Anticipating What Already Is

Welcome to the first ever art gallery at Austin New Church! 


As we journey through Advent in 2020, we are in a season of anticipation, yet deeply rooted in the here and now. We stand inside the suffering this year has wrought, as we eagerly await the hope on the horizon. We have all drawn inwards to experience a homecoming, of sorts. This year has revealed who we always, already were. And the hope of healing that - even now, even in the “not yet”-  is somehow already underway. We asked artists to consider these ideas as they selected their work. We hope it invites you deeper into the mystery at hand. 


It’s been a difficult year for artists, and yet, who can imagine getting through quarantine without them? We hope you will engage with and support the work of these brilliant local artists.


The Advent Art Gallery Curation Team

(Mark and Bailey Klentzman, Don Brimberry, Kitty Howell, Bert Garcia, Patrick Hill, Brittany Schmutzler, Nicole Steiner, Akshay Umashankar)


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the art

Please support these local artists by checking out their links below

  • The Artist

    Artist: 

    Amanda Juillard


    Description: 

    "We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves." 

    Julia Cameron


    For Sale Contact: amandajuillard@utexas.edu

    Website: https://amandajuillard.wixsite.com/portfolio


    Timestamp: 00:15

  • Live and grow // STUCK IN TIME

    Artist: 

    Kendrick Rudolph


    Description: 

    Live and Grow: "The title of this piece speaks to the simplicity of the life cycle for all living things. Every organism has its own unique stages. Regardless of what is going on in the current stage or past stages moving to the next stage is inevitable. Live life simple; don't be stuck in the past and anticipate change for the future."


    Stuck in Time: "The muse for this piece is a gentleman marching for black rights in Selma, Alabama back in 1965. Here we are 55 years later still fighting for the same thing, equality. As we continue to anticipate this battle being tiresome the fight must go on until there is true equality for everyone. This piece speaks to who I have always been as a person that is fearless about standing up for what is right."


    For Sale Contact: kendricklrudolph@gmail.com

    Websitehttps://highlyfavoredart.store/collections/original-paintings


    Live and Grow Timestamp: 00:28

    Stuck in Time Timestamp: 00:42

  • Earth and Sky // Chatter // As for me and my house..." // Contained Space

    Artist: 

    Don Brimberry


    Description: 

    "I see the process that is involved in making pottery as the connection to the theme. The natural elements of clay, earth, fire, water all come together, and when connected with the creativity of the potter, result in the works made by hand. Those elements have existed for all of time, and therefore already are, (and just have to be gathered and assembled into a useful object. The creative process of making is in the anticipation of seeing what can be."


    For Sale Contact*: don@brimberrypottery.com

    Website: www.brimberrypottery.com

    Facebook: Don Brimberry Pottery

    Instagram: @donbrimberry


    *Earth and Sky not for sale


    Timestamp: 01:11

  • FAR AND WIDE // Luz Sobre espada (Light over espada)

    Artist: 

    V.... Vaughan


    Description: 

    Far and Wide: "Early springtime in the Texas Hill Country, and we see the promise of a new harvest."


    Luz Sobre Espada: "Although the sunrise is only just now meeting the top of Mission Espada, creation is already engaged with the day."


    For Sale Contact: vvaughan8@yahoo.com

    Website: http://www.v-vaughan.com/


    Far and Wide Timestamp: 01:23

    Luz Sobre Espada Timestamp: 01:37

  • Maria

    Artist: 

    Whitney Mitchell


    Website: punkybabe.net


    Timestamp: 01:51

  • Curious Woman

    Artist: 

    Danielle Urban


    Description: 

    "This piece acknowledges the fact that what’s “already” here often feels fragmented; like glimpses of glory, heartache, uncertainty, and things that don’t seam to fit at first glance. But the beauty of a quilt, and of our lives, is that it’s all stitched together with the common thread of love. It was important to me to create this piece out of fiber because textiles have not traditionally taken seriously by the art world as a medium because it was seen as “women’s work.” So here I am, celebrating the divine love woven through every part of me and the women that shaped me."


