Musings, Writings, & Incantations
July 17th, 2020
THE SECOND EDITION NOW AVAILABLE
Orders are currently being taken for the signed second edition of 44 scarves.
Printed by the French company ANNE TOURAINE

The second edition of 44 Hope Suite silk scarves just arrived! I am now signing and numbering each one, and we will be shipping out the ones already purchased.  Be sure to get your order in for one of these limited-edition originals of wearable art. For now, I am keeping the price at the original $244. Each displays--in vivid color--all 44 images of this masterwork in 44 languages for the word “hope.” They are printed on 19-1/2 in. x 72 in. habutai silk and hand hemmed. Enjoy owning a unique work of art, and wrap yourself in hope. Lord knows, we need all we can get, these days. Click HERE to order

NEW BRAND
The new sign on the front of my gallery is:

After operating for over two years as Texas Arthouse Contemporary Gallery, I decided to rebrand under my own name. For fifty years, I have carried that name through several arts institutions, organizations, and businesses, and now present it as my identity in this new phase of my career.

 

I will continue to exhibit exceptional contemporary art, with a greater focus on my own art, as well as limited-edition prints from my growing Flatbed Press collection. Currently, I am open by appointment, and to parties of two, with careful social distancing.

 

So, come have a look at my collection of works by artists from around the world. Visitors always find the spirit of the place to be charming and friendly, love the ability to examine my collection of art books, and explore my personal studio, “where the magic happens.”  

RECENT PRESS

There is a new article about me and my work in The Texas Wildflower online magazine (June, 2020). Written by Boston artist and writer Andrew Keys Pepper, it surveys my experience as an artist in the Hill Country, and my advise for young artists. See it HERE

NEW PRINTMAKING STUDIO:   Smith & Tully

I have partnered with my next-door neighbors—Kevin Tully and Amanda Smith--to open Smith & Tully, a printmaking studio. Initially focusing on polymer photogravure, the open shop will also include monotype and relief printing. Workshops for all of these techniques, as well as others, are conducted for all levels of printmakers. Our new Takach intaglio press and exposure unit are located in the adjacent A Smith Gallery studios, with pre-press and post-press work done in my adjacent studios. Stay tuned for info about upcoming workshops.

THE HOPE SUITE

My Hope Suite—a series of 44 mixed-media works on paper—continues to gain attention. It is currently being considered for the permanent collection of a major American art museum; stay tuned for future announcements about that. Meanwhile, you can see the suite here on this website, along with my video interview about its creation. Archival prints of the works are available, along with the Hope Scarf, a limited-edition print of all 44 colorful works on hand-hemmed habutai silk. Orders are currently being taken for the signed second edition of 44 scarves.  

Photo by Mary Claire Moloney, 2020
UPCOMING ARTIST RESIDENCY

An exciting new artist residency is being planned, to be located in the LBJ National Historic Park in Stonewall, adjacent to the former President’s “Western Whitehouse”.

I am currently doing research and development for the project, which we plan to open in 2023. Situated in a restored, historic home place, the stunning site is on the Pedernales River, and will inspire countless numbers of resident artists of various types. 

©2020 by Mark L. Smith