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!




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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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!



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


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


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


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


Rainbow over Mountain GAR.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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


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


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!


05.04.17 | The Birds and The Bees


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


It’s a sight to see! 


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


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.


New additions to the residency! Introducing the GAR bees!


Here is Eric, releasing the Queen (Beeyonce).


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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!


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!


2.25.17 | The Festival of The Beautiful


This year for Mardi Gras we joined forces with the Galveston Arts Center and the Hotel Artist Lofts to present “The Festival of The Beautiful”.  No fences, totally free, sponsored by no one and everyone.


Costumes and handmade gifts replaced store bought jester hats and plastic beads.  Eric’s wizard costume came complete with a driftwood staff, barnacle incense holder, and beach flotsam necklaces to give to strangers and friends.


We left the GAR compound and joined up with the Hotel Artist Lofts.  Becky Major was playing the Euphonium!



Dennis Nance, Galveston Arts Center curator, looked amazing in his handmade costume and streamers. GAR resident, Fidencio Martinez, was spectacularly turned out as a potted monstera philodendron, and carried our Ark for the fire.


Sallie and GAR resident Pat Palermo carried the official parade banner.




We paraded downtown, gathering revelers as we went.  We quickly outgrew the sidewalk, walked the wrong way up a one-way street, and took over an official parade route for a few blocks, returning to the GAR compound for the rest of the Festival.


We had a ritualistic burning of our Festival Ark. Each group brought their own offering for the fire. In the fire our ashes all became one.





Studded Left from Houston kicked off the show!



And Vockah Redu from New Orleans brought it all home! And a very special thank you goes to Michael Stuart Allison for the projections and sound. A second very special thank you to Dan Schmahl, who took all our photos, and therefore appears in none, or all, symbolically, depending on how you look at it.

Thanks to everyone who came out, made costumes and gifts, and brought the festive spirit. It was a truly special night. Hope to see y’all next Mardi Gras!


9.17.16 |The Eye and The Oracle


David Snyder explains his installation, “Knock-Off Oracle, Undecider’s Anthem… And a Disaster, After” at his opening in the GAR Gallery.


Josh, listening to the oracle.


In conjunction with the gallery opening we had a mini-music festival featuring 3 bands – Karima Walker, Deep Cuts, and Hearts of Animals.  This is Karima Walker’s atmospheric and haunting performance .


Thanks to Michael Allison for his awesome projections! Looked just as good from the inside as it did from the courtyard.  This was during Deep Cuts’ performance.


The three new residents have arrived and have begun exploring the strangeness of Galveston.


Ghost, the GAR kitty – hard at work.


Sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico.


8 .4 .16 | Big Bubbles and Bernie on the Beach


We sent off our 2015 – 2016 Residents in style – geeking out on giant bubbles!






I mean, how can you NOT smile with bubbles this big? It brought out everyone’s inner kid.


And snow cones!!



Dan puts the finishing touches on a “Bernie on the Beach”.


Special shout out to Michael Waugh for planting ground cherries all over GAR. These funny little fruits shouldn’t have been able to grow in this climate, but they did incredibly well.


Ghost and the Darkness having an early morning conspiratorial meeting. Caught in the act, boys!


Sun rising over the Gulf of Mexico. Happy Summer, everyone!


2 . 19 . 16 | End of Winter Update


A typical winter beach day. Sometimes when the wind is out of the north the water becomes incredibly flat.


Shark Karma. But when the wind comes from the south it can get really choppy and wash creatures up on the beach. We sent this shark back into the water and it swam away fine. With all the surfing we’ve been doing around here lately a little shark karma could be useful.


Sadly it’s time for Vicki’s show to come down. but not before it was visited by a ghost from Dicken’s past…


Time for our show at the CAMH to come down too, but not before we do a little meditating on the Island Time…




Thanks to Brandon Bell, Danielle Chan, Craig Hauschildt, Jamey Kollar, Matthew McClung, and Neil Sisauyhoat for coming to GAR and performing Michael Gordon’s “Timber”. It was intense and cathartic!




Thanks to Shrimp Boat Projects for helping us bring Dave Dove, Jason Jackson, and Ryan Edwards to GAR to perform “Music for Dolphins”. This was a really unique piece that brought the concert from the Bay to the people!




A field trip to the Oil Rig Museum in honor of current resident Diana Puntar’s birthday with Michael Waugh and Vicki Sambunaris resulted in multiple assaults by frisky mannequins.


Thanks to Josh Bernstein and Natasha Bowdoin for bringing us Christmas Rune Wood. We’ve been burning it in the proper order and hope to unleash the Nordic Fire God before the Vernal Equinox! Bring on spring!

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In the GARden this spring, tucked among the tomatoes, peppers and holy basil we also planted Tropical milkweed, the seeds came from a sweet woman in Minnesota. She is in it for the butterflies. Our Tropical milkweed grew well and attracted more pesky yellow aphids than I have ever seen on a plant at GAR. Fortunately, our ever vigilant ladybugs came in to keep the sap suckers in check. But no Monarch Butterfly caterpillars, I was starting to wonder if this had been a waste of time. Did Monarchs even fly through Galveston?


Then BOOM, The Monarch caterpillars show up in force. They are ravenous, stripping the milkweed bare. I am starting to think we should have planted more.

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The Morning of September 19th, The back courtyard is full of Monarch Butterflies, they are resting in the sun. The cycle is complete!

However I cant find a single chrysalis, they must be all tucked back in the tomatoes.


Ever vigilant, Sallie calls me over. Something is in the baby amaranth. An unhatched Chrysalis!


The next morning it has already emerged. Many mysteries. It flies off and over the wall as I approach. On to Mexico!