Presenting Sheila Elias: Painted Pixels

May 17 – September 23, 2018 - Lowe Art Museum University of Miami.

Art has been a part of Sheila Elias’s life for as long as she can remember: at the tender age of eight year, she was so moved by a work by Henri Matisse on view at the Art Institute of Chicago that she told her Mother on the spot that she was going to attend art school there. And that is exactly what she did 2 years later! Such grit and determination has served Elias well over the course of her long and distinguished career, which has equally benefited from her restless curiosity, her enormous versatility, and her willingness to take risks. This nimbleness is reflected in the chameleon-like quality of her oeuvre, which includes sculpture, collage, drawings, photography, painting, and now painted pixels.

Horned Deity

60 x 48 Horned Deity

Elias first began making art in the digital sphere when she tired of transferring art supplies between Miami and New York in 2010. In 2010 she purchased her first Apple Ipad, treating the screen of her device like a canvas or sketchpad, she relished the creative possibilities that technologies has opened up, which have only fueled her already vast and prolific creative output. The artist notes:

“I do many sketches every day and some are related to final finished products. I produce these as scales on a piano to write the symphony or a writer writing notes for a novel. There is a great deal of freedom doing small sketches both in content and material and this allows more freedom in the final stages. I like to bring an awareness of new directions and individual inventiveness. The evolution of technology has always paralleled my work throughout its development. From the original copy machine to today’s iPad, the influence of electronics permeates my process. Through life experience, I incorporate visual, emotional, and psychological impressions and feed them into my art. My work, whether it is photography, sculpture, or paintings, has always been a visual interpretation of my internal landscape, which is significantly influenced by external landscapes. I attempt to portray a visual language that has hopefully not been spoken before”.


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Briscoe Western Art Museum Names Debbie Montford Recipient of Inaugural Dolph & Janey Briscoe Legacy Award

Debbie Montford

Debbie Montford

The Briscoe Western Art Museum on November 8 announced Debbie Montford as the recipient of the newly established Dolph & Janey Briscoe Legacy Award. This award honors an individual who has demonstrated the philanthropic spirit of the late Texas Governor and his wife through altruistic contributions and support of the Briscoe Museum and all of South Texas. Montford will be presented with the Briscoe Legacy Award during a luncheon in her honor on Wednesday, December 6 beginning at 11:30am at the Briscoe’s Jack Guenther Pavilion.

For more than 30 years, Debbie Montford has dedicated her philanthropic expertise and generous support to nonprofits across the state of Texas. Through her exceptional leadership and tenacious efforts as chairman of the board for the Briscoe Museum, Debbie was integral in the grand opening of the Museum in 2013. She is currently an advisory board member of the Briscoe, board secretary of Humanities Texas, and an advisory director of the Plum Foundation.

“The Briscoe Museum is deeply grateful for Debbie Montford’s unwavering dedication and advocacy,” said Michael Duchemin, President & CEO of the Briscoe Museum. “Her continuous philanthropic efforts and devotion to our Museum aptly embody the core values of this award.”

Debbie has served on numerous boards and has received many notable awards including the Champion of the Arts Award presented by Texas Monthly in association with Texas Women for the Arts. With a personal approach to fundraising and a deep passion for the arts, education, and the health of the San Antonio community, Debbie and her husband, John T. Montford, are often dubbed “the dynamic duo,” with a goal to raise $1 billion dollars for charity in their lifetimes.

“Debbie Montford has been a great champion of the arts. She has been a leader in creating The Tobin Center and The Briscoe Western Art Museum. San Antonio is fortunate to have Debbie Montford contributing to our community in such a dynamic and dedicated fashion,” said the Honorable Nelson W. Wolff.

Legacy Award Luncheon chairs include Jane Macon, Tracy Wolff, and Nancy Loeffler. The award itself will be presented to Debbie by her husband, John T. Montford, a former member of the Texas State Senate (District 28) and former chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. Please call 210.229.4499 or visit for sponsorship information and tickets.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients Tell Their Stories Through Art and Photography

This post is brought to you by Eisai Inc.

Breast Cancer

When most people think of breast cancer, they think of the pink movement, and often times, “beating” the cancer. A diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer (MBC), a late stage of the disease in which the cancer has spread beyond the breast, is different. There is no cure and, until recently, the number of people living with MBC in the United States was basically unknown. A new study from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates more than 150,000 people are living with metastatic breast cancer.

