Member Artists

The Following Member Artists are currently exhibiting work in our group show

"Of Water and Earth" at the Westbank Community Library, Laura Bush Library Branch

Barbara Attwell

Passionate about wildlife protection, Attwell’s current works are centered on the wisdom, beauty, and plight of wild things. Outdoor sculptures invite all manner of creatures back into our world in a creative and integrated style. A 27’ tall bat tower with a guano collection system for the garden was an award winner in the 2012 East Austin Studio Tours. Oil paintings address our relationship to endangered species, and felted works celebrate the richness and depth of our biological heritage. Attwell strives to reawaken the connectivity we have lost with the truly wild, believing that we are collectively lost on a path of overconsumption with an unbearable price tag – the loss of 1 species every 20 minutes. “If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit.” Chief Seattle

Beatrice Baldwin

Beatrice Baldwin moved to Austin 10 years ago when she joined St. Stephen's Fine Arts faculty as Visual Studies instructor, Director of the Scanlan Gallery, and coordinator for the Scholastic Art Regional Competition (www.artandwriting.org).  She holds a BFA and MFA in Studio Art (painting, drawing, printmaking and design).  Working primarily in transparent watercolor, she specializes in the trompe l'oeil style.  Bea also paints landscapes and portraits in oil.  Her paintings and prints can be found in numerous public and private collections.   Her many shows include Austin City Hall’s The People’s Gallery, the West Austin Art Tour, the Chinati Group Exhibition, a printmaking show at the Corcoran College of Art & Design, and several invitational shows at Elon University, among others.  She has also participated in exhibitions sponsored by Women Printmakers of Austin at The Dougherty Arts Center and the Pump Project.

Nina Beall, Paintings

Nina Beall is a National Endowment for the Arts Grant Recipient, who has had her work represented by several major Galleries in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Florida, Houston, and several other major cities within the US and internationally. Beall's work has been reviewed by well known critics and writers in Art in America, Artforum, The Philadephia Inquirer, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and Houston Chronicle to name a few. Her paintings are also collected by several noteworthy Permanent Corporate Collections, such as Coca-Cola, Prudential, Sandoz, as well as having shown and been included in the Permanent Collections of several museums; The Art Institute of Chicago, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, San Antonio Museum of Art, A&M University's Forsythe Gallery and Collection, The McNay, Museum of Southeast Texas, Washington University; and is widely collected by many noteworthy private collections as well. Beall first began exhibiting her work in Philadelphia just after graduating (BFA Degree) from The University of Texas, Austin, and then had her first major One Person Show at Frumkin Gallery in Chicago, while in her second year of Graduate School at The Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). Her studio is open to visitors by appointment, and she enjoys teaching workshops occasionally.

Sheri Bredeson

Sheri Bredeson is a fourth generation artist, and she draws inspiration from her great grandmother, who was an artist and patron of the arts in colonial Mexico City. Sheri works with graphite on paper to create classical portraiture and other works capturing endurance athletes as they train and compete, suffer and persevere.

Gale Gassiot

Gale’s style is whimsical and fluid suggesting dream-like imagery. Her current work consists primarily of watercolor, glass mosaic, and teaching. She is a prolific and resourceful artist. Gale’s teaching roles include: Staff Artist at the Surface Design Studio of the Southwest Craft Center; facilitator of numerous art and dream understanding workshops in Texas and Mexico; Director of Education and Social Services of the Longevity and Wellness Center of South Texas; Health Educator of Padre Medical Group; Vitality Coordinator of Scott and White Health Plan; Austin Fire Department EMT Instructor; and a lifetime of teaching art to adults and children in Texas and Mexico.

Rhonda Padon Gibson

Alive with bold colors and dynamic compositions, my work is full of self reflection and personal narratives. Described by a friend as, "NOT a one trick pony," I love making all kinds of things, painting in a variety of styles, and exploring a myriad of topics. Politics, religion, culture, and our own tenuous existence are current themes in my work. Born on Valentine's Day, I grew up in the piney woods of Conroe, TX, in a neighborhood reminiscent of our own Lake Hills community. I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Visual Art Studies, and a Teaching Certificate from the University of Texas at Austin. I taught art K-6 in AISD for nine years full time at Maplewood Elementary, as well as part time at Allison, Wooldridge, and Barrington Elementary. For the last decade, thanks to my loving understanding husband Cris, I've been a stay at home mom to our daughter Addi, and a full time artist. Outside of following my own artistic visions, I enjoy doing commission art work for others, tap dancing, gardening, cooking, and hanging out at the lake.

Ginger Grasley

Ginger is a 5th generation Texan who received her BS in biochemistry from St. Edward’s University. Her strength in mathematics and science inspires and complements her work. Ginger works with acrylic and metal on wood drawing inspiration from vintage guitars and the musicians that made those guitars iconic. She enjoys painting these recognizable instruments in situations that represent the musical style and energy of their fans, pop-culture of the times and other idiosyncrasies associated with the musician. Ginger strives to create orchestral situations using subtle details and energetic color choices.

Randy Huke

Randy Smith Huke taught art for many years before entering the film business. She has a BFA in painting from the University of Texas. She has worked on both studio and independent films as an art director, buyer and set decorator. Although she personally doesn’t like horror films, she has decorated a large number of them. Randy continues to make art. She loves the collaboration of the film business.