    For Sale Contact: danielleurban1@gmail.com

    Portfolio: https://danielleurban.myportfolio.com/work

    Instagram: @frontporchthreads


    Timestamp: 02:17

  • FIRE // Veronica's Veil

    Artist: 

    Katherine Brimberry


    Description: 

    Fire Field: "This work is a part of a series based on 1996 agricultural photographs created over Terry County, my home county on the Caprock in Texas. I became aware while working with some drawings using the original 24" x 24" photographs of the geological history of the landscape. The Caprock was submerged under a vast inland sea during the Cretician times. Today it is covered with cut-up divided farmlands and crisscrossed with roads. Not long ago it was a "Llano Estacado", a staked plain. In my mother's lifetime, it was swept with wind and subject to prairie fires. In the future, it may be ravaged with fire. The land itself may remain but be changed. So this series is my acknowledgment of the four elements of this world: Earth, Air, Water, and Fire and the apocalyptic vision of each. My understanding of time is that past, present, and future all exist at once in God's view. I'm trying to show all the variations I can think of. I am anticipating what is already. To do this on a smaller scale, I have scanned some aerial photos and created multiple plate etchings with photopolymer gravure plates that print the photographic images and added hand-etched copper plates that modify the my drawn overprinting of geological survey shapes and over that my stylized images of the wind, fire, water, and plants covering the land. Shown together they show historical, present and future time all at once."


    Veronica's Veil: "(‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Matthew 25:40) - As a printmaker, I etch images into plates with the anticipation that the final image which is printed from the inked plate onto paper, will convey my concept. It is always a mistake for me to expect the image to be exactly like a sketch or a painting. I allow the process to intervene and the work is successful when the final image is something that is beyond what I could anticipate. What I do know is that the image will be in reverse from the copper plate which I refer to as my matrix. I can only know what might be printed from the matrix from some experience, but it is always like "seeing in a mirror dimly." Veronica's Veil was created with the tradition of Veronica in mind. She holds the Sixth Station of the Cross with her act of kindness to wipe away the sweat and blood from Jesus's face with her veil. Miraculously, his true image remained on her veil I see her act as an act of printing from the matrix of Jesus. We call impressions from our matrices, our "proofs". Veronica, whose name can mean "truth", created proof of the living truth. My Sixth Station, Veronica's Veil, includes phone book pages bearing the names, addresses, and phone numbers of hundreds of people. It is a reminder that Jesus died for all and that what we do to help even the least of all, we do to Jesus...not for him."


    For Sale Contact*: katherine@flatbedpress.com

    Website: https://artistregistry.bigmedium.org/artists/katherinebrimberry


    *Veronica's Veil not for sale


    Fire Timestamp: 02:31

    Veronica's Veil Timestamp: 02:43

  • Boy on a Hill // Hand-cuffed in Havana

    Artist: 

    Mac McDonnel


    Description: 

    "The way it hits home to me i[n] my life is and has been already easy (compared to…?) as the “Boy on the Hill” – unabashed joy already ingrained vs. the man “Handcuffed in Havana”... what did he say, do, not do??? No oppression vs. total oppression, expression of opinion vs. jailed for doing the aforementioned."


    For Sale Contact: mcdonnellmac@att.net

    Instagram: @jwmac


    Boy on a Hill Timestamp: 02:58

    Hand-Cuffed in Havana Timestamp: 03:11

  • Communion Set

    Artist: 

    Deb Dixon


    Description: 

    "I have always admired pottery and was interested in creating art in that medium. However, I took a more conventional path in the business world. After over two decades immersed in the corporate world, I had an opportunity that allowed me to make the brave decision to shift gears, leave convention behind, and pursue a new path with pottery at the center. Perhaps I’ve finally caught up with where heart already was."


    For Sale Contact*: debdixonpottery@gmail.com

    Website: http://www.debdixonpottery.com/ 


    *Pitcher and Chalices for sale only


    Timestamp: 03:30

  • Patterns of Empathy

    Artist: 

    Leah Chyma


    Description: 

    "This piece naturally depicts the evolution of a life in days, weeks, years and lifetimes. Any part of the cycle is the present moment and with a mindful eye you realize now is the only time that actually exists, living in the now, the already."


    For Sale Contact: leahchyma@gmail.com

    Instagram: @leahchymaallover


    Timestamp: 03:48

  • Afghan Amputee // The Journey

    Artist: 

    Kitty Howell


    Description: 

    Afghan Amputee: "Selling cokes on the side of the road in Herat Afghanistan. Radiating joy in the midst...."


