Closing Artspoken Gallery and Studios

Artspoken Gallery

This is the short to medium version….

I  opened Artspoken Gallery and Studios in 2005 in response to losing my studio space and gallery representation because of a fire at the Guadaloupe Art Center and Vin Gallery in downtown Austin. I just needed a space to work in a cultivating environment and I knew others did too. Some of the original goals of the gallery were to provide original artwork, open art space, and professional studios for Austin artists and art lovers. In short, Artspoken Gallery and Studios evolved into a flourishing show space and artist community due to the effort and heart of many.

As many of you know, Artspoken Gallery and Studios turned into a full co-op last September.  I was overwhelmed with the business side of things and starting to have less and less energy for my artwork. The resident artists including Valerie Walden and Jan Knox were excited to help out. Special thanks to resident artist, Rebecca Bennett for managing the gallery for the last year. In January, I moved to Juneau while the gallery continued to function as a professional artist collective.

Knowing that long distant gallery ownership was not in my cards, the artists in the co-op decided to keep the spirit of Artspoken Gallery alive and move into a new location. Their new name is Austin Artspace, which opens in November. I’m so excited for all of them and I hope you will all continue to support them as they strive to enhance Austin’s art scene!

For more information on Austin Artspace you can visit

And yes, I will miss it… the resident artists, the displaying artists, the patrons, the landlord, the neighbors, Bob the cat, my fight with the flower bed, the beautiful light in each studio, the stir of an opening, the inviting atmosphere, the blossoms on some unknown tree in the parking lot… I even got married there.  I am thankful for the opportunities the gallery provided and the replenishment and growth that took place in my life during its duration. And yes, I am relieved. Some things burn in your heart to do and some things only burn in your heart to start. In the 3 years of the gallery, I never really felt like the owner. I always felt like it was given to me just to hold for a time.

The Original SignThe Original Sign

12 Buy Reception

One of the first 12 Buy shows

Bob the CatAnd of course, Bob the Cat


Invitation to Five

Opening reception November 2, 2007

Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays (Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17) 12-4 pm or by appointment

Artspoken Gallery and Studios

1507 W. Koenig Ln

Austin, TX 78756

512 589-2905

Exhibit Title



FIVE  artists, five distinct styles, five stories, five women strong.   Rebecca Bennett,

Cecilia Colome, Amy Lindsay-Joynt, Karen Harton, and Allison Young each are inspired by the natural world, their depictions unique and sure to provoke thought. Exhibit runs

November 2-17 , 2007 at Artspoken Gallery and Studios.  1507 W. Koenig Ln. Austin, TX 78756   512 589-2905  Fridays and Saturdays 12-4pm or by appointment. for more information.

Artists Statements:

Rebecca Bennett:

“Using the sensual qualities of oil, I create layered abstractions   which explore the dynamics of color, line, and texture. The viewer is encouraged by their abstraction to interpret their experience of the work rather than the work itself.

My work is born of a manipulation of oil paint while the canvas lies on a flat, horizontal surface.  I use brushes, palette knife, and/or mineral spirits to move the color. The paint and oil create jewels of sensual, layered, vibrant, color which move on the canvas.  Using viscous liquid mediums allows me to explore this movement and fluidity.

Recently, I have enjoyed incorporating the horizon line.  What emerges is a piece that is abstract but recalls the landscape.

My process is one in which the artist and the paint are equal partners negotiating the surface of the canvas as if the paint had animate qualities.”

Cecilia Colome:

“As a young adult I had a very hard time deciding which path to take.

I was basically interested in all the sciences and all the arts, and I still am. I decided to try to learn from all of them, as much I as could.

I decided that it was worth to attempt a dual life, maybe a triple or multiple lives. I don’t regret it.

My primary media are oil on canvas, gouache on paper, and intaglio. My favorites subjects are the human form, interiors, landscapes, and still life. Independently of the subject, I try to create “moody” paintings. I always hope that these moody paintings will have a soothing effect on the viewer.”

Amy Lindsay-Joynt:

“ Most simply put, my paintings are “landscape narratives.” For me each painting is a journey in the search for something sublime. It is that ability for art to touch us in ways that transcends rational thought that inspires me.

The series began as a way to refine my imagery and define my direction. That meant going back to the fundamentals: drawing with charcoal on a white surface, and relying on what I know and not what is in front of me for imagery. I had intended for the drawings to be studies for paintings, but they seemed to take on a life of their own. So I kept pushing the black and white. The forgiving nature of the charcoal gave me unlimited freedom for developing a vocabulary of marks and images.
I also used water, brushes, sand paper, erasers, whatever was handy. What I found was that the images began to reveal themselves to me similar to looking at clouds and the shapes become animals. So that the “image” is born of the “paint” so to speak. From that point the journey begins until it starts to resonate and I’ve reached a balance of just enough information, but not too much.”

Karen Harton:

Karen Harton, a local Austin artist since 2001, “ continues to explore the relationship between abstract and representational languages within her oil on canvas and acrylic fresco on marble dust panel series. These, often large abstracts are described as contemplative, contemporary, dynamic, and sensual. Each of her images depicts a section of something she considers “innate”: a plant, animal, person, or piece of land. Using traditional oil painting techniques, Karen concentrates on the object’s color, line, and texture. “The natural object creates boundaries on my subjectivity. This becomes the process for each piece,” states Harton. A similar approach to nature and object is noted in her marble dust paintings. She also incorporates subtle writing that is often rubbed out. “The color and line soak into the surface until lifted or covered,” describes Harton. Both mediums lend to unique, yet familiar descriptions of nature.”

Allison Young:

“I am a sculptor but do not have a typical medium that I work with.  I let my subject matter inform the material and therefore have worked in everything from fiberglass and resin to wood and fibers.

My work most often draws influence from the natural world providing impressions of unknown plant-life or microscopic structures.  While seemingly mysterious, these forms are vaguely familiar, quietly reminiscent of identifiable objects.  Internal anatomy, sea life, and cell structures all lend themselves as inspiration to and can be detected in my work.  My goal is to draw attention to and reference imagery that exists in our everyday lives but is often overlooked.”

Contact:  Rebecca Bennett

Telephone number: 512 923-0158

Email address:

1507 W. Koenig Ln

Austin, TX 78756

512 589-2905