Join Our Evolution at Art.Science.Gallery. !

Dear biocreativity readers,

I just wanted to let you know that biocreativity’s partner gallery – Art.Science.Gallery. in Austin, TX – has just launched an exciting crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo.com to help us evolve from being a pop-up gallery to a brick-and-mortar gallery! As you probably know, Art.Science.Gallery. is the direct descendent of the biocreativity blog. I decided to open an art gallery that exclusively features science-related art after meeting many of our talented Eco Art + Science Series artists and seeing the amazing work they create! There are a whole lot of science artists out there who need more places to show their work, and thus Art.Science.Gallery. was born! Art is also a great way to get people of all backgrounds interested in the sciences, and we hope our gallery will help increase science literacy by exhibiting science art and by hosting workshops for scientists in science communication and fun art-sci classes for everyone!

Making art-science trading cards at Art.Science.Gallery.'s Join Our Evolution Kick-Off Party + Art-Sci Jam at Strange Brew Lounge Side in Austin, TX.

Making art-science trading cards at Art.Science.Gallery.’s Join Our Evolution Kick-Off Party + Art-Sci Jam at Strange Brew Lounge Side in Austin, TX.

In the past year we’ve hosted more than a half dozen exhibitions and events around Texas in collaboration with universities, museums, scientific organizations, non-profits and even churches,  and we’re on to the next step in our evolution: our own brick-and-mortar space that will allow us to expand our programs.

I invite you all to Join Our Evolution and help our gallery evolve into a community space that promotes art-science fusion of all kinds! A contribution at any level will get your name incorporated into a unique work of science-art that will be on permanent display in our gallery space (+ your name on our website). Other thank-you packages start at only $10! Even if you can’t contribute financially, please help us get the word out by sharing our campaign with friends, family and colleagues via email, social media, or by making a comment on our campaign site: artsciencegallery.com/evolve! We promise to get back to creating great biocreative posts when we’re settled into our new space – and thank you so much for your readership and support of this blog for the past couple of years! You’re fantastic!

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Art From the Ashes Benefits the Bastrop Lost Pines

Hello Everyone! After a sort of crazy month buying our first house, packing, finishing some pottery for the show I’m about to tell you about while packing up the house, traveling internationally and moving (tomorrow!), I’m a little down to the wire in announcing my total excitement about the Art From The Ashes (AFTA) benefit for the Lost Pines Recovery Team of Bastrop, Texas which opens tomorrow in Austin! I wrote about the Bastrop County Complex fires a couple of times last fall (click to read my original posts, The Art of Fire and AFTA Goes To Texas), which got me in touch with the amazing creative team at AFTA. I’ve had a great time collaborating with Joy, Stacy and Nina to curate an art-science exhibit that will be displayed within the exhibition space.

I also had a blast creating a piece of pottery for the show (special thanks to Roxanne Hernandez  of the Lost Pines Recovery Team for helping me get my piece fired when all of my pottery equipment was packed away!), which you can view – along with art from over 70 Texas artists – at the show’s opening tomorrow, Saturday April 28, 2012 from 6-10pm at the Starr Building at 121 W. 6th Street (beween Congress and Colorado) in Austin, Texas. Gallery hours are 12-7pm until May 5th. There are several special events scheduled (details below) and all donations and proceeds from art sales will benefit the Lost Pines Recovery Team, a multi-faceted organization dedicated to reforesting and recovering the Lost Pines ecosystem of Bastrop, Texas. Not in Austin or can’t make it to the show? Dont’ worry – you can still donate to this wonderful cause by clicking here!

The AFTA show has already garnered some great press in AustinistAustin Chronicle and AltSounds. You can also see a TV spot this morning on local Fox Austin (channel 7.1) featuring Joy and some of the AFTA artists!

ART from the ashes Benefit Exhibition
April 28th – May 5th Austin, TX

Starr Building
121 W. Sixth Street (between Colorado and Congress)
Austin, TX

The exhibition will showcase over 70 works of art donated by Texas based artists and ART from the ashes. In AFTA’s spirit of “Support. Inspire. Create. Renew,” works featured will incorporate materials salvaged from fire site locations in Bastrop County. This diverse spectrum of mediums will be further enhanced with the inclusion of a video installation of “Lost in the Flames” filmed by Andrew Shapter in Bastrop County, TX during September 2011, a unique art-science exhibit that will explore the creative ways in which artists have depicted fire ecology through the ages; and “Works On Wood” an installation created by Bastrop County’s youth utilizing reclaimed Loblolly pine. Proceeds support the efforts of the Lost Pines Recovery Team.

Contributing Artists: Leon Alesi, Stella Alesi, Bale Creek Allen, Peggy Anderson-Mapes, Jill Bedgood, Joan Bohls, Susi Brister, Debra Broz, Max Butler, Monique Capanelli, Stacy Conde, Shannon Curfman, Edgar Diaz, Laura Dugan, David Dunham, Cassandra Emswiler, Joy Feuer, Mary Fischer, Brooke Gassiot, Hayley Gillespie, Leah Godfrey, Joshua Goode, Louis Greco, Jesse Hartman, William Heath, Roxanne Hernandez, Melanie Hickerson, Peggy Jo Hilburn, Jessie Johnson, Pat Johnson, Kelly Johnston, Mona Kasra, Chris Klink, Surin Maryn Vesoett, Jon Langford, Suzanne Lewis, Shea Little, Keith Lorcher, Carol Lyon, Peter Mangan, Revi Meicler, Paul Meyer, Aaron Michalovic, Raina Michalovic, Marjorie Moore, Kandra Niagra, Amanda Overton, Jamie Panzer, Carol Schumacher, Brian Phillips, Randall Reid, Karol Rice, Rebecca Roberts, Debbie Sager, Barbara Samuelson, Nina Savill, Russell Smith, Sharon Smith, Jessica Stone, Lisa Studier, Kenny Trice, W. Tucker, Wendy Wight, Jon Windham, Michael Yates

