UPCOMING | NOVEMBER 12 - DECEMBER 27, 2020
JEANNETTE MACDOUGALL + MIKE MARTIN
JEANNETTE MACDOUGALL | Boerne, Texas
MIKE MARTIN | Comfort, Texas
Deeply Rooted is a collaborative exhibition of etched encaustic botanicals by Jeannette MacDougall and collagraph prints by Mike Martin. The artists have reached deep into their respective familial soils and uprooted personal stories symbolically grafted onto finely illustrated branches, roots and trees. Through processes of layering, imprinting and excavation, MacDougall and Martin weave together private and universal iconography that invites the viewer to contemplate their own personal growth and roots.
Exhibition Dates | November 12 – December 27, 2020
Opening Reception | Saturday, November 14 – 1:00pm to 5:00pm
View Artist Profile for Jeannette MacDougall
View Artist Profile for Mike Martin
CURRENT | SEPTEMBER 17 - NOVEMBER 8, 2020
CURIOUS CUTTINGS & REBELLIOUS RHIZOMES
CARRA GARZA + TRACY LYNCH
Two artists turn to the natural world to find solace and resilience, employing lens-based interpretations and solar printing methods of their flora familiars. In a time when many are tuned constantly to the current trials of the modern world, Garza and Lynch rebel gloriously by focusing on the undeterred plant life nurturing us even as we struggle within our own species.
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
- John Muir
Exhibition Dates | September 18 – October 25, 2020
The Comfort Art Festival | Saturday, September 19 – 10:00am to 4:00pm (health and safety permitting)
Opening Reception | Sunday, September 20 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm (physical and/or virtual; health and safety permitting)
PAST | ONLINE EXHIBITION | APRIL 2 - MAY 31, 2020
APRIL DRESSED IN ALL ITS TRIM
AN ONLINE GROUP EXHIBITION OF ARTWORK EXPLORING THE LYRICISM AND LONGING OF SHAKESPEARE'S SONNET 98
PAULA OWEN, guest curator
PAULA OWEN, guest curator
PAST | 03/11/20 - 03/29/20
A SOLO EXHIBITION / EVENING OF ART+MUSIC
Join us for an evening of art and music as we present WALTER SALAS-HUMARA's solo exhibition on Saturday March 14th.
Walter's whimsical, dream-like horses are sure to capture the imagination of all ages. Ranging from palm-sized to several feat, his colorful herd realizes the emotions of the artist. In his own words: “I do not literally paint the horse, but the emotion it produces upon me...The shapes and hues assert themselves and interact with one another, as if in conversation.”
Come join in conversation with Walter and his horses from 4pm-7pm on Saturday 14th March with a concert following from 7pm-9pm.
Exhibition Dates | March 11 - 29, 2020
Artist Reception | Saturday, March 14, 4-7pm
House Concert w/ Walter and Friends | Saturday, March 14, 7-9pm
View Artist Profile for Walter Salas-Humara
FOLLOWED BY | 04/01/20 - 05/31/20
APRIL DRESSED IN ALL ITS TRIM
A GROUP EXHIBITION OF ARTWORK EXPLORING THE LYRICISM AND LONGING IN SHAKESPEARE'S SONNET 98
with guest curator PAULA OWEN
PAST | 10/09/19 - 11/10/19
WORKS ON PAPER
CARA HINES | CHRISTINA NOUVEAU | CONAN CHADBOURNE | DANA FALCONBERRY | DANVILLE CHADBOURNE | JEANNETTE MACDOUGALL | MARK PEAVY | MICHELLE TRAHAN-CARSON | NAOMI SHIHAB NYE | ROSE HARMS
Please join us for an opening reception for the new group exhibition, WORKS ON PAPER.
Paper is tactile and ancient. It is a renewable resource and harkens back to a time before technology when we worked directly with our hands with available natural resources.
WORKS ON PAPER exhibits the broad diversity of media and techniques artists use to work on this surface, used both as studies for creations in other media and as finished works of art. This encompasses collage, prints, watercolor and acrylic paintings, drawings, photographs, encaustic monotypes, as well as handmade artist books incorporating handmade papers and handwritten or printed text.
Michelle Trahan Carson
Naomi Shihab Nye
Exhibition Dates | October 9 - November 10
Reception | Saturday, October 19, 5-8 pm
During Comfort Harvest Fest
PAST | 09/04/19 - 10/06/19
BETWEEN TIME AND PLACE
2019 FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA
Relationships with the ancient and recent past are explored in the photographs by Trish Simonite and Richard Nitschke. The landscape beneath the surface reveals something mysterious yet familiar between layers of color and texture. The work has both personal and universal meaning that cannot be known in a single snapshot.
These images invite consideration to sift through BETWEEN TIME AND PLACE.
As part of the 2019 Fotoseptiembre USA International Photography Festival, Studio Comfort is featuring work by Richard Nitschke and Trish Simonite in an exhibition of fine art photography entitled BETWEEN TIME AND PLACE.
Exhibited concurrently will be photographs and books by renowned Hill Country photographer, David K. Langford.
