Sep
6
to Oct 27

GUEST ARTIST: Danika Ostrowski

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A NEW EXHIBITION BY ARTIST DANIKA OSTROWSKI | Chroma. Flora.

Featuring new works by Danika Ostrowski and Resident Artist Christopher St. Leger
With music by Kara Bliss
Opening Friday, Sept. 6 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Exhibit Sept. 6 - Oct. 27
The event is free and open to the public

Chroma. Flora. transports the viewer to another world, where colors seem too saturated to be real and the bizarre shapes of plants feel outlandish. But the places in these paintings are very real and Danika Ostrowski’s work reminds us how remarkable the beauty of our Earth is. Danika has long been fascinated with the color and plant life in desert environments. This series is an in-depth exploration of these two subjects.

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DANIKA OSTROWSKI

Danika paints landscapes en-plein-air and creates in-studio work based on photographs, sketches and memories. She currently lives and works in Austin, Texas creating commissioned paintings and developing her own series of work which she exhibits throughout the country. Danika is a dedicated advocate for the preservation of public lands. She uses her platform as an artist to fundraise for the National Parks Foundation and spread awareness of conservation efforts. Danika has been featured as top emerging talent by Western Art Collector and Southwest Art.

www.danikaostrowski.com


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Kara Bliss

Accidental Bliss is a collaboration led by vocalist Kara Bliss McGregor, exploring and reinterpreting jazz and pop standards in fresh and fabulous ways. Kara is a veteran musician, award-winning leading actor and singer, a Central Texan of many generations, business person and enthusiastic Lockhartian. Her eclectic experience covers a lot of ground, from singing lead roles in the world premiers of chamber operas by Greg Bolin, to recording string tracks for the German metal band Gunzenhausen Klan. She has performed with the UT Symphony, Austin Shakespeare, Zachary Scott Theatre, Zilker Hillside Theater, and a dozen other stages across Texas, and is featured in films honored at the Chrysler Film Festival, Project Greenlight, and the SXSW Film Festival. She currently represents District 3 as a member of the Lockhart City Council, and leads the business development at Independence Title.

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Nov
1
to Dec 31

GUEST ARTIST: Susan Sage

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A NEW EXHIBITION BY ARTIST SUSAN SAGE

Opening reception featuring new works by Susan Sage and Resident Artist Christopher St. Leger
With music by
Emily Gimble
Opening Friday, Nov. 1 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Exhibit Nov. 1 - Dec. 31
The event is free and open to the public

Please join us on Friday, Nov. 1 at Commerce Gallery as we celebrate the opening reception for a new exhibition from artist Susan Sage. The event takes place from 6-9 p.m. at Commerce Gallery in Downtown Lockhart. Additional work will be showcased by Commerce Gallery resident artist Christopher St. Leger. 

Stop by, meet the artists, enjoy music from local singer-songwriter Emily Gimble and complimentary refreshments. Friday, Nov. 1 also marks First Fridays Lockhart, a free monthly event that takes place throughout historic town square. Come explore local businesses — from restaurants to boutiques to galleries — and get to know our wonderful creative community.

SUSAN SAGE

Susan Sage is a self-taught portrait artist based out of Portland, Oregon. She has been experimenting in portraiture her entire life and painting professionally for more than a decade. Sage’s figurative portraits feature saturated acrylic colors on plywood depicting vibrant and frivolous scenes of people socializing in an ambiguous time and place. Her warm, evocative paintings are created from stylized photoshoots of her friends. Sage’s work highlights the joy of human connection and the artist’s personal journey exploring the interaction of portraiture’s technical artistry with abstract art’s creative freedom. Her new work will feature pieces inspired by her recent Los Angeles adventures and beachside photoshoots. Follow her on Instagram @susansageart for more in-progress and behind the scenes shots of her process. 

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Nov
9
2:00 PM14:00

Ready, Set, Animate! Lockhart Edition

DIY Animation Workshop


Ready, Set, Animate! Lockhart Edition

Hosted by Gonzo Viz and Commerce Gallery

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Gonzo Viz takes the animation workshop to the new Commerce Gallery in the heart of downtown Lockhart!

