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CONTENTS june/july 2017


features 20 Hyde Park Hideaway


resources 58 Landscaping: From Dream to Design

28 Lakeside Lifestyle 36 Canvas for Light



60 Summer Tomatoes


contributing editors


san marcos iron doors 56 Marco Soto The Great Outdoors NARI 61 Kayvon Leath, Austin NARI Martha Bizzell, NARI San Antonio

bay hill design 42 Contemporary Comfort

fabulous finds

Easy Summertime Living

62 Exploring Victoria


design board 48 Sharon Radovich - Panache Interiors

14 From The Editor


64 Design Spotlight

50 Abstract Pavilionism

65 Arts and Culture Spotlight

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The Back Yard Lifestyle


ith summer upon us, we naturally gravitate outside, enjoying morning coffee before the temperatures rise, dips in the pool and back yard barbecues, and evening cocktails as the temperature drops once again. While Central Texas has a pleasantly livable and enviable climate for most of the year, summer months can be uncomfortable at best. But the projects in this issue were carefully planned to account for all of summer’s setbacks and plenty of opportunities to combine indoor and outdoor living. Awarded a 5-Star rating by the Austin Energy Green Building program, Jackson & McElhaney Architects designed a home that simply made sense with the property, orienting site placement to avoid harsh sun, creating walls of glass that open completely to a breezy courtyard with lush landscaping and even removing full interior walls and doors for constant and comfortable air flow. Operable window walls continue in a lakeside residence designed by LaRue Architects, but this time the views from every room include the sparkling Lake Austin and expansive outdoor living spaces. Working with a 1930s home in one of San Antonio’s most historic neighborhoods, John Grable Architects incorporated many amenities for a modern lifestyle, including a courtyard and pool that lovingly respects the original period of the home. In another historic San Antonio home previously restored by Jim Poteet Architects, the firm was called upon again to create an outdoor living area that Poteet describes as a European concept where a modern abstract addition blends successfully with the historic home. If you started your garden early, tomatoes should just be ripe for picking, and certainly plentiful at all grocers. In Food Design, you’ll see they may be the quintessential summer veggie but have endured a long history. And as you find yourself longing for a weekend road trip, especially designed with kids in mind, head to Victoria for beautiful parks, historic homes and a bit of a Texas history lesson. Whether you are traversing our beautiful Central Texas highways and byways or stay-caying in your own back yard, I hope this summer brings everything you wish for.

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Hyde Park Hideaway

Lakeside Lifestyle

Canvas for Light

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Contemporary Comfort

Design Board

Abstract Pavilionism

Belgian Bar - Austin Style

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Hideaway By Mauri Elbel Photography by Ryann Ford and Trey Hunter

From the moment you arrive at Mark Sainsbury and Victoria Goodman’s home, you receive subtle hints that it may be different than the others hugging the charming avenues that crisscross through Austin’s eclectic Hyde Park neighborhood. Tucked behind a fence and partially hidden from street view, it’s not until you walk through the gate and enter inside that those initial suspicions are confirmed: You have, in fact, stumbled onto an architectural gem capable of making you doubt your Central Austin whereabouts.

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t’s a drippy Austin morning when I meet the couple to tour their home, the air hanging with humidity from a late spring shower. By the time we sit down at a bright tangerine table inside their open-air, light-dappled home, the sun has broken through the clouds, the breezes have picked up and a bevy of birds are chirping loudly. There’s technically a roof above our heads, but the operable window wall dividing the open interiors from the natural oasis that unfurls just beyond brings the outdoors inside. A 50-foot sycamore tree, where the couple says a family of owls live, rises above their vegetable garden, and a woodpecker, a few bright green monk parakeets and a crimson cardinal flit and flutter above a wood-and-wire coop that houses a couple of chickens. This unlikely fecund wonderland 22 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |

in the middle of Austin forms the courtyard separating their home from an existing cottage they inherited with the property, which they now use as a guest house, and a rock-surrounded plunge pool where they can take a relaxing dip or turn on the jets to swim against the current for exercise. When Sainsbury, who is from London, and Goodman, who hails from South Africa, moved to Austin in 2001, they were living in a duplex just a few blocks away on Avenue G and searching for a spot to finally build a home of their own. “We looked for two years, mainly out in the countryside,” Goodman tells me as Sainsbury steams frothy cappuccinos in their clean-lined, uncluttered kitchen. “We were really interested in building a house but thought that was more likely in the country.”

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When the couple of nearly 40 years caught sight of the “for sale” sign in the neighborhood, they wasted no time checking it out and immediately knew it was perfect. “It was completely ideal,” says Sainsbury of the .29-acre lot. They already loved the vibe and friendly neighbors of Hyde Park, and Sainsbury, a philosophy professor at The University of Texas, would still be able to cycle to work. Through a mutual friend, they met Robert Jackson and Michael McElhaney of Jackson & McElhaney Architects, but they were no strangers to the firm’s award-winning commercial projects including Westcave Preserve, which they had already toured and been impressed by. The couple shared only a few simple design objectives with the architects –– they wanted a public downstairs space

where they could cook with friends, a private upstairs space they could use for working and sleeping and a home with a very strong indoor/outdoor connection. “This house was a really good exercise in examining what the clients wanted and listening to and thinking about how they live,” says Michael McElhaney, AIA, LEED AP, who collaborated with Robert Jackson to design a monastically simple, light-filled space that matched their desires and fit into the neighborhood. “The downstairs is about entertaining, cooking and being together. When they are upstairs, they are sleeping or working. Without walls going up to the ceiling, they can still be in communication with each other without being in the same space or even on the same floor.” Jackson and McElhaney sited the house near the street to

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preserve the existing 1939 cottage at the rear of the property, creating a private courtyard between the two structures. Deep porches on both the first and second floors overlook the tranquil courtyard and allow the home to completely open up to the outside. Downstairs, a NanaWall window system dissolves the boundary between interior and exterior while extending the living and dining areas onto the covered porch and into the backyard. A sprawling deck hovers above the courtyard and runs along the upstairs spaces, creating a place to relax during the day and giving the couple the op24 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |

portunity to sleep beneath the stars at night by rolling their bed directly outside onto the upstairs deck. Throughout the fluid design, little preference is given to interior over exterior living, and with Austin’s moderate climate, the couple takes advantage of both throughout the year. Interior doors are obsolete and walls don’t reach the ceiling; rather, a few full-height partitions divide the continuous space and generous windows flood the home with abundant natural light to keep the home open and bright. “It feels very calm and peaceful and stress free,” says Sains-

