Join The Cathedral for their February Open House for a night of music, drinks & art highlighting Austin's top women & nonbinary artists in support of a good cause.
Kick off the new year with the debut of their Women's History Month exhibit featuring new works from Ella Nilsson, Maggie Lyon, Marcella Colavecchio, Mary Rochford, Sandra Boskamp, Sarah Boisvert. Vibe to an intimate performance, enjoy complimentary drinks and support local while benefitting a local nonprofit.
Experience Austin's largest local women & nonbinary artist collective, atxGALS, in a one-of-a-kind setting to shop over 200+ original works by Austin's emerging women artists and thousands of prints. Works from the collective include abstract, figurative, landscape, mixed media, collage, watercolor, etc. leaving something for everyone to love.
7:00p – Doors Open
8:30p – Performance
10:00p – Event ends
About the featured artists:
Ella Nilsson is a Jersey girl, but is proud to call Austin her home for the past 10 years. She is presently working on two series, which are about exploring contrast in faces and figures. Her Shadows series, affectionately nicknames Shady Ladies, examines how cast shadows from hands distorts across the contours of the face.
Maggie Lyon is a contemporary painter and curator based in Austin, Texas. Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Maggie's journey led her to Texas State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art in 2019 with a concentration in Painting and minor in Fashion Merchandising. Her time in Austin has been spent managing art galleries, organizing art exhibitions, and exploring her painting practice. Maggie enjoys painting a variety of subjects tied together by her vibrant use of color and unique perspective; emotionally driven by her lived experiences, childhood nostalgia, and world travels.
Marcella Colavecchio is an Austin based emerging artist whose towering figurative paintings explore timely concepts of gender and identity. Using color as a catalyst for storytelling, Marcella uses her palettes to set the tone of her “mise-en-scene” before any of her actors have even uttered a word. Her aesthetic favors unnatural and exaggerated light sources, leaning into artificiality to create synthetic worlds, using lighting as a means of expression. While her paintings are momentous in movement and saturated with color, they are still silent, and create a voluble visual narrative on the relationship between people, their bodies, and freedoms.
Mary Catherine Rochford is an El Paso born, self-taught artist. Her work is a homage to the complexity of women and is created through oil paint, digital media, and embroidery. Outside of art, Mary works in disability policy and advocacy.
Sandra Boskamp, a Dutch American artist, has found her creative home in Dripping Springs, TX, where she currently resides and works. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her artistic journey began to flourish after she made the move to Texas in pursuit of a career in the arts. As an artist specializing in the expressive medium of oil painting, Sandra artfully merges figurative elements with abstract concepts, giving life to captivating and thought-provoking pieces. Her creations offer viewers a glimpse into her unique perspective, weaving stories of emotion, identity, and the intricate connections that define the human experience.
Sarah Boisvert combines abstraction and figuration in her stunning works. She plucks personal references, experiences, and memories to create thoroughly expressive paintings. While the human figure is there, she has moved away from making portraits with distinguishable faces, she paints with a specific subject in mind, processing them through personal interpretations. She uses the medium of painting to record these personal feelings. Sarah’s paintings touch on themes of identity and urban alienation and are artistically reflected through a strong understanding of color and composition. Beautiful gradient hues contrast bold abstractions, reminiscent of the works by European existentialists.
About the featured performers:
Maya Sampleton COMING SOON
Naala, is classically trained vocalist & musician turned Alt Pop Singer/Songwriter, who has played for everyone from HRH Prince William, a live USTV Audience of 13 million, to major & local stages across the US & at home in Austin, TX. Originally from Australia, Naala boasts soaring vocal melodies, guitar & piano riffs, & lyrics you can get behind. In 2021 she made a re entrance to live shows with a popular residency at famous The Continental Club Gallery, followed by several Sold Out shows at Continental Club & Lamberts in 2022. The first single from her upcoming EP, "Chase the night," released in Fall 2022 and garnered local radio play on ACL Radio & Sun Radio. The same titled record will follow in 2023. Naala entered 2023 with a bang with her first headline show at legendary venue Antone's nightclub, and BMI showcase at SXSW. In 2024, Gary Clark Jr released the first 4 tracks off his long awaited new record “JPEG raw,“ which features “This is Who we are,” a song co written by Naala and featuring her vocals.
SISI is a Venezuelan American musician based in Austin, TX. Rooted in rock n roll, their sound is centered around grounding story telling of the human experience in pop rock melodies and provoking modern production. Their debut single, "Rich or Dead," taps into the generational goal of latina kids to want to find any way possible to make sure they can take care of their parents. SISI's full self-titled LP coming fall 2022.
About the featured beneficiary:
Lone Star Circle of Care’s Big Pink Bus provides early breast cancer detection services to women throughout Central Texas. The Big Pink Bus offers low-cost or free 3-D digital screening mammography to most women, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.
Early detection of breast cancer is key to survival. When breast cancer is caught early, a woman’s 5-year survival rate is almost 100%. If you are a woman aged 40 and older, talk to your health care provider about regular screening mammography.
About the host: The Cathedral is an art gallery in a beautiful 1930's refurnished church in East Austin. Created by the Founder of atxGALS, a local women + nonbinary artist collective whose mission is to create more exposure for women in art, The Cathedral showcases a diverse collection of art by the top-rated collective year round and serves as a gallery, event venue and coworking space.
Thank you for supporting local, women-owned and women artists!