Anybody can animate! Whether you are a prolific doodler or haven’t drawn anything since you flunked out of 3rd grade art class, as long as you are eager to make some motion, this workshop is for you. Ami Plasse of Gonzo Viz will share his quick, hand-drawn animation techniques (with no fancy or expensive equipment necessary) and a variety of mediums to play with. You’ll get to create a couple of your very own animations, and leave with a fun new skill that you can use to bring your ideas and observations to life.

Saturday November 9th, 2-5pm // $85

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Oct
3
to Oct 6

Fernando "Fern" Palomo First Friday Pop Up

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FERNANDO “FERN” PALOMO

Fernando “Fern” Palomo was born in Fort Worth, TX, in 1968. His artistic talent was obvious from a very young age. Fern studied visual communications and commercial art at the Art Institute of Dallas and has spent time living in Austin, TX and Edwards, CO. Fern paints portraits in an illustrator style. He draws inspiration from his surroundings and creates characters and subjects from his mind. Fern currently resides in Lockhart, TX.

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Sep
26
to Sep 29

Fernando "Fern" Palomo Pop Up Exhibition

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FERNANDO “FERN” PALOMO

Fernando “Fern” Palomo was born in Fort Worth, TX, in 1968. His artistic talent was obvious from a very young age. Fern studied visual communications and commercial art at the Art Institute of Dallas and has spent time living in Austin, TX and Edwards, CO. Fern paints portraits in an illustrator style. He draws inspiration from his surroundings and creates characters and subjects from his mind. Fern currently resides in Lockhart, TX.

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Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

Commerce Gallery presents: LockhART Talks with Danika Ostrowski

 
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FEATURING DANIKA OSTROWSKIS

Danika paints landscapes en-plein-air and creates in-studio work based on photographs, sketches and memories. She currently lives and works in Austin, Texas creating commissioned paintings and developing her own series of work which she exhibits throughout the country. Danika is a dedicated advocate for the preservation of public lands. She uses her platform as an artist to fundraise for the National Parks Foundation and spread awareness of conservation efforts. Danika has been featured as top emerging talent by Western Art Collector and Southwest Art.

www.danikaostrowski.com

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Aug
28
6:30 PM18:30

COMMERCE GALLERY PRESENTS: LOCKHART TALKS WITH DANA FALCONBERRY

 
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FEATURING DANA FALCONBERRY

Dana Falconberry is an artist and musician living in Texas. She grew up dancing classical ballet and modern dance in Michigan before attending Hendrix College in Arkansas. In college she studied songwriting, which prompted her move to Austin in 2005. After touring, recording, and leading a band for over a decade, she now finds herself focused on visual art. She is currently a stitcher/designer at Fort Lonesome, a custom chainstitch embroidery company based in Austin, and makes linoleum block prints under the name Falconberry Prints. After learning to carve and print linoleum blocks from a friend in order to make her own album covers, she fell in love with the art form. About the process she says, "Printmaking is a dream to me due to its ancient and meditative nature, as well as its ability to convey detail while maintaining its own distinct aesthetic. I am endlessly inspired by the natural and supernatural worlds and the connections between them, and I hope to connect others to these worlds through my prints."

https://danafalconberry.tumblr.com/

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Aug
2
to Aug 4

Pop-Up Exhibition: Dana Falconberry

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In efforts to expand its mission to showcase Central Texas artists, Commerce Gallery is hosting bi-monthly pop-up exhibitions in the gallery’s main space. The curated shows will take place Friday-Sunday, every other month, with an opening party on Friday evening in coordination with Lockhart’s First Fridays events. 

Renowned musician, visual artist, and Lockhart resident Dana Falconberry will launch the pop-up exhibition series on Friday, Aug. 2 from 6-9 p.m. Additional artists will be announced later this summer.


