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Gallery 5619 Re-launches with exhibition curated by Shea Little

Haute Helping Hands (detail) by Clarke Curtis, 2010

Haute Helping Hands (detail) by Clarke Curtis, 2010

Congregated
Gallery 5619
April 10 through May 14, 2010

Gallery 5619, part of Mosaic Austin, is pleased to announce the re-launch of its space with the opening of Congregated, an exhibition curated by Shea Little, on view April 10 – May 14, 2010. Originally founded in 2007, the gallery has recently undergone extensive physical and programmatic changes to better position itself as a relevant and leading exhibition space. Mosaic pastor Don Vanderslice states, “We are extremely proud to re-launch Gallery 5619 as a first-rate space for Austin artists and beyond. Our first effort, curated by Shea Little, is the beginning of a new exhibition schedule that will firmly establish us as a gallery committed to serving the artistic and spiritual needs of our community.”

The inaugural exhibition for the re-launch is entitled Congregated and features artists Clarke Curtis, Heidi Landau and Andy St Martin. Guest-curated by artist Shea Little (co-founder of the E.A.S.T. Tour, The Texas Biennial and Cantanker Magazine) the show investigates the notion of collecting – ideas, memories, physical objects, smells, and emotions- all of which combine and congregate into a visual vocabulary from which each artist draws. These three artists create work with different stylistic intentions, but all are connected through their similar methods of amassing and arranging individual symbols to illuminate artistic ideas.

Clarke Curtis collects and re-contextualizes images from our culture, and indeed from his own work, to create odd juxtapositions and interactions – often narratives with animals or inanimate objects. Heidi Landau draws from lasting or impressionable memories, old photographs, and ephemera to breathe new life into faded stories and remnants of the past. St. Martin, a long-time Austin artist, works with an array of symbols and shapes to create patterns that initially appear abstract, but upon closer examination, infer a more representational slant.

Congregated will open with a reception on Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 7-10 p.m. Free beer provided by St. Arnold’s Brewery, and live music by Maps in Latin. Gallery 5619 is located at 5619 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751. Call 512-751-2360 for gallery hours or visit www.gallery5619.org for additional details.

Future exhibitions at Gallery 5619 will be developed by the gallery’s team and also through the solicitation of proposals from artists and curators.

About Gallery 5619

Gallery 5619 was originally founded in 2007 as part of Mosaic Austin, and will re-launch in April 2010 as one of Austin’s leading alternative spaces for art and artists. Mosaic believes that artistic expression is a natural extension of being created in the image of a wildly creative God. The vision of Gallery 5619 is to provide a space for these gifts to be shared and received.

About Mosaic

Mosaic Austin is a community of believers and seekers with diverse backgrounds and personalities drawn together by the grace and love of Jesus. We are not a “church” in the way our culture has defined it. Our community is more like a family. A family with members who have an intimate relationship with God, others who desire to know God better and still others who are only beginning the journey. Some are musicians. Some are writers. Some are students. Some are artists. Some are computer programmers. Some are retail clerks. Church is a people – it’s who we are. You don’t go to church; you’re a part of the church. As a family we naturally spend time together – meals, movies, coffee, work, prayer. But we all gather on Sunday nights to participate in shared liturgy. We sing, create, hang out, tell stories, talk about life and talk about God. We’d love to have you join us sometime.

Haute Helping Hands (detail) by Clarke Curtis, 2010

Haute Helping Hands (detail) by Clarke Curtis, 2010

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