The artists and their exhibit will also be part of the 7th Annual Comfort Art Festival. Stop by the gallery to meet them, and join us for artist talks in the afternoon.
Exhibition Dates | September 4-October 4
Reception | Saturday, September 7, 3-7pm
Artist Talks - Comfort Art Festival | Saturday, September 21, 1-3pm
View artist profile for Richard Nitschke
View artist profile for Trish Simonite
View artist profile for David K. Langford
PAST | 07/17/19 - 09/01/19
SUMMER '19 EXHIBITION
SUMMER '19 is a collection of paintings that celebrates color, living more of our lives outdoors, and the simple pleasures found in the small moments of summertime, when hopefully we have a little more time on our hands.
KENNY JONES *
MARK PEAVY *
POLLY JONES *
* artists new to Studio Comfort
Exhibition Dates | July 17 - Sept 1, 2019
Open House / Closing Reception | Sat, Aug 31 – 1PM to 4PM
PAST | 05/30/19 - 07/14/19
CARA HINES | JEANNETTE MACDOUGALL
Working with beeswax is a sensual experience combining fragrance, translucence, embedding and scraping away, “burning in” the layers of wax and pigment and object. It is this process of melting wax that requires heat and fire, that transforms material into ethereal. It is an offering up of reverence for our co-creators the honey bees, and of appreciation for the acts of creation and transformation that are these encaustic paintings.
Cara Hines is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in Interior Design and minors in Business and Architecture. She is an abstract artist who works primarily in mixed media and encaustics. She has wide ranging experience in various capacities of the design and art worlds including project management, sales and marketing, showroom and gallery management, and art instruction.
Jeannette is a graduate of Parsons School of Art in NYC and has been an instructor at Southwest School of Art in San Antonio for over 30 years. She is highly accomplished in drawing and painting, and her artwork is widely collected. As a professional artist and art educator, she finds great inspiration and joy in sharing her methods and experiences with those ready to tap into their own dreams of self-expression through art exploration.
Exhibition Dates | May 30 - July 14
Opening Reception | Saturday, June 8 – 3-6pm
PAST | 05/01/19 - 05/26/19
TWO LOCAL GUYS
DENNIS REINKE | MIKE MARTIN
You might have seen Dennis Reinke and Mike Martin around Comfort painting the people, places, and vistas of the town and surrounding Hill Country. We are honored to feature works by these TWO LOCAL GUYS who many of us are fortunate to call friend or neighbor.
Mike was born in Houston, Texas in 1956. He was a Scholarship student at Hill Country Arts Foundation in 1970 and continued his art education at Texas Tech University. He painted under the tutelage of Clay McGaughy, Buck Schwietz, and Herb Mears, as well as other prominent Texas artists, and is currently studying with master artist Holly White-Gehrt. In 1981 Mike joined the Lubbock Police Academy, which led to a career in forensic art and composite drawing. His images helped lead to the capture of numerous criminals. After retiring, Mike began plein air painting and building his own pochade boxes. He loves to paint among the peaceful landscapes of Texas--the people, structures, or scenery of the place. Mike now lives in Comfort and paints the local historical homes and buildings of the town.
Originally from South Bend, Indiana, Dennis has spent most of his years from 1970 until 2013 in Colorado, mostly in Loveland and then in Estes Park. He has brought the discipline of his Masonry and Architecture background into his art profession while raising his family. Delving into stone and bronze sculpture along with painting seemed quite natural. Along the way, Dennis was mentored by many fine Artists such as Clyde Aspevig, Fritz White and George Lundeen. For years his focus has been “Painting the Scenes You Love” creating paintings that celebrate the people and special things in their lives. Eventually Dennis and his wife Nancy left the cold and moved to Boerne, Texas, just a short drive from his Studio at “Gatherings on High” in Comfort. Soon they will leave us to move to Coleman, Texas. Join us to wish them well.
Exhibition Dates | May 1 - May 19...extended through May 26
Two Local Guys: Open House | Sunday, May 5 – 1PM to 4PM
Two Local Guys: Reception | Friday, May 17 – 4PM to 6PM
PAST | 03/13/19 - 04/28/19
SCTX DEBUT EXHIBITION
We are pleased to announce our SCTX Debut Exhibition and Gallery Debut Reception featuring select works by our thirteen visual artists and poet.
SCTX Debut Exhibition runs from Wednesday, March 13, through Sunday, April 28. You are invited to join the celebrations during the Opening Reception on Saturday, March 16, from 3:00PM to 7:00PM, followed by an after party with live music from 7:00PM to 9:00PM.
Music for the after party will be provided by two of our artists—Dana Falconberry and Walter Salas-Humara. The event will be held inside the gallery and the adjacent gardens, so dress to relax in the presence of art, friends, and the outdoors.
There will also be a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Comfort Chamber of Commerce on Friday, March 15, at 5:00PM.
SCTX Debut Exhibition | March 13 – April 28
Comfort Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting | Friday, March 15 – 5PM
SCTX Debut Opening Reception | Saturday, March 16 – 3PM to 7PM
SCTX Debut After Party | Saturday, March 16 – 7PM to 9PM