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bury of the design. “I like the fact that we have no doors in the house –– it’s just the two of us so why would we want to hide behind anything?” The home remains minimal in both palette and materiality. Inside, rapidly renewable bamboo was chosen for the flooring while white walls allow Mother Nature’s sunlight shows to serve as wall art. Outside, a hardy plank exterior is painted a soothing green color, selected by friend and designer Carol Burton. The corrugated metal carport boasts cleverly designed storage rooms that house everything from their

bikes and air conditioning system to their wine collection. Nothing about the design was forced; rather, it evolved organically and made sense with the property. Exterior walls parallel the street while interior partitions align with true north, explains McElhaney, the home’s cardinal axis marked by a solid, stone fireplace that serves as an anchor against which the residents are made aware of the daily and seasonal swing of sunlight. The angle of the bar between the kitchen and living room, along with wood flooring running north/ south, subtly reinforce this awareness. The home’s orienta-

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tion and design shields it from harsh sun and ushers in natural breezes so the need for air conditioning is minimal –– in fact, the home was awarded the highest five-star rating from the Austin Energy Green Building program. “Victoria and Mark’s design objectives aligned perfectly with the Green Building program,” says McElhaney. “It’s an appropriate reaction to the environment. Much of the home’s configuration was sensible passive design. The basic awareness of the sun and how it traverses one’s property is key.” For the couple, this home is the one place they never want to leave. They don’t go out to eat much anymore, preferring instead to pick vegetables out of their garden, bake their own 26 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |

bread or barbecue in the courtyard. Even trips away are not as appealing as they once were for the well-traveled couple. “We wanted to make a place that was like being on vacation all the time,” says Goodman. “We have done a lot of traveling and lived in a lot of places in the world and this feels like home more than any other place. We are reluctant to go away now because we can’t bear being away from here. Even 12 years later, there is absolutely nothing about our home we would change.” u ARCHITECT Jackson & McElhaney Architects 512-472-5132 | www.jacksonmcelhaney.com

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Lakeside Lifestyle By Mauri Elbel Photography by Dror Baldinger and Paul Bardagjy


The stunning waterfront home hugging the sparkling waters of Lake Austin offers the perfect blend of lakeside living and resort-like appeal for an Austin family. Born out of a casual conversation years ago, James LaRue, principal of LaRue Architects, designed this efficient home sitting on the west side of Lake Austin for a couple he first met when both of their BARDAGJY

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hey told me, ‘Someday we are going to have you design our house,’” recalls LaRue of an early conversation he had with the couple, both real estate professionals and owners of Realty Austin. “And that Someday came several years later.” While the couple expressed their desire for a home that afforded livable access to the outdoors and Lake Austin for their family, they gave few parameters to LaRue, instead granting him the architectural freedom to design the home he envisioned for the property. “They didn’t know exactly what they wanted, but they knew they wanted something contemporary, a certain number of bedrooms and a pool,” recalls LaRue. “They really let us do our thing, which was fun. We were able to design a house the way we felt it should be on that lot.” The 5,300-square-foot, four-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom home takes full advantage of the lake lifestyle offered by the waterfront lot it sits on –– a narrow strip of land with a large pecan tree that restricted footprint of the home. In 32 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |

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order to protect the existing 60-inch-wide pecan tree rising from the property, the home was designed around it and now thoughtfully sits to draw guests in with a continuous view from the entry to the rear of the house where a serene outdoor living area meets the lake. The project, executed in collaboration with builder Matt Shoberg of Shoberg Custom Homes, landscape architects John Hall and Rick Scheen and interior designer Kelle Contine of Kelle Contine Interior Design, marries modern and natural elements to exude a comfortable yet stylish lakeside vibe. In an effort to break up the mass of the home and look less boxy on a tight site, LaRue utilized a combination of Lueders Hill Country limestone at the ground level and zinc panels combined with


a background material of smooth acrylic stucco on the second story. The cantilevered roof line, featuring a durable Ipe soffit, adds dimension and shape. “I love the material palette on this home, which makes the architecture more meaningful,” says LaRue of the home’s

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composition. “This modern home feeds off of the warm materials and creates a contemporary yet very cozy house.” The homeowner’s desire for easy and livable access to their natural surroundings is realized through the inviting outdoor living retreat and tranquil pool that blends seamlessly with the landscape and lake just beyond. An open floor plan and flexible outdoor/indoor spaces afford a comfortable day-to-day living environment for the family while making entertaining effortless when they have guests. For example, the living room features a large lift-and-slide door that opens to the outdoor living space, and an elevated pool creates a seamless transition from the indoors to the outdoors. Motorized screens were installed around the outdoor living area, which when lowered, create an even larger entertaining space. The fluid downstairs area, although compact, doesn’t feel crowded thanks to thoughtful details throughout the house, ranging from the oversized pivot steel and glass front door from Dynamic Architectural Windows & Doors, which allows for see-through views straight to the water, to the wood wall paneling that runs down the hallway to conceal the powder and mechanical rooms. The master suite and a guest room are located downstairs while the children’s rooms, a media room and a bonus exercise room that cantilevers off of the ga-

rage comprise the upstairs. Inside, white oak plank flooring flows through the home, illuminated by numerous windows –– LaRue says several window manufacturers were used to achieve the desired look with beautiful results, such as the dark walnut finishes that read like furniture in the main living space. Hand-crafted features are seen throughout the house, spanning custom cabinets in the white, light-filled, contemporary kitchen and master bathroom; a custom-stained walnut paneled cabinet system that conceals hidden storage in the main living areas; and a modern floating tread white oak and steel staircase designed by Steel House MFG and millworker Joseph Zambarano. Although the couple didn’t have their exact house in mind when they hired LaRue, they got everything they wanted: a modern yet comfortable home that blends naturally into its waterfront surroundings and allows them to enjoy the lake lifestyle whether inside or out. “I think one of the neatest things about this house is that you can be sitting in the kitchen or in the family room and see the lake,” says LaRue. “They can watch their kids and their friends spill in and out. It just works for them.” u ARCHITECT LaRue Architects 512-347-1688 | www.larue-architects.com


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CANVAS FOR LIGHT By Angela Rabke Photography by Mark Menjivar

San Antonio has a rich architectural history with a collection of gorgeous historic homes spanning a handful of zip codes that would make any architectural nerd salivate. Yet, while these promising structures abound, most need an update to remain relevant for modern families.


