FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2009
Contact: Molly Dannenmaier
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Tickets Now Available for First Annual Artist Studio Tour
The First Annual Artist Studio Tour, presented by Artist Homestead Galveston Island and sponsored by Galveston Historical Foundation, will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2009 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The tour is part of “Revival and Reflections,” a series of activities and events marking the first anniversary of Hurricane Ike. Tickets are $5 and are now available at www.galvestonhistory.org Artist Homestead Galveston Island is a grassroots effort aimed at attracting artists nationwide to relocate to Galveston, revitalizing the island’s historic neighborhoods and enhancing its cultural diversity. For more information, visit their website at www.artisthomesteadgalvestonisland.com .
2009 Participating Artists
Janet Y. Hassinger, MFA
3510 S ½
A New England transplant, Hassinger has worked in Texas for 25 years exhibiting, teaching and curating art. “Painting and drawing is my natural form of meditation,” she says. Hassinger moved to Galveston Island because she could buy an affordable home/studio and remain near the vital art center of Houston. She is well known for her masterful transparent veils of color in her painting.
1109 25th Street
Thomas has been working with clay since 1987 when she took her first pottery class in the vibrant ethnic neighborhood of Adams Morgan in Washington D.C. Her works are inspired by the quiet solitude of a seaside morning and the feeling of sand between her toes. Galveston Island offers an ideal setting for her to pinch and coax clay into a variety of whimsical colorful forms.
1605 24th Street
A Galveston Island based watercolorist, Anderson has been painting and teaching art for 15 years. Her watercolors bring out the excitement of everyday things which are transformed by her skilled brush. An artist and author, Anderson’s work has been exhibited throughout Texas. Her books include Painted Ireland and Painted Texas.
1506 21st Street
Before moving to Galveston Island in 2004, Kamen and her husband spent 14 years in the Bahamas, where she applied her artistic talent to contemporary quilts. Her quilts hang in the Nassau International Airport, as well as having been presented at the Atlanta Olympics and as a gift to Queen Elizabeth II. Says Jul, “Although my quilt designs are non-traditional, I use them to express very traditional values.”
The Water’s Edge, 1302 21st Street
A native Texan, Reynolds and her husband moved from Houston to Galveston Island where both could have a creative environment to paint and build wooden boats. Using both watercolor and oils, Reynold’s work reflects the abundance of subject matter in Galveston, especially its birdlife, palms and rich architecture.
2128 Post Office
Rene Wiley has been living and painting on Galveston Island for the past 7 years. The island landscape provides inspiration for many of her paintings. Wiley feels “the varied patterns of path, buildings, foliage, and sky combine to create ever changing designs.” Her art has been widely exhibited in galleries around Texas.
2001 Post Office
Starke moved to Galveston Island from New Orleans for the birth of her first granddaughter and would never live anywhere else. She is an active participant in the Galveston art scene. Her work touches on women’s issues and is characterized as Expressionist Art.
Martha J. Terrill
1214 14th Street
A native Houstonian, Terrill has been making and studying art all of her life. After a varied and successful career in the art business, she retired in 2001, moved to Galveston to pursue life as a studio artist and escape the hassle and expense of a large city. Having worked in almost every media, she is currently focused on Assemblage, using materials found after Hurricane Ike.
Added Attraction: Beachtown Open House (East Beach Drive) featuring pre and post-Ike photography.