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10.25.15 |Fall Gratitude

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A big thank you to Joshua Edwards and Lynn Xu for sharing their poetry with us. This was in conjunction with our Fall show by Joshua Edwards: “Photographs Taken At One-Hour Intervals During A Walk From Galveston Island To The West Texas Town of Marfa”.

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A big thank you to Eric Taylor for coming to GAR and kicking our asses into the real world.

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A big thank you to everyone who came to our hands-on workshop, helping us bind the emotional world to the physical world.

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A big thank you to Robb Walsh for coming to GAR and cooking amazing gumbo for our Residency Artist Meet & Greet party.

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Look at that roux!! (Cajun napalm)

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6 . 27 . 15 | Summer Isn’t Always a Bummer

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Thank you to everyone who came out to the Residency Show, even though it was a rain soaked night!

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Gartist in Residence, Grace Ndiritu, looking fabulous next to the Eatsie Boys food truck.

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Wild Moccasins were able to finish their set right before the storm set in! Thanks for a great show guys!

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Cat Koozies! Cat Koozies! Cat Koozies! If you could correctly answer a Greek mythology trivia question posed by Lucy Sparrow you may have walked away with one of these GAR commemorative beauties!

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After the Residency Show opening we headed out for our annual West Texas field trip. On the way out there we stopped at the Sonora caves. It’s a strange, crystal world down there!

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A Mountain GARfrog eagerly watches breakfast being made.

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Back at GAR proper we see that under Sallie’s eternal optimism our Plant People invite has blossomed into this! Anyone else get any gardens from their invites?

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The swallowtail larvas have been shape-shifting.

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But if anyone out there knows what kind of butterfly this guy will become, please let us know! Because it sure is pretty!

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5 . 5. 15 | Kite Weekend

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A big thank you to kite experts Glenn Davison and Kathy Nixie for coming to GAR and doing three fun kite building workshops with us. We made Miniature Kites, Fighting Kites, and Kites from recycled materials. If you weren’t able to come, here are some pictures from the weekend.

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Building and flying miniature kites in the GAR gallery.

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Building and flying fighting kites.

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Building and flying kites from recycled materials.

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Thank you to everyone who came out to participate! Seeing all the kites up in the air flying together at the end of the weekend was really magical.

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4 . 18 . 15 | April is the Cruelest Month

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Our spring got off to a great start when Maria Molteni gifted us with this net for our basketball hoop.

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Along with working on our basketball game, we’ve been dream machine-ing. Thanks Dan!

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Building and burying Adam Putnam’s obelisk for the “Plant People” exhibition.

 

 

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Also part of the “Plant People” exhibition was current artist in residence Grace Ndiritu’s shamanic plant performance.

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More fun with fungi! Top: Shitake Mushrooms, bottom: Turkey Tail Fungus. Also part of the “Plant People” exhibition.

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Our carnivorous Pitcher Plant is now large enough to eat full grown flies! Thank you Diana for turning us on to this fascinating plant and insect eating machine.

 

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Battle Royale in the garden!

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We’ve had good luck with some new crops this winter: artichokes, broccoli, and sugar snap peas!

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The palimpsest of “New New Berlin”. The structures may be gone, but their mark remains.

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1 . 29 . 15 | The Ghost and The Darkness

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Introducing the GAR kitties! We found them at the shelter, they’re brothers and their mother was a stray. They are cute as shit.

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The Ghost.

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The Darkness.

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The back courtyard is a kitty playground.

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These little dudes have been a great addition to GAR. Everyone has been having such a good time getting to know them!

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12 . 12 . 14 | Un-Music

 

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This past Tuesday, we were honored to host DaCamera’s Young Artists for “Un-Music: A Concert Celebrating Anti-Establishment Music”. Works by John Cage, Erik Satie, Morton Feldman, John Luther Adams, and pieces from the FLUXUS Movement were performed. Here is Yvonne Chen on piano, and Boson Mo on violin performing Erik Satie’s “Choses vues à droite et à gauche (sans lunettes)”.

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Sallie Barbee, Yvonne Chen, Teresa Procter, Brandon Bell and Luke Hubley performing various FLUXUS works.

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John Luther Adams’ “Dark Wind” with Rebecca Tobin on bass clarinet.

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Craig Hauschildt put together the program for the evening, and it was truly astounding! Awesome job, Craig! Here is the man himself playing percussion for “Dark Wind”.

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Perhaps our favorite piece was John Cage’s “Inlets” which is performed with water in seashells and the sound of fire (from GAR’s own courtyard fire pit!)

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Thank you to Teresa Proctor, Boson Mo, Brandon Bell, Yvonne Chen, Rebecca Tobin, Craig Hauschildt and Luke Hubley for your amazing performances. And thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the night with us!

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The next morning, December 10th 2014, in the gar back courtyard, this little guy was meditating on becoming a chrysalis.

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11 . 01 . 14 | Fall Update

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GAR officially has a sign!

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Here are some updates on the decay of New New Berlin, Enjoy!

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New New Berlin… the end.

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Garden update: We made this soil! Black texas gold compost, mmmm.

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Lady bug larvae hunting aphids. Fierce micro-predator, and protector of the GARden.

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We like to keep track of the butterflies feeding on our Mexican Sunflowers, here are some new visitors this fall, starting with the elegant Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes).

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The Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus) is always in motion, never stopping for very long.

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This little lady is a Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) – a type of Grass Skipper which tend to be small, and perhaps most notably, do not sit with their wings open flat, but instead have a characteristic posture called the “jet-plane position”.

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It’s a miracle! Our Miracle Fruit plant (Synsepalum dulcificum) finally made another fruit! (The first and only other fruit was eaten by Zaida the dog).

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It Works! In case you’ve never heard of this little fruit before, it’s supposed to alter your taste buds so that anything eaten directly after it tastes sweeter. For our test we ate only half of this tiny fruit, and then followed it up with the lemon pictured. It tasted like very sweet lemonade! And a kumquat tasted like …. a pretty good kumquat?

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