By night, Laguna Gloria is just as magical as it is by day. The festoon lighting along the wooded paths imparts a beautiful soft glow, our nocturnal animal and insect friends fill the atmosphere with their lovely sounds and lit-up sculptures add their own ambience throughout these special grounds. This month, we are inspired by the luminous works of art that stand out both day and night. Artists Ursula Von Rydingsvard, Jessica Stockholder, Terry Allen and artist duo Hubbard / Birchler all use light as an important component of their artworks, (and sculptures by each can be found on our grounds). At this month’s Second Saturday event, we invite you to come make your own homemade lantern with us and create the warm ambience that lighting can impart for your own special space!
Come weave with us! In collaboration with Second Saturday’s are for Families, we’re happy to welcome back Mindful Weaving! creators Alyssa LeLeux and Arohi Ranade. The duo first created this collaborative community art project for The Blanton Museum of Art’s Meredith Lounge, to engage with people of all ages through the freeing simplicity and soothing repetition of weaving yarn. Mindful Weaving promotes stress reduction and mindful relaxation and has the power to bring communities together through the therapeutic properties of art. This program will be the first time Mindful Weaving has been active in over three years. The artists look forward to weaving with you soon. All levels welcome!
About the Artists:
Alyssa LeLeux is a current MA Art Education candidate in the Community track at the University of Texas at Austin and received a BFA in Visual Art Studies from UT Austin in May 2020. She primarily creates oil paintings, wood sculptures, and a variety of prints including her favorite, serigraph printing. During her studies, she has developed a passion for community engagement, participation, art therapy, mindfulness, resilience, and the theme of memory. In 2018, LeLeux ran and created the community and collaborative art project, Mindful Weaving at the Blanton Museum of Art. She currently works at The Contemporary Austin in the education department teaching K-12 grade school programs and pursuing the creation of free public art programs.
Arohi Ranade graduated in 2020 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a B.A. in Studio Art from UT Austin. As a student, they experimented with kinetic sculpture, participatory art, and new media. Currently, they live and work in Houston, TX. Their current art practice involves painting on top of their photomontage series and blending analog and digital mediums. In their spare time, they make up-cycled clothing, digital collages, hand-woven tapestries, and AI-generated video art.
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