Fall Art Calendar – Final Stretch

Three events to wrap up the year for the holiday season.

  1. Alpine Artwalk. November 18 & 19, 2016
  2. Guiton St. Artists Fall Open Studio Event. December 3, 2016
  3. Author Visit-A Book Event for Girls and Moms. December 10, 2016




These three activities wrap up the event year after which I will sojourn to write and paint in my typical winter hibernation habit. We’ll see what the new year brews for us.


Guatemala – Day 6

More learning with another demo by William Kalwick, Jr.

More learning with another demo by William Kalwick, Jr.

Today we went to the market. We liked it and stayed to paint. A very busy market day was challenging to paint. A very crowded environment bustling with activity, we had to find an open space, out of the way of heavy traffic, people and otherwise.

I chose a busy corner at a fork on the road. Luckily the vendor next to me moved giving me a bit more space to avoid motor vehicle traffic. Of course, most traffic consists of three-wheeled cabs and bicycles, and lots of pedestrians. Many passers-by, both local of various ages, and tourists, were curious to see our work. Many art lovers abound, particularly market vendors curious to see our work and progress.

A final demo by William Kalwick by the lake.

A final demo by William Kalwick by the lake.

We had another demonstration by William Kalwick. His demo highlighted issues specific to our work representing the market. It was right on target and we enjoyed it very much. We then went to luch and scouted for a portrait model for the afternoon. We found a woman who only spoke a native language. Luckily a nearby shoe shine boy spoke the language and agreed to be our interpreter.

We went to dinner recapping the day’s events, discussing world issues, native cultures, and a good deal of fun humor. We made another trip down to the lake shore to look for the moon and see the night lights. Some of us had already been down to the dock and enjoyed the sunset and the saxophone music by a roving musician. We met a traveler from Canada and enjoyed hearing about his travels.

Tomorrow we return to Antigua.


SAVE THE DATE: November 14, 2015 – Open Studio & Art Sale

Excited about the upcoming open studio. I have several new pieces and look forward to seeing new works by my fellow neighbors.


The Guiton St. Artists 2015 Fall Open Studio & Art Sale

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 14, for the 2015 Fall Open Studio & Art Sale. This is the second of our annual open studio events where you can see and purchase artwork directly from the artists. The event takes place from 2:00 to 8:00 pm.

Participating Resident Artists are:

Shirley Lavine, Caroline Ratliff, Maggi Dunwoody,
Helene Robinson, Paula Winter, Eleanor McCarthy,
Sunny McKinnon, Janis Edel, Bruce Williamson,
Tahamia Spain, Mary McJunkin, Lilibeth André

Guiton St. Artists
West Loop Building
4848 Guiton Street (multiple studios-look for the open doors)
Houston, Texas 77027

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Lessons From Ephemeral Art

Being a professional artist is an exercise in letting go. Letting go of your imagination, letting go of your creativity, and letting go of your creation.

2014 Alpine Artwalk Street Art, Mexican Girl (detail), Lilibeth Andre

2014 Alpine Artwalk Chalk Art, Mexican Girl (detail), Lilibeth Andre with Feather Radha and Skye Valenzuela.

These are fundamental learnings for life itself. Why is that? As we enter the toddler years we learn possession and possessiveness. In some cases we fail to acquire the confidence to grow beyond that, for various reasons.

Being a professional artist includes the art of letting go. How does letting go apply to life? We live opportunities for letting go everyday, they may come early in the form of sharing, letting go of relationships or issues that are not beneficial to us and our well-being, letting go of our children as they grow and require their own space to make their own decisions and learn from them. But why let go?

2014 Alpine Artwalk Street Art, SPR Engine, Lilibeth Andre, with Alexander Costea.

2014 Alpine Artwalk Chalk Art, SPR Engine, Lilibeth Andre, with Alexander Costea, and Mariah Rose.

Possession and control are ways we use to give us the security we haven’t yet developed. We use these attitudes to fill the emptiness of our insecurity. Struggling with possession and control is an unfulfilling prophecy through which we can never have enough to give us the security we lack.

Generosity, trust, giving and sharing are the antidotes to this emptiness. When we make these attitudes our own we can expand our contribution, our self unto the external world that surrounds us. We can share our knowledge and experience, we can give others and ourselves the freedom to go our own way, and we can trust that what we teach our children will give them the tools to make their best decisions and find their own life path.

2014 Alpine Artwalk Chalk Art, Prickly Pear (detail), Lilibeth Andre with Feather Radha and Sky Valenzuela.

2014 Alpine Artwalk Chalk Art, Prickly Pear (detail), Lilibeth Andre with Feather Radha and Sky Valenzuela.

It is not easy. It takes much practice. Nothing could be a greater exercise of this life lesson as the creation of ephemeral art. What is ephemeral art?

The creation of art itself includes an act of letting go. Transferring that idea through our creative language into a materialized expression is the first step. Then there is the act of sharing the materialized expression. This creation is like a child and there can be difficulty in letting it go. Ephemeral art is not only an exercise in producing a materialized expression but it is created with the intentionality that it will not be permanent, it’s existence will be short lived.

Examples can be an ice sculpture, in my case, a pastel mural on pavement, or even a beautiful serving of a tasty dish.

2014 Alpine Artwalk Chalk Art, Mural view, Lilibeth Andre with Alexander Costea, Rachel Maxwell, Skye Valenzuela and Feather Radha.