    The Journey: "He walks seeking what already is, amongst the trees in his life. In the empty spaces. Between his striding feet. At last recognizing the joy already within."


    Afghan Amputee Timestamp: 04:06

    The Journey Timestamp: 04:18

  • A Foundational Study of memory #1

    Artist: 

    Ty Nathan Clark


    Description: 

    This selected work is from artist Ty Nathan Clark’s 2018 abstract expressionist body of work "Lessons in Remembering Pt 1.”which expresses a life lived, memories gained and visions of what could be brought forth for eyes to see. Our memories are extremely important and vital to our human existence. Memory is the faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information. Our brains are a wondrous, complex, mysterious creation with the ability to store and throw away information at an incredible pace. Why do we forget certain moments and why do we remember certain moments? Our senses have the ability to trigger memories of people, places and emotions upon a moments notice. As the artist grows older he continues to practice remembering as a way to not forget things that he should always have in the forefront of his mind. We are the collectors of time. This series of work is a collection of bits and pieces of memory and reflection. Each work is a representation of things that can not be spoken. The artist uses color as thought or reflection, texture as metaphor, line representing story in constant flux, marks exclaiming chaos and negative space welcoming cosmos, inviting the audience into his memories. “We can climb inside the cupboard and close the doors behind us, or climb inside, sit against the back wall, leave the doors wide open and remember it all.” - Ty Nathan Clark


    For Sale Contact: tynathanclark@gmail.com

    Website: http://www.tynathanclark.com/

    Instagram: @tynathanclark


    Timestamp: 04:31

  • Waves of Life

    Artist: 

    Kim Freels


    Description: 

    "This mosaic is an abstract interpretation of ocean waves. Despite the turmoil of the roiling waves, God remains in charge. The sunlight shining on the water is a reminder that God is always present with us no matter the dire circumstances we may find ourselves in."


    For Sale Contact*: 

    krfreels@gmail.com


    *100% of proceeds go to Help One Now


    Timestamp: 04:43

  • Sun & Moon

    Artist: 

    Haley Gerstenberg


    Description: 

    "The figure in this piece stands in the transition between night and day—she stands in the reflective light of the moon knowing that daylight follows. The sun is at her back; it isn't day yet, but she is beginning to feel the morning’s warmth. This piece is about the cyclical reminders of day and night, in moonlight we see a reflection of the sun and know that day will come again."


    For Sale Contact: haleygerstenberg@gmail.com

    Instagram: @imhaleyfyi


    Timestamp: 04:58

  • Zilker Park

    Artist: 

    Clint Roth


    Description: 

    "This painting is based on a photo I took in Zilker park in early summer 2020. Everything was partially locked down and nobody really knew what was going on yet. After being isolated by myself at home for weeks a friend suggested we meet at Zilker Park and have a distanced picnic. We sat under a tree for hours looking at the clouds in the sky and talking, both of us happy to be in the presence of another person."


    For Sale Contact: clint_roth@hotmail.com

    Website: http://www.clintroth.com/


    Fire Timestamp: 05:11

  • Imperfect Reflection

    Artist: 

    Sara Kelly


    Description: 

    "Too often we look in the mirror and find ourselves lacking; not smart enough, strong enough, or attractive enough. The list of our own shortcomings goes on and on. What we see in that reflection is not what others see in us. We all struggle to change what we see in the mirror; to become “more” in some way. However, deep inside each of us already exists the talents and gifts we will ever need."


    For Sale Contact: sarakelly1124@gmail.com


    Timestamp: 05:24

  • Letting Go

    Artist: 

    Martha Locke


    Description: 

    "Life isn't always as depicted in a Norman Rockwell picture. Sometimes life shatters, leaving us lost and broken. But God can take your broken pieces and put you back together, mend your broken heart, and create your life anew. That's what He's doing for me. I'm letting go of the past and looking forward to what God has in store for me. I've taken the first step. I'm Already Letting Go."


    For Sale Contact: marthalocke59@yahoo.com


    Timestamp: 05:40

  • The Moon

    Artist: 

    Lexi Williams