OPENING RECEPTION
SATURDAY APRIL 28TH

6-10 p.m.
Suggested donation $30
includes sips, bites and entertainment by the Aiana String Quartet

GALLERY HOURS
APRIL 29TH – MAY 5TH

Noon – 7p.m.

SPECIAL EVENT PROGRAMMING

SUNDAY APRIL 29th
3-5p.m.
Suggested Donation $10
Join us for an afternoon of Texas bluegrass music performed by The Lost Pines, one of the fastest groups on the Austin music scene.
Refreshments provided.

WEDNESDAY MAY 2nd
Art & Fire Ecology Panel Discussion
6:30-9p.m.
Suggested Donation $10
Join ecologist and artist Dr. Hayley Gillespie as she discusses fire ecology and how it has been depicted in the arts through the ages. Come and learn more about the ecology of the Lost Pines of Bastrop County, the native species that live there and how Bastrop County Complex Fires may affect endangered species. Arrive early to meet a real, live endangered Houston Toad (courtesy of Rachel Rommel of the Houston Zoo). Panel discussion to include Mike Forstner (Professor of Biology, Texas State University), Christina Andruk (PhD Candidate Ecology, Evolution & Behavior, University of Texas, Austin) and Meredith Longoria (Biologist, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department), Greg Creacy (Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept, Natural Resources & Fire Coordinator for State Parks)

SATURDAY MAY 5th 3-4 p.m. Suggested Donation $10
Performance by the Peterson Brothers Band. The Peterson Brothers combine the classic blues sounds of legends with their own unique blend of soul-infused inspiration.

Proceeds from all programming support the Lost Pines Recovery Team’s restoration efforts of the Lost Pines Region of Bastrop County, TX.

The Spring 2012 benefit to support the restoration of Bastrop County’s Lost Pines Region, will mark ART from the ashes’ sixth benefit exhibition since its inception in 2007.

Biocreativity on the Road: Bacteria Art at SXSW

For anyone in Austin for SXSW, you really shouldn’t miss a very biocreative event happening tonight, from 5-9pm at The White Horse at 500 Comal.

Join the folks of bacterially.org as they exhibit some of their synthetic biology design work and help us get to know our microbiomes. They will also be offering you the chance to swab from your own living ecosystem and contribute to their digital art project! Meet and mingle with some amazing synthetic biologists and designers. You’ll be able to see your anonymous contribution to this work on bacterially.org within a couple of weeks. It’s a great chance to learn about your biology and have fun doing it! Some of the folks from Synthetic Aesthetics will likely be there.

 “We are fascinated by how microbes work together with one another and with the human body to produce chemicals and odors, and we explore these ecosystems as artists and as scientists, dissecting and analyzing as well as synthesizing and re-creating.” – Bacterially.org

Also on display at the event — E. chromi – a collaboration between designers and scientists in the new field of synthetic biology. In 2009, seven Cambridge University undergraduates spent the summer genetically engineering bacteria to secrete a variety of coloured pigments, visible to the naked eye. They designed standardised sequences of DNA, known as BioBricks, and inserted them into E. coli bacteria.

Each BioBrick part contains genes selected from existing organisms spanning the living kingdoms, enabling the bacteria to produce a colour: red, yellow, green, blue, brown or violet. By combining these with other BioBricks, bacteria could be programmed to do useful things, such as indicate whether drinking water is safe by turning red if they sense a toxin. E. chromi won the Grand Prize at the 2009 International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM).

Read more at Joe Hanson’s blog www.itsokaytobesmart.com. Many of the Austin Science Communicators will be there (including the folks from Austin’s Science in the Pub) and we invite you to join us for this and future events via our facebook page.

Darwin Day is February 12th!

I’m really excited to announce that the biocreativity blog will have a booth at the upcoming (and free!) Darwin Day celebration at the Texas Memorial Museum in Austin, Texas on Sunday February 12, 2012 from 1:00-4:45pm! Darwin Day is a day of science and reason held in celebration of the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809. Stop by the booth where you’ll have a chance to help create a giant portrait of Darwin by collaging images of the great diversity of life on Earth onto the great biologist’s profile!

Charles Darwin. Copy by John Collier, 1883. Oil on canvas. © National Portrait Gallery, London

The biocreativity booth will be right next to my fellows from Science Under The Stars - a public outreach lecture series organized by University of Texas graduate students in Ecology, Evolution & Behavior and hosted at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory. Evolutionary biologist Emily Jane McTavish (and recent Science Under The Stars speaker) will also be giving a fascinating talk about the evolution of Texas Longhorn cattle at 3pm!

Many thanks to the Texas Natural Science Center and the Texas Memorial Museum, particularly Christina Cid, for making this possible! I’ll post photos – and the final portrait – along with a fun tour through portraits of Charles Darwin by other artists after the event!