Here’s a little bit about the curator of the show! Meet Laura Johnson, whose work you will also see at the show. A fifth generation Austinite (her great, great grandfather’s story of his immigration from Sweden can be found on the Deep Eddy Mural), Laura works in Austin and paints in both Austin and Santa Fe. A multi-faceted woman with a Bachelor degree in Studio Art and a Masters degree in Expressive Therapies, she dedicates herself to a painting practice, birding, gardening, curating shows, and a clinical practice assisting families seeking to adopt. She even helped establish Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery with her brother.
Laura’s preferred medium is watercolor. She paints birds that kindle her interest while birding, a practice she’s maintained for 20 years. She also paints flowers and plants from the garden she’s cultivated at home. She’s studied birds and their migration habits for so long that it’s become a huge part of her life, and she paints what she knows. She mentioned that every birder has a “spark bird,” which is the bird that sparks your interest and gets you into birding. Her spark bird was the Cedar Waxwing, but she paints many other birds, owls, and flowers as well.
The idea behind “Women of WEST go East” is to further represent the women in the tour who have stand-alone studios. With the West Austin Studio Tour being so spread out, it’s harder for artists with stand-alone stops to gain traffic, so this pop-up show helps create unity and support between these independent and unique women. We invite you to warm up for WEST with Women of WEST go East at Cloud Tree Studio & Gallery on May 3rd, featuring a great group of killer female artists!
To learn more about curator and artist Laura Johnson, visit her website: https://lauralynnjohnson.com
We're still ALIVE!
...and still searching for a new long-term home. But don't worry we have some good news!
As many might know the original plan to relocate to Pleasant Valley was not able to go forward due to city CODE issues with the structure. Looking forward, we are optimistically collaborating with Almost Real Things to develop a model that supports sustainable private and shared creative studios, co-working space, and mixed use community rooms while prioritizing affordable space in Austin.
In effort to continue supporting local artists, the two organizations are partnering to offer a subsidized shared studio space to two artists that have been displaced, which will culminate with a duo-exhibition in the Fall.
In the interim, we are thankful for our new programming partnership with Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery where we will host a mixture of four-week exhibitions, pop-up shows and performances. Please join us for the first show at Cloud Tree on May 3rd. Women of WEST go East is a pop-up show curated by Laura Johnson to promote artists in stand-alone studios participating in West Austin Studio Tour - stay tuned for more info!