingers are).

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Fluttering Friends! From top to bottom: A Sphinx Moth feeding on flowers in Marfa, An Arizona Sister butterfly in the mountains near Fort Davis, TX, and finally a Black Witch moth that was waiting for us upon our return to Galveston.

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In response to the minimalist art in Marfa, we noticed that the bunnies have taken it upon themselves to be the upholders of representational art, like this self-portrait we found etched into the side of a building at the Chinati Foundation.

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And introducing our newest GAR furry friend – the wonderful, ever charming, Mister Smithers!

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At the second artwalk for the residents show we had to pull out the giant bubbles – its a GAR summer tradition. And this bubble master just had a birthday! Happy birthday Marji! 

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And if you came to the second artwalk hopefully you got your hands on these limited edition GAR t-shirts featuring 2016-2017 resident, Pat Palermo’s drawing of Pumaman on his magical, bee-making guitar!

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And no blog post would be complete without some plant-life, like this exuberant Passion flower, strutting its stuff in the GAR front courtyard. Stay cool this summer, friends!

 

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Fantastic Spring!

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It’s been a beautiful spring. We had a lot of fun beachcombing with Mark Dion while he was in Galveston working on an upcoming project.

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Here are some of the beach treasures he found.

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While visiting the bird rookery at High Island there was this strange moment when an alligator ambushed a Roseate Spoonbill, pulling it under the water. The other spoonbills turned and stared intently at the spot of their comrades disappearance for what seemed like a very long time. 

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The GAR soundtrack for this spring was perfectly captured in an evening show featuring Advance Base, Friendship, and Karima Walker. Thank you Michael Stuart Allison for taking such good care of the sound and lights!

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A big Thank You to our current resident artists, Justin Roykovich and Kristina Estell, for taking time out of their studio work to share with students from HSPVA and Clear Springs High School!

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It was an honor to host the students from the Iconoclast Poetry program for one of their live poetry reading events. Torrina Harris is doing such great work!

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We always love having Da Camera put on one of their special performances in the GAR gallery. This visit the Da Camera Young Artists — featuring Jacob Schafer (violin), Giancarlo Latta (violin), Sergein Yap (viola), and Annamarie Reader (cello) — performed Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131 (1826) as part of the Beethoven For All Concerts.

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The poet and writer Jeremy Sigler has also been in town doing studio visits and while here created this lovely book along with mathematical assistance from David Feil.

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If you haven’t seen Adam Putnam’s show in the GAR Gallery make sure you stop by soon! The last day to catch it is May 12th.

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The migratory birds have been passing through all month! The second picture is a sweet but exhausted hummingbird resting in our Jasmine. The last picture is of several Tanagers picking off the GAR bees as they come and go from the hive. Fortunately the Tanagers have moved on, leaving our bees in peace.

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Catching Up

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Its been a really busy fall/winter, but we wanted to give a shout out to some of the people who have helped make this season special.  First up is Kelly Sears who curated “Unsteady Ground”. Featured is Christina Battle’s video installation “The people in this picture are standing on all that remained of a handsome residence”.

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Thank you to Loop38 for bringing together two works, “Infinite Nero” by Salvatore Sciarrino and “The Coronor’s Report” by Simon Holt in their program, Murder Mystery Madness. It was an incredible and inspired performance!

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Thank you to Eric Taylor and Susan Lindfors Taylor for an epic night of music and storytelling.

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Thank you to Gregory Amenoff for sharing these beautiful paintings with us, and for hanging out with us in Galveston.

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Oh! And by the way, its been cold as all get out this past winter! Thank you, global warming, for your freaky weather patterns!

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Thank you to Joshua Edwards for coming to read us poetry, and beating us all in chess!

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And as we look forward to spring, here is a little bee hive update for you all! We did our first spring inspection of the bee hive! We found they filled the feeder box up with honey, so we removed it, and continued checking on the rest of the hive.

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In the first box we found it packed full of free-form comb! We weren’t very strict with our bees and getting them to build nice, straight comb, but they seem super happy doing it their way.

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The next box was full of older comb, so the color had gotten really dark.

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Taste testing our first bit of GAR honey! It was SO GOOD!

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Hopefully next time you come visit we’ll be able to share some honey with you!

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Festival of the Beautiful 2018

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It’s the first Saturday of Mardi Gras, so it’s time for the second annual Festival of the Beautiful! We started this event along with the Galveston Arts Center and the Hotel Artist Lofts as a response to the rising ticket prices and heightened fences of Galveston’s Mardi Gras. This event is free and open to everyone’s interpretation of beauty! Costumes and handmade gifts (to be given away in lieu of beads) are highly encouraged.

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The King of the Babies and Super Sallie are ready to go! But first we must consult the Oracle.