Although the MBC population is larger than ever before, an estimated 17 percent increase from 2000 to 2010, the implication is positive as it means people are living longer in spite of their diagnosis and sheds light on the increased need for more services and research focused on MBC.

The NCI study brings attention to a growing community of people with MBC whose meaningful lives and stories are largely unheard. To give voice to those living with MBC and bring to life the reality of living with MBC, #ThisIsMBC Serenity Project was created by METAvivor, an organization dedicated to funding research focused on the metastatic breast cancer, in partnership with Eisai Inc. #ThisIsMBC Serenity Project uses art to empower people with MBC to share their experiences, educate others about this disease and encourage donations for more MBC research.

“The metastatic community really wants to be involved in research. The more people we can educate about metastatic disease, the more money we can raise for research that will ultimately help us to live longer and better-quality lives,” said Leslie Falduto, who lives with metastatic breast cancer and participated in the project. “Participating in #ThisIsMBC Serenity Project was a very powerful moment for me. I felt confident. I felt like art. I felt good about what I was doing for my community and I felt good about myself.”

The 16 people living with MBC chosen to participate in #ThisIsMBC Serenity Project tell their stories through the powerful and artful combination of body painting and underwater photography. Created by Ren and Keith Dixon, a married couple who have both lost loved ones to metastatic breast cancer, the storytelling begins in an interview with Ren Dixon, the body painting artist. After discussing their MBC experience, Ren visually represents each person’s experiences through the use of vivid color and symbols painted directly on their body. Next, Keith Dixon captures the mood and emotion of the patient’s personal journey through underwater photography.

“It is important for women and men to see that you can live a life, a fruitful and loving life, with metastatic breast cancer,” said project participant Sheila McGlown. “I think #ThisIsMBC Serenity Project brought out the boldness in me. It allowed me to express myself and my life experiences in a way I never thought I would be able to and it made me proud — proud of being a voice for young women, proud of being a voice for African-American women, proud of being a voice for veterans and proud of being a voice for the breast cancer community.”

From July 2017 to October 2018, one patient a month will be showcased, through images and video from the photoshoot, on and METAvivor’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts (@metavivor). The images will also be featured at an art gallery reception in New York City and made into a calendar. These calendars are available for free with a donation to METAvivor, which can be made at Donations will go to METAvivor to support research specifically for metastatic breast cancer.

A fundamental component of #ThisIsMBC Serenity Project is the belief that women and men with MBC should live their lives as fully as possible and take advantage of all resources available to them. Many educational resources and helpful information about metastatic breast cancer exists at To support METAvivor’s ongoing commitment to funding MBC research, which could help those living with this disease, consider making a contribution at (BPT)

Briscoe Museum Summer Film Series: Women of the West

Free Summer Film Series Features Complimentary Popcorn and Beer; Food Truck Fare

The Briscoe Western Art Museum presents its fourth annual summer film series, Women of the West. The Western film genre has long been a man’s territory where women are relegated to the sidelines or as one-dimensional characters. These four movies feature strong female protagonists—each complex, unique, and a far cry from a damsel in distress. The film series includes local food truck fare, free popcorn, and complimentary Ranger Creek beer. The Museum remains open until 9:00pm every Tuesday, giving movie goers the chance to visit the galleries before and after each film. Admission is free. The film series is sponsored by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, the Rivard Report, and Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling.

The series kicks off with a classic film starring Joan Crawford:

Johnny Guitar (1954/NR/110 min.)
Tuesday, May 16th | 6:30pm
Strong-willed saloon-casino owner Vienna (Joan Crawford) squares off against her nemesis, the shrieking Emma Small, who wrongly blames Vienna for her brother’s death.
Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 | 6:30pm
Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Museum, 210 W. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

Upcoming Movies in the Summer Film Series:

Cat Ballou (1965/NR/96 min.)
Tuesday, June 20th | 6:30pm
This musical Western spoof tells the story of a tough schoolmarm (Jane Fonda) who becomes a gunslinger to avenge the death of her father with the help of two charming young misfits and a drunken over-the-hill gun-for-hire. 

Meek’s Cutoff (2011/PG/104 min.)
Tuesday, July 18th | 6:30pm
Set in 1845, this drama follows a group of settlers as they embark on a punishing journey along the Oregon Trail. When their guide leads them astray, the expedition is forced to contend with the unforgiving conditions on the high plain desert.

The Homesman (2014/R/122 min.)
Tuesday, August 15th | 6:30pm
Driven to madness by the harsh realities of pioneer life, three women living on the outskirts of the American frontier are rescued from certain death by a woman (Hilary Swank) who recruits a loathsome drifter (Tommy Lee Jones) to help her transport them to a safe haven in Iowa.

