Fresh from the Studio

Thu Oct 27, 2022

Fresh from the Studio is a virtual program for W&TW artist members to share what they are working on now. During 10 minute presentations, each artist will present work in progress, newly finished artworks, recent or upcoming projects. Fresh from the Studio is your chance to see what is new and hear from contemporary artists. This program is free and open to the public.

In this edition of Fresh from the Studio, we will hear from artists Alicia Philley, Rosibel Ramirez, Ahn Hee Strain, and Amanda Witucki.

About the Artists

Austin-based artist Alicia Philley has developed an abstract language steeped in color theory and the tools of Op Art to tell personal, yet simultaneously universal, stories of the healing power of nature. The local trails, creeks, and gardens creep into her work process. The resulting vibrant hues and precise marks in her paintings, digital mixed-media, and recent sculptural works are ambiguous. Familiar yet unfamiliar. While reflective paints that color-shift based on lighting and viewer perspective point toward ideas about universal vs. personal memory and life experience. Philley completed the Hunter College, NYC, BFA painting program in 2005 and also earned a BA in journalism, 1995, from Southern Methodist University. She nis a founding member of the local arts group Ingrained ATX and a member of the New York Artists Equity Association. Her work has shown at art spaces locally and across the country, including Women & Their Work, Austin; Artspace 111, Ft. Worth; and Pleiades Gallery, NYC. Her current site-specific installation, “The Seeds We Plant,” is on view at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center through April 2023.

Rosibel Ramirez (Venezuelan American) is a Houston-based visual artist. Her first art lessons were in early childhood by her mother and grandfather, both visual artists. She has dedicated herself extensively to the fine arts by working with various media throughout her life and career, including bronze, stainless steel, stone, terracotta, mixed media, glass, and photography. Rosibel graduated magna cum laude, from The University of Tulsa, with a degree in Fine Arts (sculpture) and a minor in art history. Rosibel also earned a certificate in Digital Photography from Cornell University. Today, she works in her studio in Houston, where she has achieved a unique and particular technical expertise in creating one-of-a-kind artwork.

Ahn Hee Strain works and lives in Austin, TX.  Ahn Hee received her BFA in Visual communications at University of Delaware and her MPS in Art Therapy while in NYC, previously working as Art Therapist and Reiki Practitioner before relocating. Her past work with survivors of trauma mixed with her intuitive process and nature, pushed Ahn Hee towards exploring her own experiences through a creative journey dedicated to healing. Her use of bright colors and texture invites a warm and calming focal point, aiming for a safe space for the viewer to settle the eye. Ahn Hee’s self- declared ‘Uncharted flow’, meaning the pieces in her recent collection are meant to display movement, healing recovery, warming, calming and free flowing energy. The pieces capture the feelings and a moment without an intended destination or end point.

Amanda Witucki is an artist in Austin, Texas. She has been creating her whole life, but finally found her place as an artist through the medium of paper. To create her art, she is both scientist and magician: combining precision and repetition with whimsy and color.

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