We recently converted two adjacent residences, built in the early 20th century, to an art gallery and a workshop. The characteristics of these two Austin homes, down to the wall paper we uncovered, stand in stark contrast to "de stijl" an early 20th century art movement. It reminded us how artists have the ability to introduce new directions to the world (see for example the neoplastic works of Piet Mondriaan, and Gerrit Rietveld.)
de stijl | PODIUM FOR ART focuses on contemporary forms of creative expression and we will work hard to present fresh ideas and current issues.
The 900 sq. ft. art gallery has now been entirely renovated. We replaced and removed windows to create wider display walls, and salvaged the original hard wood floors. New French doors lead to an intimate patio in the back of the gallery. And the main gallery now opens up to the south and then connects north. The gallery houses a small, modern kitchen as well.
The 1100 sq. ft. workshop is immediately adjacent to the gallery. It has a large main room for intimate classes, a kiln room with four electric kilns, three of which fire to cone 10, a workroom with an extruder, slip mixer, and pottery wheel, and a separate drawing room. There are drying racks, tools, worktables, industrial sinks, bathrooms and a kitchenette. A welding area in the back is in the planning.
The grounds around the buildings feature various protected trees, including an old oak, a magnificent magnolia and several pecans and is being prepared to show sculpture in the near future. These grounds will also allow us, weather permitting, to host artist discussions and other events.