About The Briscoe Western Art Museum:
The Briscoe Western Art Museum, named in honor of the late Texas Governor, Dolph Briscoe, Jr. and his wife, Janey Slaughter Briscoe, preserves and presents the art, history, and culture of the American West through engaging exhibitions, educational programs, and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage. Located along the San Antonio River Walk, its campus is inclusive of the restored historic 1930s former San Antonio Public Library building which now serves as the Museum space with nine galleries on three levels; the three-story Jack Guenther Pavilion used for event rentals and programs; and the outdoor McNutt Sculpture Garden.  For more information about The Briscoe Western Art Museum, visit our website at, follow us on Twitter @BriscoeMuseum or ‘Like’ us on Facebook at

ARTBASH Twinkles Like the Stars

Written by Sandra Rascon, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Photography courtesy of Rich Merritt.

The much awaited ARTBASH 2017 at pershing hailed the start of East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) on November 11 at the pershing gallery thanks to the Art Alliance of Austin.


Twinkling like stars, white candles outlined the walkway leading toward the gallery and Pershing house. An outdoor area living room lounge was nestled next to DJ Westen Borghesi and a food table bringing the best of what happens indoors outside.

Nearby, complimentary drinks by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, 9 Banded Whiskey, Michelob Ultra, Ziegenbock, and Vitiano Wines greeted guests and enthusiasts.

The gallery exhibited some unique installations including interactive dance and site specific layered installations for a sensory rich, creative experience. Sparkling butterflies, people as art and large installations of animals and other mixed media surrounded guests.

Attendees were treated to the Pershing Home and courtyards along with a preview of the gallery designed with flow and space in mind. The impressive gallery also functioned as a exhibit for guests to mingle and partake of the overall creative ambiance.

Art aficionados delighted in reveling in the company of likeminded creatives while enjoying the well planned layout of the event space.

This event was a success prompting many guests to discuss the installations such as the exhibit displaying a white tub filled with orange flowers, a person in the tub, and phone lines running up and down the walls accompanied by telephone rings.

A number of artistically choreographed dances peppered the night. Onlookers created a circle as if enticed by the inclusive movement of the choreographs. The venue will then remain open to the public for both weekends of EAST this month.

Texas Cultural Trust Announces First Ever Charity Partnership with POP Austin International Art Show

Collector Preview Party to Benefit Innovative Arts & Digital Literacy Program

The Texas Cultural Trust and POP Austin International Art Show have joined forces to raise money for an innovative arts education program that bridges the gap between Fine Arts education and technological instruction.   As the official Charity Partner of this year’s POP Austin International Art Show, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Trust’s Arts & Digital Literacy Program, a pioneering arts and digital media curricula for high school students that establishes the connection between traditional fine arts instruction and technology. The initiative, integrates digital media into the creative classroom, giving all students the benefits of an arts rich education, while preparing them for the modern, technology-driven workplace.  The Collector Preview Benefitting the Arts & Digital Literacy Program will take place on Thursday, October 13th, at 6:00 pm, the night before POP Austin officially opens and two hours before the VIP Opening Night Party.   The event will be held at Fair Market on 1100 East 5th Street.  For tickets and information, visit

The Texas Cultural Trust and POP Austin will present a very special Collector Preview prior to the VIP Opening Night Event. Get an exclusive preview of the POP Austin International Art Show’s 2016 Exhibit and help raise vital funds for arts education:

Collector Preview Benefiting Arts & Digital Literacy

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Fair Market

1100 East 5th Street, Austin, 78702

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

VIP Opening Night Party 8:00 pm – 12:00 am

To purchase tickets, visit 

Ticket packages include tickets to the exclusive Collector Preview, as well as a Patron Pass, which includes access to the POP Austin show, October 13-16.  

“We are thrilled to partner with one of the world’s most renowned multimedia art exhibits as a way to draw attention to the  importance of arts education in our schools,” said Jennifer Ransom Rice, Executive Director of the Texas Cultural Trust.  “Guests can enjoy an exciting preview of POP Austin’s show, while learning about how the Trust is on the forefront of a new way to teach the arts through digital media.  The Arts & Digital Literacy Initiative integrates technology and the fine arts, preparing students for a 21st Century creative workforce.”