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ocal architect John Grable recently addressed one such home. They call the project “Canvas for Light” because of the way the texture in the bright white stucco catches and plays with the sunlight. “There is a lot of history behind this project,” shares Grable. The home was designed in the 1930s by Bartlett Cocke (1901-1992), a well-known San Antonio architect whose projects include the San Pedro Playhouse and the Frost Bank Building. “Neighbors had many stories about the house,” says Grable. “I like to hear the stories before we do any demolition, because it informs you of important uses of space from the past.” The Moorishinspired building included a striking rose window, and quite a lot of custom ironwork — but there was work to be done. “It had some eccentricities. The young family who purchased it loved it and wanted to preserve it, but it needed to be as contemporary as it could without spoiling the bones,” Grable states. As is typical of most homes designed during that period, the interior was broken up into many smaller rooms, with small windows, allowing little natural light and disrupting the flow of movement for the owners and their two young children. Grable replaced the small openings with larger, more family-friendly spaces. The kitchen, in particular was important to the new owners, so Grable and his team scoured those spaces and created a flow diagram connecting the kitchen to the attached garage. “The original flow was broken up with service quarters and a laundry area. It was a good chal38 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |

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guest quarters above the garage were made new by exposing framing and removing old ceilings, helping to achieve verticality in the once stifling space. The indoor and outdoor spaces merged together not only downstairs, but also upstairs, where the master bedroom sits on an axis with pool and backyard. The space includes a covered sunroom overlooking the pool and the master bathroom, and while entirely modern, speaks to the elegance of the period. Carrera marble contrasts nicely with the white walls, and the ethereal space provides a nice refuge for mom and dad. Surprisingly, the original site included few trees, so Grable added a new Live Oak allee that helps define the side yard, offers privacy and creates a serene and secluded garden environment in the back yard. In keeping with Grable’s philosophy, Canvas for Light celebrates life and plays with modernity while straddling the lines of the past. u lenge, but we were able to create a sequence that connected the mudroom, entry and pantry in a way that made sense for the family,” says Grable. The design creates efficiency when unloading groceries, school bags, etc., and helps keep public spaces tidy — always a bonus for mothers of young children. Grable also expanded the kitchen to include an outdoor cooking area overlooking the back garden. The garden and the rest of the exterior of the home were refreshed with modern details that acknowledge the historical precedent of the original design. Grable replaced small windows with striking floor to ceiling windows in many spaces, giving the home a sense of transparency and a lantern-like glow. The team stripped the old stucco and used a unique formula of warm white paint everywhere, emphasizing texture and light on each surface and from every angle. While much of the original ironwork was removed, important pieces of history, like the numbers on the mail slot and the original rose window, were carefully preserved, and the original lanterns inspired Grable as he reimagined the home. Grable considered the famous courtyard at Alhambra as he neatly joined indoor to outdoor spaces, adding a new family room to create a Spanish-feeling U-shaped courtyard that includes a classic swimming pool with fountain and a Juliet balcony overlooking the outdoor haven. The creation of the courtyard has given the home a new heart, arranging casual spaces for entertaining and family life around the pool, while maintaining formal living and dining spaces towards the front of the house. The old 40 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |

ARCHITECT John Grable Architects – Inc. 210-820-3332 | www.johngrable.com

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Design | Bay Hill Design

Contemporary Comfort By Mauri Elbel Photography by Red Pants Studio

In the hills of West Austin, surrounded by green treetop views that stretch on for miles, a lofty, light-filled home achieves a beautiful blend of contemporary style and Hill Country comfort thanks to a little professional help from Brooke Anderson.


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nce the architectural phase of their stunning 7,000-square-foot Barton Creek home was complete, a couple with two sons in college turned to Brooke Anderson, Austin-based interior designer and owner of Bay Hill Design, to curate the stylish, far-from-fussy look they were after. “They wanted a modern Hill Country house –– a really comfortable, high-style home,” says Anderson. “Everything is done with an air of comfortable formality so the same room can be a space suitable for flip flops or a formal party.” For a couple who values family time, it was important that spaces remained flexible enough for casual gatherings as well as entertaining their community of friends. Anderson’s design


philosophies positioned her as the perfect candidate for the job. While the designer admittedly loves formal spaces, she doesn’t think they are always practical in Austin or for families. Rather, Anderson curated a thoughtful layering of selections to balance the home’s contemporary, clean-lined architecture and create warm, inviting interiors. For example, comfortable seating in the great room, custommade by Bay Hill Design, can be dressed up or down according to the season and function. In the summer, casual washable Belgium linen slipcovers tone down the formality of the space to inspire conversation and relaxation. Beneath, custom cotton cream Schumacher Gainsborough velvet upholstery dresses up the sofas during the cooler winter months. With upholsteries made to match the hue of the neutral walls, painted

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in Etiquette by Benjamin Moore®, the views take center stage. “I didn’t want to think about color –– I just wanted this beautiful lightfilled setting,” says Anderson of the space. “There are punches of color and accessories that can be changed for the seasons, but the overall absence of color lets you see the greenery and the Hill Country views outside.” Subtle pops of color come in through Fortuny pillows on the sofas and chairs. The custom banquette is wrapped in Jim Thompson velvet in luscious, deep navy blue, and it provides an inviting spot to sit, sip a cocktail and gaze out on the rolling hills. Anderson married the sleek, European-like look of the kitchen with a selection of elements that show age and patina for lived-in warmth. The finishes are undeniably formal––luxurious marble countertops, a glistening white signature Ann Sacks® ceramic tile backsplash, polished bands of brass and touches of gold. But linen chair covers and European antiques add touches of livability and history to the otherwise refined space. The large face taken from an old Belgium clock tower presides above the double-sided fireplace. A shelf of French dough bowls and cutting boards juxtapose sleek stainless appliances, shiny Dornbracht faucets and a custom plaster box vent hood by Bay Hill Design featuring a brass band and rivets. “There’s a layer of relaxation that comes in through the upholsteries and accessories that give the space a versatile look,” says Anderson. “It is an underlying theme throughout the house.” White oak floors provide a rustic yet refined feel throughout the sprawling one-story home where reversed beam ceilings soar 15 feet above the great room. Throughout the home, rooms embrace each other as true open spaces that connect through archways and wide pass-throughs, creating designated spaces while allowing each room to feel as if it is part of the next. The lighting, which Anderson sourced from 15-plus different companies, becomes the jewelry of each room.

