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6.26.19 |Now is a good time

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When you come to GAR, can you find the mirror ball in the bamboo?

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Or Phil in the back garden?

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Or the ladybug larvae hunting aphids on the arugula?

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And then transforming into a ladybug?

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One of our favorite spring events in Galveston is when the cemetery on Broadway erupts in these bright yellow flowers.

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Also, this dude! Playing with his snake on the beach.

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Cucumber seedlings.

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We had a great spring and early summer in the GARden. The cucumbers were particularly bountiful and delicious.

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Be sure to swing by the gallery while you’re visiting Galveston this summer to check out the current Artists in Residence show. On view through July 20th!

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Thanks to everyone who came to the opening, it was a great night! Special thank you to chef Benjy Mason for his amazing Tomato Sandwiches and cocktails inspired by the artists. Also a huge shoutout to David Feil and his Slightly Larger Band for the music!

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We’re always making art around these parts. Stay cool this summer, friends!

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3.16.19 | Festival of the Beautiful III

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The Third Annual Festival of the Beautiful!

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Thank you to Benjy Mason for making heaping helpings of gumbo stew! If you’re going to do a Festival of the Beautiful, you need nutrients! It was truly the best gumbo we’ve ever had.

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He’s also the Master of the Pour.

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This year we added a new song element to our festivities. Thank you to David Feil for helping us transcribe the poems of William Blake as sung by Allen Ginsberg, and lead us all in song!

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Parading through downtown Galveston! This was our biggest parade yet!

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Burning the Ark with the help of Bill Davenport, to set this year on the right path.

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A big thank you to CHALK and Studded Left from Houston for finishing off our night!

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A very Happy Mardi Gras from the Galveston Artist Residency! See you next year!

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In other news… why is Barry so green?? It must be time for our CREATURE FEATURE!

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For some strange reason there were several fresh water turtles found stranded on the beach this winter.

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This makes no sense, as they don’t do well in salt water! 

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They are all Red Eared Sliders and there were four of them in total found over a 10 day period.

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Fortunately we were able to relocate them to this little fresh water turtle paradise. Turtle Karma.

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This frog lives on the studio window when it’s warm.

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The bees are in the calamondin with their big yellow pollen pants.

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Here’s a Dan in the wild… checking the surf report.

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The Darkness is blissing out on the spring sunshine.

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And if you want to see more creatures, swing by the gallery to check out Arden Surdam’s exhibition NAUSEA, complete with this beautiful green Nannochlropsis algae.

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Finally, a big thank you to Jana Horn for playing a great set in our back courtyard! Happy Spring everyone!

 

 

 

 

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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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