“After learning about all the Texas Cultural Trust does to protect arts and arts education funding, we are excited to introduce their work to the POP Austin audience,” said Steve Carlson, Founder and CEO of POP Austin.  “We all know that the arts are vital to both the economy and to education, but the Trust is setting a bar that every statewide organization should strive toward.  The arts and culture scene is such an important part of the fabric of this city in particular, which is why the partnership is so well-aligned.  POP Austin believes in providing a level playing field for artists on all levels, whether local or International, emerging or established. Our hope is that The Arts & Digital Literacy program will encourage today’s students to become the multimedia artists of tomorrow.”

The Trust’s own research shows that students who complete more arts classes have up to 15% higher pass rates on standardized tests than students with fewer art classes. At-risk high school students who complete more than one art class are half as likely to drop out. Arts education also improves school attendance, by attending an additional week of school each year.  High school students who complete more than one arts class are 40% more likely to enroll in post-graduation education.  Additionally, the data shows that the arts generate $5.1 billion for our state’s economy and arts education prepare our students to be key contributors to this economy in the future.

In its third year, POP Austin International Art Show will be held October 13-16, 2016. POP Austin showcases some of the world’s most talented multimedia artists, creating an experience that transcends art to become that of a conversation-starting social movement.  This internationally renowned event showcases the world’s most talented multimedia artists.  POP Austin will be held at Fair Market in the heart of vibrant East Austin’s art scene, at 1100 East 5th Street. For tickets and more information, visit

In addition to the Collector Preview, the Texas Cultural Trust will also present a “POP Talk” about the Arts & Digital Literacy Program.  Titled Digital Pioneers: How Fine Arts & Technology Merge in the Creative Classroom, this POP Talks will take place Sunday, October 16th at 12:00 pm inside Fair Market located at 1100 East 5th Street.  This is POP Austin’s popular educational and engagement series, which hosts some of today’s most influential figures in the art world.

Press Conference at the UMLAUF – September 9

Join art enthusiasts for the upcoming press conference which will be a unique way to show and tell you about our latest UMLAUF Prize exhibition which opens November 4. It’s only for 30 minutes on Friday, Sept 9 – and we promise you’ll never think of art in the same way.

Echinda Labs

You may recall Don Bacigalupi, Ph.D. and former Crystal Bridges President was the juror for this annual competition that awards a UT grad student with an exhibition at the Museum. Here is what he had to say about this year’s winner: “EchindaLabs is a complex, multi-faceted Gesamtkunstwerk by Elizabeth McClellan that reflects the extraordinary boundary-breaking creativity seen in some of today’s most advanced and cross-disciplinary art practices.”

Science and Art are intersecting. Genetic modifications have huge implications on our future. Come get a first peek at this astonishing exhibit that will blow your mind and make your skin crawl, literally.

Introduction of EchindaLabs Creator, Elizabeth McClellan and Background on UMLAUF Prize Competition

Friday, September 9, 2016 from 9:00 am – 9:30 am. Coffee and Croissants served at 8:45 am.

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee, in the Crenshaw Room.

To meet the artist behind Echinda Labs and learn more about the UMLAUF Prize competition and upcoming exhibition which runs Nov 4-Jan 29, 2017.

Nina Seely, Executive Director; Katie Robinson Edwards, Curator and Elizabeth McClellan, University of Texas MFA Graduate and UMLAUF Prize Winner

Please RSVP to or call 512-331-7755.

78704 Gallery Exhibit Opening Featuring Beili Liu

Photography Courtesy of 78704 Gallery ~ Beili Liu, Wind Drawings Series 2, Array, Sumi ink on birch panel, triptych, 60x36x1 Inches

Photography Courtesy of 78704 Gallery ~ Beili Liu, Wind Drawings Series 2, Array, Sumi ink on birch panel, triptych, 60x36x1 Inches

The 78704 Gallery will debut a new exhibit, “Ten Thousand Folds,” with internationally renowned artist Beili Liu.  To celebrate the opening of Liu’s exhibit, 78704 Gallery will be hosting a cocktail party on Thursday June 23, 2016 from 6pm-9pm to kick off the opening to the public. Ten percent of proceeds from any art sold at the reception will go to benefit Austin Child Guidance Center.

Born in Jilin, China, Beili Liu is a multidisciplinary artist whose time and process based installations explore subjects of cultural specificity and overlaps, transient or persistent energy, and conflicting and confluent forces. Liu incorporates simple materials such as; thread, paper, incense, wood, salt, and water, in her works to create microcosms of fragility and poignancy. Similar to her large-scale installation works, Liu also explores inventive processes of mark making in her two dimensional compositions, manipulating various materials to create engaging visual rhythms. The element of surprise and transformation underscores Liu’s deep-rooted appreciation of materiality. For this new exhibition at the 78704 Gallery, Liu will present several series of her two-dimensional works, which the artist refers to as “Process Drawings”.

