This year, AgavePrint is stop number 183 on the East Austin Studio Tour. In addition, Austin Art Alliance has included us in their fundraiser, Art Night Austin: Preview EAST. Tickets are still available for this catered preview tour of six different E.A.S.T. venues.
Please stop by AgavePrint during the next two weeks and take in the great collection of work on display. We’ll have framed and loose prints available by photographers Robb Kendrick, Leon Alesi and Holly Wilmeth, mixed media artist Virginia Fleck, and painters Valerie Fowler and Kathleen Holder. We also have some framed originals by Joel-Peter Witkin and framed original tintypes by Robb Kendrick. To top it off we’ll have hand-made lamps by David Kampa illuminating the gallery.
Robb Kendrick works in tintype and large format photography, color and black and white. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine and has published four books, including collections of his tintype portraits, Revealing Character and Still: Cowboys at the Start of the 21st Century. His work can be found in The Witlliff Collection, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, the Harry Ransom Center, the Frost Bank Collection and the Ralph Lauren Collection. When Kendrick is not shooting photos, he is traveling with his wife and teenage sons, showing them the world and helping them gain perspective on our global lives.
Leon Alesi is an artist/portrait photographer living in Austin, Texas. Portraiture helps cultivate a deeper connection with those he photographs and the world around him. He is available for portrait commissions and assignment work. Alesi recently won Best In Show in the New Directions 2011 Traveling show which opened in Santa Barbara, CA. His work was also recognized in Fraction Magazine, featuring the best contemporary worldwide photography. In 2011, his work was exhibited in Austin, Dallas, Santa Barbara and Seattle. 2012 has continued the busy pace with exhibits in Fort Collins, San Francisco, Houston and Austin already in the works.
Holly Wilmeth was born and raised in Guatemala. The daughter of a farmer, she spent half her time in the city and the rest of her time in the dense jungles and agricultural landscapes of Guatemala. This is where her journey in photography began, documenting the culture both in the streets as well as people’s relation to their land. Her passion for ethnic cultures has taken her to over 60 countries, from the remote corners of East Asia to the far north of Mongolia. Holly has experienced living with nomad families in the Tibetan mountains as well as the Saharan desert. She has worked for a wide range of clients, in advertising as well as editorial. Her work has been published in International Publications such as Time, Newsweek, AFAR, GEO, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic Adventure, CARE International, USAID to name a few. For the last couple of years she has been working on a series called Faceless and Found Objects, and using alternative processes to exhibit the work such as gold leafing on prints. She recently worked on a project in Quebec City photographing a Series for them relating to their country.
Since 2002, Virginia Fleck has been working exclusively with recycled plastic bags creating site specific, ecologically conscious art works that have been commissioned for several high profile, green building projects including the US Embassy in Rwanda, Whole Foods World Head Quarters in Austin TX, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis TN and Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin TX -the first hospital in the world to attain LEED platinum certification. Fleck’s work has been exhibited at Art Forum Berlin, Pulse Miami and New York and Arte Fiera in Bologna Italy. Her work appears in many prestigious collections including the permanent collection the United States Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda and the Marino Golinelli collection in Bologna, Italy. Ms. Fleck’s work has been written about and reviewed on the web and in numerous paper publications including American Craft Magazine, Public Art Review, Sculpture Magazine, Metropolitan Home, Western Interiors and Design, Austin Home, Glasstire, Kopenhagen.dk, Voice of Germany, Apartment Therapy, MoCo Loco, Houston Press, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News and the Washington Post. Fleck is a featured artist in the book, recently published by Random House: Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects from the New Community of Handmade and How You Can Join In. Fleck was born in New York City. She began making artwork in childhood and eventually studied at two art schools: Portland School of Art in Portland, Maine and at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1990 Fleck moved to Austin, Texas where she continues her work as a visual artist.
Valerie Fowler is an Austin painter and illustrator interested in conveying,
through her uniquely personal lens, the fragility of nature on earth. Utilizing
a bright, often, unnatural color pallet, an extreme attention to detail and
disconcerting compositions she alerts the viewer that something just might
be amiss in nature. She is currently concerned with the actual breaching of
the earth’s surface, often depicting scenes with cutaway views so that the
earth is exposed below ground. This personal perspective is apparent in
her illustrations as well and include the album cover Cimarron Banks for
Austin singer/songwriter, Amy Annelle and the illustrated book for Ivy and
the Wicker Suitcase, a musical written and produced by her husband Brian
Beattie, due out this spring. Her work can be seen currently at the Austin
Airport near gate 8 and at Boom Gallery (adjacent to East side Glass) in
One must not look too fast at Holder’s visionary landscapes. At a casual glance they are exceedingly simple and direct. But like entering a darkened room, the eyes need time to adjust. Then the viewer notices surfaces that are rich in nuance, similar to but even more subtle than James McNeill Whistler’s tonalist nocturnes or shoreline studies. One feels in each work spiritual essences waiting to be comprehended. How the viewer submits his or her own temperament, experience, and reservoir of associations to the query of those essences is the mystic adventure.