January 22, 2011 - "I Art Congress" Launching Feb. 10th (cont.)

     Paul Ha - Director of Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis - will speak in the Community Room at Arthouse, starting at 7 p.m.  Austin Details Art + Photo opens "The Tiny Show: Tiny Art for Big Hearts," with original art, entertainment, and sweets to sample.
     Mexic-Arte will be ablaze with passionate flamenco music and Spanish wine to honor 1930s tile artist and dnacer Fernando Ramos, featured in the current exhibition "Colors on Clay."  Authenticity Gallery will feature Austin artist Brandon Testa in a special selection of his artwork - which feature hidden and not-so-hidden hearts - along with a special wall for the night in honor of Valentine's Day.
    Numerous other galleries and businesses will offer special exhibits, samplings, and special events during the evening.  The monthly "I Art Congress" events are designed to showcase Congress Avenue in a fun, participatory, easy, and consolidated way - so that people can discover the broad variety of arts, entertainment, dining, shopping, and nightlife that have emerged along the downtown main street.  For more information and complete calendar of events, visit     Continued >

(Images courtesy Austin CVB)
January 18, 2011 - “The Ancestor and The Archive” at Women and Their Work

     To launch the new Women and Their Work exhibit "The epic crossings of an Ife head"  by Wura-Natasha Ogunji - featuring paintings and videos based on performances by the artist - Ogunji and an amazing group of guest artists will offer an evening of live performances on Thursday, January 20th.  Entitled "The Ancestor and The Archive," the free
performances begin at 7 p.m. at the downtown art gallery.
   The seven short performances - each four to eight minutes in length - feature Ogunji and artist Amanda Johnston, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Annelize Machado, Nicole Vlado, Matt Richardson, and kt shorb. Following the performances, a lively discussion will explore the ways that the artists create, re-create and shift cosmologies - making experimental works that embody the traditional and non-traditional alike.
     The conversation will also address creative practices and the deep attention each artist gives to personal and collective histories and ancestral legacies.  The event is free, but, seating is limited.  
     In her exhibit running through February 17th, Ogunji uses her body to explore her connections to place, land, history and memory.  In her performance videos and paintings, she portrays the journey of a Nigerian Ife head artifact who longs for her descendents in the Americas.
    Women and Their Work is located at 1710 Lavaca.  For more information and gallery hours, call (512) 477-1064 or visit

(Detail from "My father and I dance in outer space" by Wura-Natasha Ogunji, 2010;
 photo courtesy Women and Their Work)
January 2, 2011 -  2011 "That Takes The Cake!" Sugar Art Show and Cake Competition
     The 2011 "That Takes The Cake!" Sugar Art Show and Cake Competition will return to Austin on February 26th and 27th, and this year's event will include a new on-site cake-building contest all day on February 26th.  Visitors to the show can see cake decorating experts who have been seen on TLC's "Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker" compete in a day-long event to make huge, showpiece-style cakes in keeping with the show's 2011 theme:
"Caked Crusaders: Super Heroes and Super Villains."
    Austin's own Brian Stevens of Crazy Cakes was featured on the TLC television series and will one of the decorators participating in the contest.  Stevens won second place in last year's showcake competition with a cake sculpted to look like Gollum - from the feature film Lord of the Rings - sitting atop a rock.
      Tickets for the show - which include the contests, vendor hall, demonstrations, and displays of all the entries - are $8 per day or $14 for a weekend pass when purchased online in advance.   Children 18 and under are free.
     Proceeds from the annual event benefit Capital Confectioners to provide scholarships for local culinary students.  For more information, visit
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