‘7 Artists’ Opening Reception

Upstairs Studios

October 7, 2016 6:00 pm - October 7, 2016 8:00 pm

The work of seven local artists will be on display in October at the Upstairs Studios at Blue Star Arts Complex, an exhibition space located at 1420 S. Alamo Street. Organized by Paula Cox and Jane Bishop, owners of Mockingbird Handprints, it features the work of current San Antonio artists in printmaking, collage, mixed media, fiber arts, and drawing. “Seven Artists” will be on display beginning with a First Friday opening on October 7 and runs through November 19. A closing reception is scheduled for November 19 from 6 – 8:00pm.

For information about the exhibit, contact Jane Bishop or Paula Cox at Mockingbird Handprints, (210) 878-5711.

Artists in this exhibition include:
Joaquin Abrego
Jane Bishop
Michelle Trahan Carson
Paula Cox
Gabriel Estrada
Nicole Geary
Lacey B. Mills

Joaquin Abrego
Education: B.S. Interior Design, B.A. Psychology, M.A. Counseling Joaquin is a professional interior designer who dabbles in arts & crafts, and has an
affinity for all things pop. His work spans the gamut from art and furniture to interior design. He is known for his use of color and patterns, as well as his ability to brilliantly mix materials. Unhindered by convention or conformity, he is a self-taught artist with raw talent and relentless spirit who has been able to create freely as a true outside the box thinker. His crafted pieces are designed to be fun, superficial, campy and light hearted. His most recent work was on display at the downtown San Antonio Kress building.
Artist Statement:
The “Barbie As” pieces are 5” x 5” works created from repurposed Barbie parts and accessories that are sculpted and dipped in plaster. The dolls are stripped of their identity and given the minimal characteristics needed to represent past and present pop icons.
www.joaquinabrego.com

Jane Bishop
My medium is fibers, cloth that is hand dyed and designed. My frames are furniture, or vintage linens each piece is unique, and in this show I'm using delicate 1940-50’s babydresses. Each piece is a recycled sculpture using either hand drawings or a combination of silkscreens. I use dye and textile inks to paint and I make silkscreens, stencils, and stamps with my hand drawn designs, mixing one with another. Most of my work is custom. I work with clients on designing something special for their home. It makes sense to re-claim, re-use and then re-lax. My dream was to be a Park Ranger, I got my Bachelor of Science degree in Park and Recreation Administration. Before shipping out to a remote National Park I got a part-time job in a Department Store for Christmas and loved it. I traded in my hiking boots for high-heels.
After almost 20 years in Retail Management I accidentally fell into the world of fiber arts. My work is intuitive, I love working with color and design. I now design fabrics on the computer and thru the art of dying and print-making. I am lucky to show my work and other local artists work in my gallery Mockingbird Handprints in Blue Star Arts Complex.
www.janebishopdesigns.com

Michelle Trahan Carson
Michelle Trahan Carson is a mixed media artist originally from South Louisiana. She has a BA in History and a Law Degree from Louisiana State University. She left her law career to raise her son and get serious about her art. She exhibits her work locally and nationally and has been featured in several international publications. She lives in San Antonio, Texas in a century-old fixer-upper with her husband, son, loud beagle and sneaky chihuahua.
Artist Statement:
My work is inspired by a life-long love of history and nostalgia. I hunt for vintage and antique papers, photographs, and books and use them in my collage and mixed media work. It is through these preserved remnants of everyday life that I feel a deep connection to the past, my family, and the places I have lived and loved.
www.michelletrahancarson.com

Paula Cox
Paula Cox is a West Texas native born in Odessa. She received her BA degree in Art from the University of Arkansas . She and her husband raised their family in the tiny Hill Country community of Leakey, Texas. After his death she moved to the city of San Antonio and pursued her interests in printmaking. She has expanded her expertise to the skills of letterpress printing and the making of handmade paper. She is also the co-owner of Mockingbird Handprints, an eclectic store of local artist’s work in San Antonio. Paula’s work is represented by Art on 5th Gallery in Austin, Texas.
Artist Statement:
My primary interests in art revolve around the simple principles of line, color and shape. Most recently I have been experimenting with printing my linoleum relief plates on fabric. For this exhibit I have focused on a common kitchen element, the tea towel. A lovely long rectangle fabric that can be printed on, cut-up, torn, sewn and reassembled. I’ve used some vintage towels as well as new towels that I hand dyed and printed. These towels have become altered from their original purpose, the drying of hands, the cleaning of messes. They are altered stories.
www.paulacoxartist.com

Gabriel Estrada
Gabriel Estrada was born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. He received his BFA from University of Texas at El Paso with a Major in Graphic Design and a minor in Ceramics. He currently resides in San Antonio and works as a Graphic Designer for USAA. His personal work is prompted by personal interests and cultural research. Gabriel often repeats a design through means of silkscreen and stenciling to create an image reflective of his research.  www.gabrielestrada.com

Nicole Geary
Nicole Geary is an American artist hailing from the green, swampy lands of Florida, where she earned a BFA in printmaking from the University of Florida. She graduated with an MFA in printmaking from the University of South Dakota in 2013. She exhibits in juried print and sculpture shows, international residencies, and regularly participates in printmaking conferences. Geary teaches at the Southwest School of Art and St. Philips College, was a resident in the Artist Lab at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, and has been awarded a grant from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. She exhibits nationally and internationally. Geary lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.
Artist Statement:
My artwork operates on the deep and structured methodologies that connect geological theories to the concept of memory, and tie the emotional realm to the scientific. Responding to place and the environment around me, my practice is imbued with the process of scientific investigation, which thrives on inquiry, collection of data, and analyzation. Utilizing hikes and exploration in the outdoors, making sketches, writing, and doing research are all parts of the process I use for developing ideas. My work as a printmaker and a sculptor has been shaped by the concept of deep time, and a combination of interests including geological formations, stratigraphy and the body. My research activities include feminist art and labor, heterotopias, space, and uniformitarianism as it applies to human memory.
www.NicoleGeary.com

Lacey B. Millls
Lacey B. Mills was born El Paso Texas. She received her BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Major in Painting and a minor in Drawing. She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Pennsylvania. She has lived and exhibited work both nationally and internationally. She is currently teaching Printmaking at the Southwest School of Art and has a studio space at Hausmann Millworks, San Antonio, TX.
Artist Statement:
Through various processes used in printmaking, Lacey revisits and reinterprets memories and themes of beauty. Each element within installations and two dimensional work hold symbolic and transformative meanings.  www.laceybibianamills.com