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Undeterred by the pouring rain, we set out for the Artists Lofts to meet the rest of our crew.

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We took refuge in the Proletariat to warm up before we began the rest of our festive journey.

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Our crew paraded down Postoffice, giving handmade gifts to fellow merrymakers and onlookers.

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Thank you to current artists in residence Kristina and Justin for bearing the ark back to the sacred fire!

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Thank you to Becky Major for her excellent bull-horn skills, David for adding his sousaphone into our parade cacophony, and Dennis Nance for navigating our path through the fog.

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After our downtown meandering we headed back to GAR to give our offerings to the magical fire.

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Offerings were made, and the fire accepted!

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We sealed the deal through music! Thank you to Mariana Kunst Fascion (of BOAN) for her amazing performance.

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And Tex Kirschen and Erika Thrasher (of Studded Left and Indian Jewelry) for bringing it home!

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Somewhere in the fog is Michael Allison, once again taking care of the sound, the lights, and the THICK MYST.

Not pictured is Dan Schmahl, because he was once again, the man behind the camera. Therefore he appears in none, or all of these pictures, depending on how you look at it.

It was an amazing night, with fun had by all!

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Thanks to everyone who came out that night and helped us celebrate. When we emptied our pockets the next morning we found so many amazing gifts!

Until next year, you beautiful people!

 

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6.17.17 | Pumaman

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Come by and see the 2016-2017 Artists in Residence show featuring work by Leonardo Benzant, Fidencio Fifield-Perez, and Pat Palermo. It’s full of mysteries!

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A big thank you to Emperor X for coming to Galveston and playing an amazing show for our opening.

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We headed West with the residents for our annual after-show road trip. Here are Pat, Dan and Lucy in a Judd concrete box.

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The Judd’s were infested with adorable baby bunny rabbits. Donald would have loved it.

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The whole gang on a morning hike in the Davis Mountains.

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Rainbow over Mountain GAR.

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A quick bee update: This photo is from several weeks ago now, but our bees have settled in and are busy building comb, hatching brood, gathering pollen, and building up their honey stores.

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And introducing the newest, unexpected member of the GARgang: Pumaman! (Pronounced Puma Man). Named in honor of GAR cofounder, Bert Geary, and his dedicated work with the mountain lions of West Texas.

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We had been hearing the sound of a kitty in distress but couldn’t find the source for a few days. Finally we located this little one hiding in the engine of a resident’s car.

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We put out food and water for him, but he wouldn’t come out.  Finally we ended up spraying water into the hood of the car, and he came running out!

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He was exhausted from lack of food and water, in the heat of the Galveston summer.

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But after a few days of rest, and regular nourishment he was up and about, finding and causing all sorts of mischief!

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Now he’s a friendly and playful little guy, attacking everything that moves, then crashing hard for a nap on a lap. We haven’t introduced him to The Ghost and The Darkness yet, but I’m sure he’ll be a welcome addition to the GARdians!

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05.04.17 | The Birds and The Bees

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Curator, Regine Basha and her son, Ruben, visited Galveston this spring and we went to go visit the Roseate Spoonbills nesting on High Island.

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It’s a sight to see! 

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When you add in the alligators it becomes a primal nature wonderland!

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Here is a migrating Indigo Bunting resting in the GAR courtyard. The spring migration seems to have come a little late this year, but there have been plenty of beautiful birds passing through.

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New additions to the residency! Introducing the GAR bees!

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Here is Eric, releasing the Queen (Beeyonce).

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Many thanks to Anna Garza for coming to Galveston and talking about her projects empowering girls and building safe spaces for sexual minorities in Houston through the wisdom and power of Rock n’ Roll! This was a collaboration between GAR, WAKE the zine, and the Galveston Party.

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Afterwards, Giant Kitty played a super fun set. Thanks so much for coming down, guys! This was such a rad show!

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Last week we were honored to host a Da Camera Pop-Up Concert, Blow Up, My City, featuring Sonia Wieder Atherton on cello, Sarah Rothenberg on piano, and short films by Chantal Akerman.

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Sonia Wieder Atherton accompanying Chantal Akerman’s Saute ma ville (Blow up, My City), which she filmed in 1968 when she was 18. It was her first film.

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Sonia and Sarah playing Grand Duet for cello and piano (1959) by Galina Ustvolskaya. They brought the house down.

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The following night Karima Walker treated us to a haunting, spectral desert meandering. Special shout out to Michael Allison, who not only opened for Karima, but did all our sound and projections for the show as well. Thanks, Michael!

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Last, but certainly not least, a gratuitous spring garden bounty photo. This went into our bellies. The traditional GAR lunch is alive and well.

Thanks to everyone who has come out to all our music events this past spring. Looking forward to summer!

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