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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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8 . 27 . 14 | New New Berlin!!

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The artist Jade Townsend takes aim at the NevADA Art Fair.

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The Deuce II is hopping.

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David McClain, reporter for the Daily Sensation, hard at work.

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Emily Sloan preaches the word.

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The first wedding of New New Berlin.

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Dennis Nance says “No you CANNOT get a room at the Aspen Hotel”.

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Andres Mireles doing hard time.

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Lindsey Schnell, looking for trouble at the Deuce II.

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Brian Piana pours a stiff one.

 

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Artist William Powhida basking in the glow of the Le Banco des Vetrauens ATM.

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Josh Bernstein and musician Colin Clark. Thanks for the sweet tunes, Colin!

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From the depths of hell, Eric Schnell brings visitors to New New Berlin the wurst sausages.

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A huge thank you to William Powhida, Jade Townsend and Janet Phelps for building the New New Berlin! And thanks to all of our volunteer actors for the evening: Emily Sloan, Brian Piana, Lindsey Schnell, Dennis Nance, David McClain, Andres Mireles and Loli Fernandez – you guys really made the night special! And finally, many many thanks to everyone who came out for the opening on Saturday night – it was such a fun night and we’re so grateful we could share it with you!

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6 . 28 . 14 | Petroglyphs of Mountain GAR

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Every year around this time we all pile into our cars and head out to West Texas to spend some time in Marfa and at Mountain GAR. The landscape is just so different from East Texas.

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We usually do the full Chinati tour and Judd out for a while. It seems like every time we do this tour a creature shows up and steals the show. This year it was this tarantula, spotted first by Robert Pruitt. The tour guide told us it was a male because it doesn’t have red hairy legs.

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Autumn Knight and Robert Pruitt taking in the view at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute.

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An awesome desert plant that, unfortunately, we don’t know the name of. But check out those colors!

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On the last day at Mountain GAR we headed out to look for the rumored petroglyphs. Dwindi is so excited. Hiking is her favorite thing!

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Bert Geary leads the way up the mountain.

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Joe Joe Orangias: KING OF THE MOUNTAIN!

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The petroglyphs were in a cave at the top of a mountain!

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6 . 17 . 14 | Spring GARden Spectacular

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Technically, it’s still spring for a few more days, so here are some highlights from the spring garden.

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The cilantro did great this spring. Large clumpy bushes of white flowers full of bees and other beneficial insects. Cilantro is the protector of the GARden!

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Here is the tiny Allograpta obliqua, a type of flower fly. It’s larvae feed on aphids.

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This cluster of Large Milkweed Bugs, while not necessarily beneficial, are generally benign. They feed only on the milkweed plant, and, judging by the continued health of our milkweed, don’t seem to do permanent damage.

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We think this is the larvae of the Black Swallowtail, feeding on fennel.

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According to our Kaufman’s field guide, this Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) is especially pugnacious (males at least), darting out at anything crossing their path, even humans! So watch out!

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Bachelor’s Buttons!

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Dill gone wild!

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Amaranth.

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A GIGANTIC zucchini!

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Blueberries that aren’t yet blue.

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The GAR breakfast (Sallie’s mid-morning snack).

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This crazy looking fella’ is actually a pretty delicious cucumber. We can’t remember it’s name, but it had a slight lemony flavor. We hope you enjoyed this peek into our garden! It’s one of our favorite things about working at GAR.

 

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6 . 13 . 14 |GAR Parties

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For our Third Annual Artist in Residence Exhibition we had Thomas Hulten’s Hot Viking Dixieland Jazz Band out to play for us! They really made the night feel like a celebration!

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And thanks to Eatsie Boys, too, for serving delicious food all night!

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Congratulations to this year’s residents, John Hodany, Autumn Knight, and Joe Joe Orangias! The show looks really great!

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Last week we had Eric Taylor come and play for us. It was a packed show, and a truly special performance.

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Thanks to everyone who came to our events this spring! You really helped us have our most successful season yet!

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5 . 24 . 14 | GAR Visitors

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Every year Ada Martin, the art teacher at Blocker Middle School in Texas City, brings her best art students by GAR to hang out and do studio visits. This year they were joined by the high school art students, as well! They got to meet GAR resident, Joe Joe Orangias.

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They also spent time in the GAR gallery with George Rush’s exhibition, “Horizon”.

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We spotted this little guy out of the GAR office window. Eric thinks it’s a Nighthawk, but Sallie thinks it looks more like a Chuck-will’s-widow, or a female Whip-poor-will. If there are any serious birders out there we could use your expertise! However, we can both agree that it is one beautiful bird.

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Every year during the spring bird migration, at least one Indigo Bunting knocks itself unconscious on the GAR windows. Don’t worry, he’s not dead, he hopped up in a few moments and flew away.

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And last, but certainly not least, curator Janet Phelps, while doing a site visit for an upcoming project with Jade Townsend and William Powhida, poses with a kite she found on the beach. What a score!

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2 . 15. 14 | Winter Garden Notes

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In the winter garden, root crops like these “Touchon carrots” have been doing really well.

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Sometimes they get a little freaky.

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This fall and winter our most productive crop has been our radishes. Here we have purple daikon radishes, white daikon radishes, watermelon radishes and French breakfast radishes.

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The end product makes a beautiful salad. Add pita and hummus and you have the GAR lunch!

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Our beets seem to do better in the spring, but these Chioggia beets are still beautiful when you slice them.

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A mix of root veggies and fennel. Perfect for grilling!

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first GAR strawberry!

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Meiwa Kumquats! You have to get to these fast, before Lucy sees them!

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Purple Kohlrabi!

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It can get cold in Galveston. Yes, that is ice in our fennel.

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Tropical Milkweed seed pod. This will make more food for the next generation of Monarch butterflies.

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GAR Program Manager, Sallie Barbee, works the soil for spring flower planting!

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12 . 20 . 13 | Garchangel

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For the Holiday edition of the GAR blog we start off with a ghost from Christmas past, The Garchangel of 2012! Built with large amounts of assistance from Josh Bernstein and Zachary Podgorny.

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Garchangel 2012 featured an inverted Christmas tree for a rib cage and a goat’s skull supplied by Josh. Oddly enough the skull was later eaten by Zachary’s dog Zaida.

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Garchangel 2013 was built with John Hodany , Sophie Hofmann and Joe Joe Orangias and is made entirely of driftwood.

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Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this year. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from GAR!

 

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