2014 Alpine Artwalk Chalk Art, Collaborative mural view, Lilibeth Andre with Alexander Costea, Rachel Maxwell, Skye Valenzuela and Feather Radha. (Not shown are Mariah Rose, and Juliana Johnson)

While creating my last street painting in Alpine, Texas with the aid of local artists that included Alexander Costea, Mariah Rose*, Juliana Johnson, Rachel Maxwell, and the very talented and professional Feather Radha, we were also joined by Skye Valenzuela, Brandt Mannchen and three creative youngsters who experienced pastel color on pavement. We were at the 2015 Artwalk.

The question almost everyone had who came to Brown Dog Gardens to see our work was, in brief, How will you make it permanent?

The mural was a 10 foot by 20 foot area depicting a romantic vision of Alpine with its beautiful Twin Sisters peaks, an 1888 Southern Pacific Railroad engine and a beautiful Mexican Calendar girl to incorporate the strong cultural presence in its history, all in the beautiful pre-sunset colors of the West Texas landscape.

Hearing the concept of ephemeral art, people’s next question was, How long will the painting last? The answer was that it was dependent on the elements like the wind and the next rain.

And lo and behold, even the artists were tested when reaching the final strokes of the mural clouds began to form in the dry desert. All artists converged on the remaining unfilled area to complete the mural and beat the rain.

As drops began to fall strokes became more rapid, beautiful people scurried to get a tarp and tents, and I had to tear everyone away when the sky opened up into a generous and needed rain in a still drought-stricken area.

“We can’t salvage it now,” I told them. It belonged to the rain.

2015 Alpine Artwalk Chalk Art, As the rain came down, Lilibeth Andre,

2015 Alpine Artwalk Chalk Art, As the rain came down, Lilibeth Andre,

Everyone stood undercover and watched as the pastel work turned into a watercolor stream that puddled in various directions swirling color beyond our taped boundary.

I have to admit, this is not my first ephemeral piece so I had an emotional advantage on everyone. I can tell  you that it was not easy to grasp the concept that all that hard work on hands and knees in the cool air and hot sun to pour artistic talent into chalk on pavement that would not be there to testify to the effort of two and a half days work was not hard to grasp but to see it diluted in a quick and unexpected downpour before our eyes was tough.

So I smiled and relished on the pleasure of creating this art piece in the company of beautiful artist, surround by beautiful people in a beautiful environment. That I keep with me always.


* We heard Mariah had a fender bender on her bike the night before we finished and was unable to join us due to a broken nose. We wish her a painless and swift recovery.


Why Educate, Selfish Priorities

I just returned from visiting one of my newer friends. He is in hospice care. I wanted to pay my respects and tell him, “Thanks”.

Two years ago is when I met him. It was my partner’s birthday party and many of his friends joined us. Don was one of them. Recently we bumped into each other and he reintroduced himself. I recognized the name and looked at the face to make a connection. I must have had a blank look on my face.

He said, “I’m the one that planted the wild flowers in your front yard.”

Oh, yeah! THAT Don. In my defense, I was not home that day.

Don has been well known for his work, not just in the community but in the state and across the country. A definite good guy. He is someone who has found a fitting niche in our community. A strong spoke in the giant wheel.

This was not my first visit to a hospice facility. Even though I’ve never liked hospitals (I fainted the first time I remember being in one), hospice is different for me. I see hospice as a place of loving care, comfort, and support in moments of gentle humanity.

It is times like these that I return to my education soapbox so here I go.

More and more boomers are entering the retirement age and with that progression comes health (or lack of it) and dying. Three conditions in which we rely upon the care of others to manage our day to day activities. When you look at retirement, hospitals, and hospice facilities, who do we traditionally see manning them?

Minorities are the principal staff manning these facilities and providing care. Is it because the job is taxing? Is it because the job pays poorly? Is it because minorities care more?

Several years ago I was at the airport waiting for my flight. I gentleman from just north of town engaged in conversation and began to share with me why he felt we should not provide for the education of minorities. His reasons were all of individualism and detached humanity. The gentleman was several years older than me and I felt he would understand my point.

“Think about this,” I said. “These kids are the ones who will be taking care of us when we are in the seniors community, when we are sick and dying. They will be the leaders, the workers and the inventors. They will be the ones making decisions of who lives and who dies. Wouldn’t you want them to be the most educated? Don’t you think it is a sound investment?”

It’s not just minorities. It is all our kids. We show them that work is more important and we dispense them onto the care of others, strangers, or electronics. We hope they get the Three R’s, and if we’re lucky, we get a couple of hours with them each day. That is no way to teach civility, sensibility, love, faith, and caring… all those things we do not mention in school. We teach detachment.

As far as the gentleman at the airport, I think he got my point.



Irish Bog Body Could Be World’s Oldest – Archaeology Magazine

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Irish Bog Body Could Be World’s Oldest http://t.co/PFVvuJRsk7 #archaeology

LilibethAndre‘s insight:

We trample over our history if we aren’t careful. We need to see beyond our nose, our hands and our wallet. We need to see with our hearts.

See on www.archaeology.org

Ancient Underwater Forest Much Older Than First Thought – wunderground.com

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An ancient forest found 60 feet underwater about 10 miles offshore of Alabama is much older than originally thought.

LilibethAndre‘s insight:

When we find that what is out there is bigger than we know, doesn’t it pay to protect it before we destroy it and never find out it even existed?

See on www.wunderground.com

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