“The lighting is a modern mix of clean lines that connect the spaces by the use of mixed metals,” says Anderson who relied on a combination of bronze and brass. For instance, the kitchen island lights by Visual Comfort are a mix of brass with bronze which ties into the fabulous dining space light by Global Views which features a unique branch design in a brass and bronze mixture.

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The spa-like master bath serves as a retreat for the homeowners to greet the world every day and sign off each night, says Anderson. Wrapped by gray-green Italian marble, the master bath serves as a regal retreat for the couple to renew and refresh, with antique pine doors hung on barn door hardware, Venetian glass mirrors and a zinc apron tub adding warmth. From the moment you enter the home through the large Portella open glass and steel doors, it is obvious Anderson’s

selections serve to enhance rather than overshadow the surrounding views that pour in through floor to ceiling windows. “It is just a beautiful light-filled space,” says Anderson. “This is what a home should be like. It is sleek and sophisticated, but it is also inviting.” u DESIGN Bay Hill Design 512-374-0210 | www.bayhilldesign.com


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SHARON RADOVICH, PANACHE INTERIORS Dictionary.com defines Panache as “a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair.” A colleague used it to describe me and that’s how I got my business name. It flows into my design aesthetic as bold and strong elements, such as the chandelier in this room. It is 8 feet in diameter and suspended 14 feet from the ceiling. The shimmering dining wall is comprised of approximately 43,000 1x2 inch glass tiles. The clear and matte glass set in a vertical stripe pattern creates a watery effect as the light reflects across the surface. The room is grounded with a leathery cork floor, which is softer to walk on and absorbs noise better than wood or tile. I am a keen observer of nature and architecture — both play equally into my work. Juxtaposing the architectural lines of the chandelier against the watery tones of the glass and the warmth of the cork floor is an example. It’s soft and bold, simultaneously. The same can be said about Austin — harmoniously relaxed and vibrant. I believe in “keeping Austin authentic” rather than weird. I’m an advocate of supporting local businesses, especially artists and artisans. This project in Villa Montana was built in collaboration with Greg Mangum of Mangum Lewallen Builders. It is filled with original pieces of art by Caprice Pierucci, Kim Bernson, Hank Waddell, Rebecca Bennett, Amy Scofield and Roi James. Consider me a design concierge. My knowledge and skill streamlines the process resulting in a look that expresses the client’s spirit, not the latest trend. A successful job is an ecstatic client. Next year I will celebrate my 30th year as a designer. I’ve done everything from swags on poles to railroad cars and travelled as far as Austria to work on projects. This summer I’ll add Australia. My work has been rewarding and afforded me privileges and introductions to countless interesting people that have shaped my design aesthetic — which is perhaps a bit “Rad.” u


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Design | Outdoor


PAVILIONISM By Claudia Alarcon Photography by Dror Baldinger Two years after finishing an extensive remodel of an 1890-era residence in San Antonio’s King William Historic District, architect Jim Poteet and team were tasked by the homeowner to add a new pool and outdoor living space. The original home was built by members of the Guenther family, who had a mill on the San Antonio River just across the street, in the late 19th century. The proposal had to fit the remaining undeveloped corner of the lot and integrate with existing site improvements which both predated and were part of the recent remodel. JUNE / JULY 2017





he challenge was to add a new construction with a contemporary design that would fit with the aesthetic of the historic estate. Poteet designed the 16 x 32 foot pavilion of yellow cedar with bronze screening, which stands out for its elegant simplicity. “The concept is that the pavilion is abstract enough to be considered a landscape element,” says Poteet. “In this way it does not compete with the historic house or blur the lines between what is new and what is old. This concept is well accepted in Europe, where very abstract modern additions are successfully grafted onto historic homes.” The simple design and unobtrusive neutral palette allows the pavilion to interact with the adjacent outbuildings from earlier eras that sit on the other side of the fence. “I’m pleased with how well our contribution engages in a dialog with these older structures,” says Poteet. Inside, the pavilion offers a minimalist approach with ample space for the family to spend time outdoors in complete comfort. Amenities include ceiling fans, a kitchen, wet bar, flat screen, a flexible seating area and


a wood-burning fireplace made from unfinished, hard-troweled plaster, waxed for protection. The bar is made from the same Garapa wood as the deck around the pool. The pavilion cantilevers two feet over the far edge of the pool, and a large, central screened panel slides to the side to give direct access to the water. “The rectangular pool and the round spa — separate but connected by a runnel — were integral parts of our overall design plan. The pool and the pavilion have the same dimensions, just rotated 90 degrees. The particular challenge the owners gave us was to create a screened pavilion sealed against the vicious mosquitos of South Texas, which could also be occasionally opened directly to the pool. We wanted this door to be largely invisible when not in use, which was most of the time. It also had to be easy enough for a small child to operate. We spent countless hours researching hardware options and design ideas to make this happen.” The goal of the design was to use the fewest components and materials possible for a clean, uncluttered look and a fresh, open feel. The project’s neutral palette is designed to change over time as the unfinished timber weathers and grays and the bronze screen darkens and becomes more transparent. Adjacent to the pavilion is a 14 x 14 foot space which houses the kitchen, plumbing and serves as a garden shed and bicycle storage room. On top is a green roof filled with native herbs and plants that includes a variety of agaves which stand out with their spiky, sculptural shapes and various colors. The roof features integral irrigation so constant maintenance is not required, only periodic clean up. Next to the storage section is a cylindrical outdoor shower, painted blue and white and reminiscent of a vintage beach cabin. The muted tones of the building allow the blue of the pool and the many green hues of the landscaping and rooftop garden to be the main source of color for a very natural look. From start to finish, the project took about nine months to complete. Poteet and team have a strong relationship with these clients, and have enjoyed working with them in a number of projects. “They understand modern design, but also always put us through our paces on the functional requirements of any space we design for them,” says Poteet. “At the end of the day, the success of the pavilion is how well it functions for them in multiple formats — parties, family dinners, breezy afternoons by the pool — rather than its abstract design. I think we accomplished everything we set out to do.” u ARCHITECT Poteet Architects 210-281-9818 | www.poteetarchitects.com