Liu has received numerous awards and prizes, including a National Endowments for the Arts Grant specifically in support of her residency and solo exhibition “Chine” at the Museum of Southeast Texas. Liu was the lead visual artist for a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation And Collaboration Grant supported public art project “Thirst” at the Lady Bird Lake in Austin Texas. Liu has also received local awards being named “Artist of the Year”, by Austin Visual Art Association in 2009 and the Austin Critics Table Awards in 2011.  Internationally, Sacchi Review, UK named Liu’s solo exhibition “In Between” one of the “Top Ten Exhibitions in Shanghai” in 2009.

Beili Liu now lives and works in Austin, Texas. She is an Associate Professor of Art at The University of Texas at Austin.

For more information about 78704 Gallery, Beili Liu, and other artists that will be featured, visit online:


Or call at: 512-708-4678.

Texas Cultural Trust to Present 2016 Class of Texas Young Masters, ZACH Theatre, APRIL 25, 2016

Featuring performances by Tosca String Quartet, The Peterson Brothers, Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy Chorus

Special presentations by honorary chair First Lady Cecilia Abbott & Special Guest Holland Taylor

The Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) is pleased to present the 2016 Texas Young Masters event, on April 25th at ZACH Theatre with honorary chair First Lady Cecilia Abbott and special guest Holland Taylor.  The Texas Young Masters is a joint initiative with the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) awarding 8th through 11th grade students scholarship grants of $5,000 a year for two years, and recognizing artistic excellence in students across all artistic disciplines – from dance, literary arts, and media arts/film, to music, theater, musical theater, and visual arts.  Since its inception in 2002, the TCT and TCA have given 263 grants to 124 previous Young Masters, awarding $707,500 to aspiring artists from across the state. Tickets on sale soon.  For more information, visit

The 2016 Class of Texas Young Masters will be awarded at an award ceremony and star-studded concert, with an Opening Reception at 6:00 pm, and Awards Ceremony at 7:00 pm.  The Opening Reception will feature a Young Masters Lounge, complete with photo booth, signature “mock-tail,” and special performance by 2004 Young Master and violin virtuoso, Charles Yang.  Described by the Boston Globe as one who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star,” Yang started studying violin while a young child in Austin, and has gone on to international acclaim.  He will also be performing during the show, in collaboration with 2014 Young Master and Carnatic percussionist Jay Appaji.

Multi-GRAMMY award winner and Trust board member Ray Benson will emcee the Young Masters ceremony, along with Majic 95.5 afternoon drive personality Juliet Brandon.  The show will open with Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy chorus.  As the first Elementary Fine Arts Academy in Austin IDS, Blackshear used the arts to help increase enrollment by 20% and was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School.  Austin’s Tosca String Quartet will also perform during the ceremony.  Internationally known for their “Tango Nuevo” performances, the quartet has enjoyed crossover success by performing and/or recording with such artists as Arcade Fire, Spoon, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Schneider, and on the soundtrack to the arthouse classic Waking Life by Richard Linklater.  The evening will come to a close with a rousing performance by local favorites, The Peterson Brothers Band.  Thanks to inspiration from the legends of the past and present, The Brothers are helping keep the Blues alive, even with one still in high school and the other just starting college.  In addition to their ever growing list of touring dates, including a Monday night residency at Austin’s renowned Continental Club, Glenn and Alex Peterson have been honored by the Austin Chronicle Music Awards, and were twice voted the Best Band in Bastrop County, in addition to having received accolades from The Dallas Examiner and The San Antonio Express-News.

The evening will also feature performances by previous Young Masters, including: Jared Brown, 2014 Young Master in Dance; Morgan Starr,  2010 Young Master in Dance; Jay Appaji, 2014 Young Master in Music; and violinist, Charles Yang.  Honorary Chair, First Lady Cecilia Abbott will present the medals to the 2016 Class of Young Masters.  Holland Taylor, EMMY winning actress, will introduce the Young Masters in Theatre/Musical Theatre.  Taylor is currently starring in Ann, a one-woman portrait of the legendary governor of Texas, for which she has been nominated for a Tony Award.  Ann is currently running at ZACH Theatre.