Carolyn Marquez McBurnett

Carolyn Marquez McBurnett grew up in Madrid, Spain where she was inspired by the vibrant colors and luminescenes of stained glass works, always intrigued by the way glass could reflect, bend, split and project natural light. Carolyn started painting at an early age and later moved to clay sculpture and wall installations - after years of frustration in not being able to achieve the brilliant colors she envisioned for her work she turned to colored glass as her new medium. She has been working with glass for 3 years now and has attended various classes/workshops in creating lead panels and copper-foil method of stained glass as well as 3dimensional glass work and glass blowing.

Yuliya Lanina

Yuliya Lanina is a Russian- born American multimedia artist. Her works portray alternate realities that fuse fantasy, femininity, and humor. Lanina has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Her work has been displayed at the Seoul Art Museum, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Russia), Ludwig Museum (Germany), SIGGRAPH Asia (Japan) 798 Beijing Biennial (China), Seoul International Media Art Biennial (Korea) and other venues. Her most recent solo shows include Cleveland Institute of Art (Cleveland, OH), Sara Nightingale Gallery (Sag Harbor, NY), Women and Their Work (Austin, TX), Russian Cultural Center of Texas (Houston, TX).

Rebecca McCormick

If you believe that genetics plays a role in artistic talent then Rebecca’s genes must have come from the same source as her Great Aunt Laura Taylor Hughes who started the successful Rosemeade Pottery in North Dakota in 1940. If you feel that environment, experience, and social factors are the primary source of talent then credit goes to Rebecca’s family, teachers, mentors, and of course to Rebecca herself for thousands of hours devoted to observing life and creatively reproducing what she saw. Rebecca works primarily with oils, watercolors, and pastels. Her selections for this show reflect an autumn harvest theme, with produce from her employer, Whole Foods Market (where she works as a Chalkboard Artist) and animals from her Cuernavaca neighborhood.

Katy Nail Studio

Katy Nail was educated in Houston, Mexico and Europe and received a BFA of Fine Arts in Studio Art with honors in art in 1975 from Sam Houston State University. Her work is in private and public collections in the United States and Europe. In Texas, her paintings have been exhibited and won awards for more than thirty years in museums and galleries. Currently, Katy is working on a unique landscape series concerning Big Bend in West Texas and the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico, commissioned portraits, and illustrations for books written by her mother, Frances Nail.

Anne Nolan

I have lived in the Cuernavaca area for over 31 years, been married to Tim for over 32 years and have lived in Austin for over 33 years. My first formal experience with art was in the fourth grade when I actually had an art teacher, Ms. Crist, who I’m pretty sure had strongly influenced me since hers is the only name I readily remember from grade school. I was blessed to be able to take art classes in high school where I was exposed to different mediums. I continued studying art at Wayne State University in downtown Detroit in the late 70’s and also the University of Texas at Austin in the early 80’s. In the 90’s I took watercolor classes with Mary Doerr on and off for years. Before I retired from the Postal Service I started taking oil painting classes with Debra Johnson. My paints had been under the house for almost 30 years and I could not for the life of me remember how to paint in oil. Not long after that I met Bea Baldwin who gave me “The Artists Handbook” which is a wonderful technical reference. Now that I am old enough to be retired from the workforce I have the time to move my creative nature past hobby to what I am calling my “next life”, that of a professional artist. I am very excited to be part of the CAC which has already helped further me in the pursuit of my “next life”. Seda, the name I sign my art with, was given to me as a teenager by the older brother of a lifelong friend. It’s a shortened, stylized version of the long Polish name I was born with and ditched completely when I married Nolan. All of my life no one could correctly pronounce my maiden name and ironically few pronounce Seda correctly. The “e” is short and you roll that “d”. Like a teenager, pronounce the second syllable “duh”!

Maura Schaffer

Maura is a artist whose love of art was instilled in her at a young age by her grandmothers and she has been sketching, painting, working with clay, and creating sculptures ever since. Her sculptural work focuses on the dinner table as well as other furniture as a means of expressing ideas about human relationships. She is also working on developing sculptural relief works for architectural spaces that will be presented both on the interior and exterior of the structure. Maura received a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale and began her professional career as an Interior Designer working in architecture firms in Chicago and St. Louis. She began the transition to a career as an artist at Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics with a minor in weaving. She completed her Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University where she began working with sculpture and installation. She has taught at Purdue University, Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College, as well as at community art centers since 1998. While teaching she has remained active as an artist and participates in numerous national and international shows where she exhibits her sculpture and installations.

Connie Taylor

Originally from New Orleans, Connie moved to Texas 29 years ago. After many years of customer service and real estate work, in 2009 when the economy took a downturn, Taylor took the opportunity to take some art classes and rekindled her love of painting! Since moving to Austin 4 years ago Connie has taken classes from Anne Templeton, Michelle Chrisman, and Nina Bealle. Connie sees life in bold color as evidenced in her paintings and loves the impressionistic textured effect of the palette knife. Her favorite subjects are central Texas water scenes, sunsets, charming eateries, and children.

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