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Design | Commercial

BELGIAN BAR Austin Style By Claudia Alarcon Photography by Dror Baldinger

Thanks to a nationwide upsurge in the craft beer movement, Austin’s beer lovers have plenty of options to quench their thirst, from local microbreweries to bars with multiple taps in a mind-boggling variety of styles. The latest addition to the roster is Mort Subite, a Belgian beer bar reminiscent of the famous beer bar in Brussels, Belgium of the same name. Long time Austinites will be familiar with the space formerly occupied by Cork & Co. wine bar, and will be amazed at the transformation accomplished by Dominique Levesque of Dominique Levesque Construction. 54 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |


fter completely gutting the building, Levesque played a large hand in designing the space, from the layout to the light fixtures, cabinetry and curtains, helping the owners craft a vision for a bar that was both laid back and accessible while also remaining clean and sophisticated with an Old World feeling. As with any project of this magnitude, multiple challenges arose. “We had to retrofit a building that’s designated a historical landmark,” says Levesque. “It was a crumbling, poorly laid-out wine bar which we had to convert into a contemporary space with a completely different aesthetic that was also up to code and fully functional.” Among other things, he had to make the bar, entrances and bathrooms ADA compliant, and replace old electrical wiring and plumbing. “It was such an incredible mess that we had to gut and redo all of that before building out the rest of the space. We also had to relocate the HVAC system to update it to code.” Transforming the dark, outdated space into a bright, clean and comfortable one was no easy task. The original bar struc-

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ture — a large, S-shaped concrete form — was replaced by a mahogany bar with a quartz countertop that resembles a marble finish and adds contrast to the darker elements. The face of the bar is covered in copper panels that will patina over time and provide a subtle reflection, which tricks the eye into thinking it’s a bigger space. The original floor tile was saved due to budget restrictions. “As we gutted parts of the space, some of that flooring had to be removed. Matching the floor tile with new tile was somewhat of a challenge, but we were able to find a seamless match that hid those transitional spaces between old and new flooring,” says Levesque. The ugly dropped ceiling that housed all the original plumbing for the tenants upstairs was covered with new ceiling tiles, and farmhouse/warehouse-style pendant lighting from Barnlight Electric was added. The south facing wall was made of crumbling plaster, yet it was so big that Levesque knew he wanted to make it stand out. He sought to create a visual and textural contrast to the bar opposite and the rest of the sheet rocked walls, so he covered it with repurposed Chicagostyle brick to give it a lived-in feel — as if it had been there all along. The space was so small and narrow that layout options were limited, yet storage was one of biggest challenges to overcome. Levesque designed a mahogany bench that butts up against the south-facing brick wall and spans its full length to provide

storage underneath the seat. This serves as an unobtrusive storage space for glasses, mugs, paper products and other items. He also laid a concrete slab for a detached walk-in cooler off the back of the property to store kegs and other items needing refrigeration. Cabinetry, tables, shelving behind the bar and all other millworks were custom-made and handcrafted by Hill Country Doors & Woodworks, Levesque’s other company. “The emphasis on different colors and types of wood (mahogany, white oak and Douglas fir) gave the space a grounded, warm and Old World feel. And we were happy to be able to provide such a comprehensive woodworking service to the construction of the bar,” he says. The rich, heavy front and back doors are the work of Ivan Moses, Hill Country Doors & Woodworks’ head designer and sales manager. The solid white oak, pivot doors operate with ease but feature the old, well-worn look and feel found throughout the bar. To soften the front windows and add a touch of color, custom-made curtains in a classic linen fabric in slate blue were designed to contrast with the warmer elements in the space. In this welcoming environment, the impressive selection of 20 Belgian beers on tap and over 40 by the bottle taste even fresher. Morte Subite may translate to “sudden death,” but as Austin’s only bar dedicated to Belgian beer and spirits, Belgian beer lovers will feel like they have died and gone to heaven. u

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BUILDER Dominique Levesque Construction 512-633-1419 | www.dominiquelevesque.com |




THE GREAT OUTDOORS As more people discover the beauty of custom iron work for their home’s interior, it’s only natural to extend that aesthetic to enhance their outdoor surroundings. With endless designs for both traditional and contemporary homes, expert advice from professionals, and the desire for that all-important curb appeal, the sky’s the limit.

Homeowners are often pleasantly surprised at the affordability of many outdoor custom iron products, considering that iron is built to last. San Marcos Iron Doors has created their own special paint to help protect the metal from the elements while adding a designer touch with a variety of colors. Although basic black is a popular choice for projects like railings and fences, silver paint gives the appearance of chrome or stainless steel for an ultra-sleek look. For those who choose a custom iron door, it’s possible to 56 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |

design matching double doors for the windows on either side for an overall look of elegance. Simple or ornate, modern or traditional, balcony railings on the upper floors and walkways or courtyard gates opening to gardens lend romantic and whimsical touches while considering safety and security. Homeowners are also increasingly choosing metal window frames for a striking architectural element in contemporary designs that feature expanses of glass. One adventurous homeowner made the supreme outdoor

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statement with a magnificent spiral staircase that provides outdoor access from the third story master bedroom’s private terrace to the ground level and yard — constructed and installed as one complete piece. Because of the size of the project, the scrollwork was minimal and matched to the balcony railings for continuity. Iron garage doors provide excellent insulation from cold and heat to help protect the contents of the garage. A heavy duty garage door mechanism is required to operate it, but a custom iron garage door is the ultimate in luxury. Matching metal lighting sconces complete the look. With security becoming a growing concern, custom iron driveway gates are the perfect combination of form and function, providing the ultimate in protection with a stylish addition that blends with the home’s original design. Lighting sconces can also be added here and throughout the property for safety and convenience. From ornamental fencing and railings to gates, garages and more, custom iron work brings a whole new dimension of luxury and enjoyment to your home both inside and out. Happy summer! u