The Young Masters program is made possible through the generous support of the following Program Founders:

AT&T Foundation, Anheuser Busch Foundation, Applied Materials, BNSF Railway, The Honorable David Dewhurst, Emerson Electric, Mrs. Gene Jones, Mr. George Mitchell, Mrs. W.D. Noel, Plum Foundation, Ray C. Fish Foundation, Raytheon.

Special Thanks to our Scholarship Underwriters:

Dr. and Mrs. Ernest Butler; Texas Women for the Arts; ExxonMobil; Neiman Marcus; the Scurlock Foundation; Lee Bailey, Friends of Jesùs Moroles; Dian Graves Owen Foundation, Guillermo Nicolas and Judy Robison.

For more information on the Texas Young Masters program, visit

Austin to Welcome The Salvador Dali Argillet Collection at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery November 3-28, 2015

The Russell Collection is thrilled to announce The Salvador Dali Argillet Collection showcasing works by the notorious Surrealist Salvador Dali (1904-1989) in Austin, Texas, November 3-28, 2015. Hand colored etchings, original works on paper and tapestries will be available for sale in this unique showing of art.

Christine Argillet and Dali at Lake

Christine Argillet and Dali at Lake

The Argillet Collection, brings more than 100 pieces of art by Salvador Dali, each piece has been authenticated and signed by Dali and have never before left the collection. The keeper of this esteemed assemblage, Christine Argillet will be in Austin for a reception on November 7, which is free and open to the public. She is the daughter of the prominent art collector and publisher, Pierre Argillet. His friendship and working relationship with Dali spanned more than five decades. As a child, Christine and her father spent many fascinating years interacting with the eccentric artist. The wildly imaginative Dali was legendary for his quirky antics and sometimes provocative visual images.

Exhibit runs November 3-28, 2015. Personal appearance and reception with Christine Argillet from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, November 7.

Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am – 6 pm    

Russell Collection Fine Art

1137 West 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78703 RSVP Requested: 512-478-4440 or


Dali’s name is synonymous with the Surrealist movement, a group that viewed the subconscious as a wellspring of the imagination. This remarkable circle of artists, writers, filmmakers, and theorists attempted to fuse the conscious reality with the unconscious dream state. This synthesis aimed to strip ordinary objects of their normal meanings. Putting the mundane back together in new ways forced the viewer to consider their deeper, more psychological significance.

Pierre Argillet and Salvador Dali met in 1934, and maintained a lifelong working relationship and friendship until the artist’s death in 1989. Argillet would suggest subjects for Dali to illustrate then oversee and sell a limited edition printing from the plates. The publisher led Dali in producing plates for the Hippies, Greek Mythology, poems by Apollinaire, and Goethe’s “Faust”. Dali also completed pieces for the “Venus in Fur” by Sacher Masoch, and poems by Ronsard.

Christine Argillet and Dali

Christine Argillet and Dali

Christine Argillet, who spent summer vacations with Dali and his wife Gala, remembers his mischievous pranks. “One day when I was eight years old, my father and I were waiting for Dali in his studio. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something moving. It appeared to be a floating ashtray. Then, I realized Dali had attached the ashtray to the back of a tortoise, and it was slowly crawling along.”

Watching Dali create was fascinating to young Argillet. She recounts a particularly vivid memory of the artist’s constant experimentation. “One day he found a dead octopus that had washed up on the beach. He immersed the creature in acid and pressed it directly on a copper plate.” Later, he elaborated on this image to create his striking “Medusa”. “Even though I couldn’t understand all the artistic implications as a child,” explains Argillet, “I could recognize that spirit of creativity. It was an education for all my life in terms of freedom.”

Argillet recalled Dali’s hijinks involving his antenna-like moustache. He would pick mysterious herbs from the hillside by his home in Spain, and then mix them with his grooming cologne. To the young girl’s amazement, by applying the potion to his moustache, the hairs would begin to wave back and forth. To this day, Argillet still doesn’t know if the trick was real or a chemical reaction. “With Dali,” said Christine, “everything was strange and possible. He was working magic all the time.”

 The Russell Collection is excited to announce The Salvador Dali Argillet Collectionin Austin, Texas, November 3-28, 2015. Christine Argillet is the daughter of the prominent art collector and publisher, Pierre Argillet. His friendship and working relationship with Dali spanned five decades. Dali’s fascinating creations from the 1960s will be on display and available for acquisition. Free to the public.

Personal appearance and reception with Christine Argillet from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, November 7. Please RSVP at 512-478-4440 or Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery, 1137 West 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78703.