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DANA FALCONBERRY

Dana Falconberry is an artist and musician living in Texas. She grew up dancing classical ballet and modern dance in Michigan before attending Hendrix College in Arkansas. In college she studied songwriting, which prompted her move to Austin in 2005. After touring, recording, and leading a band for over a decade, she now finds herself focused on visual art. She is currently a stitcher/designer at Fort Lonesome, a custom chainstitch embroidery company based in Austin, and makes linoleum block prints under the name Falconberry Prints. After learning to carve and print linoleum blocks from a friend in order to make her own album covers, she fell in love with the art form. About the process she says, "Printmaking is a dream to me due to its ancient and meditative nature, as well as its ability to convey detail while maintaining its own distinct aesthetic. I am endlessly inspired by the natural and supernatural worlds and the connections between them, and I hope to connect others to these worlds through my prints."

https://danafalconberry.tumblr.com/


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Jul
24
6:30 PM18:30

Commerce Gallery presents: LockhART Talks with Christopher St. Leger

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Commerce Gallery presents: LockhART Talks with Christopher St. Leger

Sponsored by First Lockhart National Bank
Wednesday, July 24th
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Complimentary appetizers and drinks provided
Limited seating available on a first come, first serve basis


Join us at Commerce Gallery on Wednesday, July 24th for our first installment of lockhART talks, an ongoing public series featuring engaging conversations about art, artists and the creative process. Each month, enjoy candid dialogue with a curated Central Texas visual artist and gain insight into their methods, tools and inspiration.

July’s featured artist is Commerce Gallery artist-in-residence Christopher St. Leger. St. Leger, a visual artist and academically trained architect, works in watercolor and oil, creating evocative vignettes inspired by buildings and their ability to balance our lives through a range of emotions. Throughout his expansive career, St. Leger has developed a distinctive artistic style influenced by his relentless wanderlust and his resounding curiosity towards the world around him.

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Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00

Sarah Arenella Performing Live

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"WITH HER SULTRY AND NOSTALGIC VOICE, SINGER SARAH ARENELLA RECALLS DECADES PAST FOR AUSTINITES SEEKING A TASTE OF THE JAZZ AGE."

-Things We Love, Tribeza Magazine

"JAZZ SINGER, SARAH ARENELLA, COOED ON THE DECK, REMINDING ME OF JULIE LONDON IN HER GOLDEN YEARS."

-Michael Barnes,  Austin American Statesman

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Jul
5
to Sep 3

Stella Alesi | Simplify

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Simplify, a new exhibition by artist Stella Alesi

Featuring new works by Stella Alesi and Resident Artist Christopher St. Leger
With music by
Sarah Arenella
Friday, July 5 / 6 - 9 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public

Please join us on Friday, July 5 at Commerce Gallery as we celebrate the opening reception of Simplify, a new exhibition from Austin artist Stella Alesi. The free event takes place from 6-9 p.m. at Commerce Gallery in Downtown Lockhart. Additional work will be showcased by Commerce Gallery resident artist Christopher St. Leger.

Simplify showcases hard-edge, minimalist abstract paintings from the celebrated Austin painter, Stella Alesi. The exhibition was created in direct opposition to our current fast-paced and visually overloaded existence. The paintings apply simple shapes and a limited palette intending to activate the viewer’s mind. With influences from minimal abstraction paintings from the 50's and 60's as well as American Northwest Indian painting, Alesi’s work introduces a unique vocabulary for the present.

Stop by, meet the artists, enjoy music from jazz vocalist Sara Arenella and complimentary refreshments.

July 5 also marks First Fridays Lockhart, a free monthly event that takes place throughout historic town square. Come explore local businesses — from restaurants to boutiques to galleries — and get to know our wonderful creative community.

www.alesiart.com/

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Jacob Wise Trio
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Jacob Wise Trio

Performing live May 3rd, 6 - 9PM

A native of Austin, Texas, Jacob Wise is a jazz guitarist with an open mind.


Jacob received his musical education at the University of North Texas, where he received an M.M. in Jazz Studies, and was a member of the renowned One O'Clock Lab Band and a Graduate Teaching Fellow. He is equally at home performing with his trio in a jazz club, playing a Broadway musical, a rock 'n roll church gig, or a wedding. He spent four years working in the show band aboard Princess Cruises, traveling the world and visiting over 30 countries.

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