A STATEMENT IN STONE Elegant and eye-catching, Cantera stone is a stunning complement to iron work. Using this quarried volcanic rock from Mexico and Central America, San Marcos Iron Doors fabricates an extensive array of architectural elements including columns, balustrades, outdoor fireplaces, fountains, window frames and more. The softness of the stone allows for detailed carving and cutting, adding a graceful look to any interior or exterior in styles such as Tuscan, Doric, Mediterranean, Colonial, Greco-Roman and Gothic. Cantera stone is also practical, with a texture and durability that makes a perfect poolside surface as the stone quickly absorbs water to reduce slipping. The talented designers and artisans at San Marcos Iron Doors are experienced in bringing Cantera stone to life in a one-of-akind statement for any home.

San Marcos Iron Doors is the premiere custom wrought iron door and Cantera stone company in the market with 35 years’ experience in handcrafted doors, railings, staircases, furniture, sculptures and much more. They have four Texas locations with showrooms at 2525 IH35 South, San Marcos, 512-949-3667; 219 West Nakoma, San Antonio, 210-651-3201; and their newest location in San Antonio at 18730 Stone Oak Parkway, 210-446-4459. For more information, visit www.sanmarcosirondoors.com. JUNE / JULY 2017





LANDSCAPING: From Dream to Design By Julie Catalano Photography by Viewpoint-Imagery

The right landscaping will take a simply beautiful home to simply spectacular. The picturesque combination of lush foliage and custom architectural details will add significant value on many levels. After all, what homeowner doesn’t harbor visions of the perfect landscape?


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Whether a landscaping dream is one colorful flower bed or the entire surroundings of a million-dollar home, it’s best to go straight to the professionals. Working with an experienced landscape designer from the beginning helps ensure that a project is done right the first time, taking into account the unique challenges of the area. “Landscapes in Texas have to be able to handle droughts in the summer and heavy rains in the spring,” says Jorge Gamez, senior designer at Acacia Landscape and Design in Boerne, a full-service, family-owned landscaping firm with nearly 20 years of experience in Central Texas. The firm has mastered fixing elevation issues with the use of retaining walls in even the rockiest terrains. “A shallow rock shelf means there may only be four inches of soil before you hit rock. In the Hill Country there are elevation changes with sheer drops and large hills,” says Gamez, “Deer and wild pigs can wreak havoc with plantings.” When it comes to the wildlife, they rely on their expertise and knowledge of deer resistant plants. The team researches and studies which plants, trees, shrubs and flowers will work best depending on the project’s location. This includes the use of xeriscaping, an increasingly popular choice in many projects. The initial consultation is free of charge; it includes a yard walk-through, a discussion of needs and wants and an estimate. The small nature of the company allows its team to be involved in every step of the meticulous process, from estimation to design and installation. “We pride ourselves on our detailed design presentations. We will go back to the drawing board and refine a design and proposal until the client is completely happy. Communication with the client is key,” says Gamez. Brian Riebel, owner of Acacia Landscape and Design, adds that this is a key factor in customer satisfaction and repeat business. “We strive to cultivate relationships with our clients.” A recent landscaping project for a Stadler Custom Home personifies the intricate process of

tying all of the hardscaping features — patio, fire pit, retaining walls, driveway, basketball court and putting green — into the landscape. Riebel was the lead designer on this massive project, which involved redesigning the entire driveway, installing a multilevel drainage system, leveling sloping ground to build the basketball court, installing the large putting green’s chipping tees on different levels of the retaining walls, and creating the property’s pride and joy — a stunning water feature with multiple waterfalls. The designers also helped conceptualize the pool design and worked hand-in-hand with the pool designer/builder. “Working hand-in-hand with the contractors creates a fluidity going from the home to the pool to the landscape,” says Gamez. Outdoor living in Texas is nearly year-round, leading to a rise in trends like outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, along with walking paths, arbors, flagstone patios, fire pits and more. Even ornamental flower pots take on a new dimension in landscaping design. “Our landscaped pots are full of movement and color. Additionally, they are easy to maintain with our custom irrigation,” says Gamez of the company’s irrigation services that are custom-designed to fit each project. There is also a three-month aftercare maintenance program that includes irrigation maintenance, turning the mulch, adding color and more. Pergolas and pavilions are also gaining in popularity as Texas homeowners move back and forth from indoor living to poolside picnics and back yard barbecues. “Acacia has a wealth of experience when it comes to these types of structures,” says Gamez. “We will instantly transform a dead back yard into an outdoor living space.” Experience, talent and attention to detail — it all adds up to transforming a landscaping dream into a gorgeous reality. u ACACIA LANDSCAPE AND DESIGN 830-816-3200 www.acacialandscapeanddesign.com JUNE / JULY 2017




Department | Food


TOMATOES By Claudia Alarcon

One of the most ubiquitous vegetables in cuisines all over the world, the tomato was, at one time, feared and vilified. A native of South America, the tomato traveled north into modern day Mexico, where the Maya, Aztec and other native peoples domesticated and cultivated it. Early Spanish chroniclers described sauces prepared with tomatoes, chiles and ground squash seeds — precursors to our salsas and moles — to accompany fish and fowl dishes. In the early 16th century, Spanish conquistadors returning from expeditions in Mexico and other parts of Mesoamerica first introduced the seeds to southern Europe.


owever, a large percentage of Europeans feared the tomato early on. A nickname for the fruit was the “poison apple” because it was thought that people got sick and died after eating them. In reality, it was the pewter plates used by the aristocracy that caused the malady as the acid in tomatoes caused lead to leach out from the pewter, resulting in many deaths from lead poisoning. Other herbalists and botanists equated tomatoes with deadly nightshades and mandrake, a plant surrounded in lore and thought to possess magical and aphrodisiac properties. Hence, tomatoes were also known as “love apples.” Another nickname for the plant, “golden apple,” suggests that the first varieties of tomatoes brought to Europe were yellow or orange in color. Today, the Italian name for a tomato is still Pomodoro. The Spanish introduced the tomato to the Caribbean and the 60 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |

Philippines, spreading from there to other regions of Asia. According to culinary historian Andrew Smith, the earliest known cookbook with tomato recipes was published in Naples in 1692, with the author identifying the recipe as Spanish. Tomatoes took much longer to be accepted in Britain, where the plant was considered foul smelling and poisonous, and grown mostly as an ornamental for the beauty of its fruit. It wasn’t until the 19th century that tomatoes were accepted in the United States, slowly. Some scholars credit Thomas Jefferson and his experimental garden for the propagation of tomato cookery; others state that the vegetable canning industry that boomed after the Civil War is the reason for the widespread acceptance. According to Modern Farmer, cherry, pear and egg-shaped tomatoes were common at the time, but larger tomatoes tended to be lumpy and ridged. Alexander Livingston, an Ohio farmer considered the father of the modern tomato, changed all that when he started a seed company in 1850. “There was not in the United States at the time an acre of tomatoes from which a bushel of uniformly smooth tomatoes could be gathered,” he wrote in Livingstone and the Tomato. He introduced his first hybrid tomato, the Paragon, in 1870. He called it “the first perfectly and uniformly smooth tomato ever introduced to the American Public.” Today, home gardeners and urban farmers are favoring those odd colored, misshapen fruits for their unique color and superb taste. Heirloom varieties like Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, Black Krim, Yellow Pear, Green Zebra and Mortgage Lifter are open-pollinated varieties popular in our Central Texas region, available in nurseries and farmers’ markets. And we know that tomatoes are not only not poisonous, but loaded with antioxidants and beneficial phytochemicals. If you’ve ever grown your own, you know there is nothing that can top a just-picked juicy tomato, still warm from the sun, with a sprinkle of sea salt. You can make a nutritious and refreshing gazpacho, or try your hand at a favorite salsa recipe. Either way you slice them, tomatoes are the most prized staple of summer, our reward for gardening in the heat of Central Texas. u

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The back yard is more than a lawn that needs mowing. More and more homeowners are creating a natural extension of inside living space to carefree entertaining and relaxing out of doors. Find out about ways to spruce up your space or overhaul your patio for an ultimate back yard experience. BRING YOUR LIVING ROOM OUTSIDE An outdoor living room can be created by including comfortable seating, floor KAYVON LEATH, Executive Director, covering and design elements. A wide vaAustin NARI riety of options exist for patio furniture. Advances in materials for products such as Polywood® or Ratana are low maintenance and weather resistant with longer lifespans. If you already have seating, consider purchasing new cushions to bring life to older furniture. One of the best benefits of new cushions is the use of sun MARTHA BIZZELL, resistant fabric such as Sunbrella® that Executive Director, NARI San Antonio extends the life of your cushions. Next look for accessories to create a welcoming experience. Outdoor rugs help define your living space. Incorporate other decorative elements such as lanterns, garden seats, oversized floor pillows and baskets that can be used for function and decoration. OUTDOOR KITCHENS If an outdoor living room isn’t enough to entice family and friends to the back yard, an outdoor kitchen will. Grills, refrigerators and counters provide a natural gathering place. A qualified remodeler can develop a plan to maximize back yard space and ensure all products are installed correctly, and be sure to describe what your family enjoys eating — a wood burning pizza oven or a Big Green Egg® for smoking meats may be essential. ENTERTAINMENT Don’t forget to incorporate music and/or a TV. Speakers can mounted or “hidden” in the garden as “rocks.” If a TV will be incorporated, knowing this in advance can help your remodeler plan for low-voltage wiring and spacing for the ultimate sound. Whether you’re looking for an update or a complete remodel, back yard living provides a fun, safe way to get outside and enjoy the good life. u

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Department | Fabulous Finds



By Julie Catalano Photography courtesy of Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau VICTORIA COURTHOUSE

Nicknamed the CrossLocation, location, location roads because of its unique location, Victoria was found— as important in travel ed by Mexican rancher and as it is in real estate. impresario Martín de León in 1824 and named Nuestra The town of Victoria would Señora de Guadalupe de Jebe popular no matter sus Victoria, after the first president of Mexico. Victoria where it was, but at a County is the only county in mere two hours from Texas where all six flags flew — Spain, France, Mexico, ReAustin, San Antonio, public of Texas, United States Houston and Corpus Christi, of America and the Confederate States of America. it’s a delightful day trip The city’s largest park and for millions of Texans. indisputable gathering spot is 562-acre Riverside Park. Amenities abound with baseball and playground facilities, public boat ramp, exercise trail, 200 picnic areas, kayak and canoe trails on the Guadalupe River, and Riverside Golf Course, a public course featuring 27 holes of golf played in three 18-hole combinations. While at the park, visit four of the six interpretive displays that are part of Phase I of Victoria’s Trail through Time driving tour. “Six more are coming soon,” says Joel Novosad, director of Explore Victoria, the Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau. “These are museum quality exhibits that tell interesting stories about people and events in Victoria. We’re really proud of them.” The Old Victoria Driving Tour features more than 80 properties, many of them listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Pick up a brochure at the Victoria Visitor Center and allow plenty of time to ooh and aah over the Neoclassical Revival, Craftsman, Classical Greek and Victorian architecture showcased in these magnificent homes. Get a history fix at the Museum of the Coastal Bend, a proud member of 62 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |

