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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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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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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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
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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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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