the La Salle Odyssey Project, where each of seven Texas Gulf Coast museums covers a segment of the story of French explorers in the state. Their Fort St. Louis exhibition explores the first French settlement in Victoria County. Victoria zoomed into the record books this year, hosting its first Texas Mile event, and they’re getting ready to do it again October 27-29 at the Victoria Regional Airport. The bi-annual motor sports festival brings enthusiasts from all over testing the limits of their motorcycles, performance street cars, race cars and land speed racers. It’s never too early to get ready for the annual Bootfest blowout, a tribute to the region’s ranching heritage held the first weekend in October, complete with free concerts, vendors, a car show, fireworks display and every conceivable representation of the state’s iconic footwear. Artistic types will find plenty of kindred spirits here. “The arts scene has been well supported in Victoria for decades,” says Novosad. The Victoria Bach Festival recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, the acclaimed Victoria Symphony Orchestra just marked its 43rd year and the Nave Museum — the oldest fine art museum in the Crossroads area — was built in 1932 and continues to host exhibitions. Fortunately the town has ample accommodations at dependable roadside chains, as well as thoroughly charming bed and breakfast inns like Timeless Serenity, a restored one-bedroom guest house. Or the historic Inn on Main, where the Loft Room has its own private staircase leading to the downstairs kitchen. Victoria is also becoming a foodie destination, says Novosad, citing Huvar’s Artisan Market, The Sendera steakhouse and The Pumphouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar as just a few of many popular spots. To combine history and noshing, visit Fossatti’s Delicatessen — opened in 1882 and reported to be the oldest delicatessen in the state. For truly addictive chocolate chip cookies, try Devereux Gardens & Bakery. For more information, www.explorevictoriatexas.com, www.tourismvictoria.com TPWD and www.historicvictoriatexas.com. u


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AIA Austin’s 2017 Awards Celebration

The Austin Chapter of the AIA hosted their annual 2017 Awards Celebration on May 12. Winners of this year’s Design Awards include Lake | Flato Architect’s Blue Lake Retreat, Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects with Michael Dennis & Associates’ Campus Master Plan – The University of Texas at El Paso, Lemmo Architecture and Design’s Clear Rock Lookout, Alterstudio Architecture, LLP’s Design Office, Black + Vernooy’s IH-35 Redesign: Reconnecting Austin, A Parallel Architecture’s Lake Austin Residence, Nick Deaver Architect’s LeanToo, STG Design’s Seaholm Power Plant, Mell Lawrence Architects’ St. Edward’s Alumni Gym, Page’s Texas Capitol Complex Master Plan, Page’s The Cistern and Michael Hsu Office of Architecture’s Tilley Row Homes. Awards of Merit were given to Tim Cuppett Architects’ CORNUCOPIA a garden


shed, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture’s P. Terry’s Flagship and MJ Neal Architects’ Transformer. Anthony Alofsin, FAIA and Luis Jauregui, FAIA were elevated to the distinguished level of Fellowship. www.aiaaustin.org

CG&S Design-Build Celebrates 60th Anniversary Founded by Clarence and Stella Guerrero in 1957 as a family business, CG&S continues to be family-operated with their children at the helm and their children’s children working within the company structure as well. Through the generations, CG&S has seen and been a part of the changing landscape of Austin and of home design trends. Now led by Stewart and Dolores Davis and Billy Guerrero, they see the future of CG&S as a leader in its field — the go-to renovation firm enriching Austin’s unique neighborhoods. They anticipate the continuation of Austin’s home design evolution into one of the most progressive and desirable housing markets in the country.

PIRCH Austin Hosts Designer Matthew Quinn July 20, 2017, 5:00 to 7:00pm PIRCH Austin will host a presentation on kitchen and bath design by acclaimed designer Matthew Quinn, one of the leading experts in kitchen, bath and product design. The recipient of numerous national design awards, Matthew’s designs have been published in House Beautiful, Architectural Digest and Veranda. He is a principal in Atlanta-based Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio, founder of the Matthew Quinn Collection and has a newly released book, Quintessential Kitchens by Matthew Quinn: Volume One. The photo showcases his work and features a LaCornue range. 64 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |

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arts and culture


Interval At Ruiz-Healy Art

Whales: Giants of the Deep at The Witte

June 29 through September 2, 2017 Interval is an intriguing group exhibition guest-cuFERNANDO ANDRADE, rated by Hills Snyder and ESPACIO 13, 2016, featuring the work of Carlos ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, Amorales, Fernando An44 X 18 INCHES drade, Sarah Fox, Pedro Friedeberg, Nicolás Leiva and James Smolleck. The exhibition focuses on the interval or an action of waiting for something to happen — acknowledge and observe the anticipation — and be on the watch for the interval, the place where you are given a choice and a chance to add goodness to the world. Opening reception on June 29 from 5:30 to 7:30pm with many of the artists in attendance. www.ruizhealyart.com

May 27 through September 4, 2017

Echo and Narcissus at Blue Star Contemporary

Mary Case at Wally Workman Gallery

June 1 through September 3, 2017 This exhibition features the work of 2014-2015 Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Resident Chris Sauter. While in residence at the Künsterhaus Bethanian in 2014-2015, Sauter took interest in the posters PHOTO BY MINDY COHEN wheat-pasted along the streets of Berlin. The city is plastered with signs promoting concerts, performances and every other event. The thickness of the posters created a layering of messaging and texture. Sauter sculpted three-dimensional loudspeakers using the posters and re-sited them in the urban landscape. www.bluestarart.org

Radiant at Davis Gallery July 15 through August 19, 2017 The annual summer group show at Davis Gallery is an exhibition focused on radial compositions, luminescent surfaces, circular shapes and all things Radiant. The goal of the exhibit is to invite the audience to explore the importance of form, composition and tone by studying how each piece fits into the show’s parameters. Opening reception on July 15 from 7:00 to 9:00pm. www.davisgalleryaustin.com

Whales: Giants of the Deep brings the world of these immense and complex animals to life through an exploration of their diversity, biology and adaptation. Experience the evolution of whales, from land animals to deep ocean creatures. Visit the Whale Lab to explore the biology of whales and hear the voices of eight different whale species in the Sound Chamber. See authentic, full skeletons of male and female Sperm Whales and marvel at the life-size replica of a Blue Whale heart. www.wittemuseum.org


July 8 through 29, 2017 Wally Workman Gallery opens its first solo show with Houston-based artist Mary Case. Her work interprets organic forms with subtlety and spontaneity. Both intimate figure drawings and large abstracted landscape paintings are included in this exhibit, displaying the breadth of Case’s technique and skill. www.wallyworkmangallery.com

Landscapes: Transformed/Transfigured at Flatbed Press and Gallery May 19 through July 29, 2017 Through installation, sculpture and printmaking, Sean Caulfield’s work considers the ways our environment is transformed by forces of urban and industrial growth. The visual images and environments he creates blur boundaries between the biological and the technological, the organic and the mechanical; they challenge viewers to consider the implications of this merging. www.flatbedpress.com

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