Navasota Artists In Residence

The Arts Council has partnered with the City of Navasota for an Artist in Residence program in the quaint community just 25 minutes south of College Station on Hwy 6. The Navasota Artists in Residence program gives two to three artists the opportunity to live and create art at the Horlock Art Gallery & History Museum. Provided by the City of Navasota, the house features living, studio, and gallery space, to create a unique experience and atmosphere for the artists.

The term of the residency is roughly five (5) to six (6) months; and will require participation in community events and programs. 

Each artist will receive a one-time $600 stipend at the beginning of the residency to assist with groceries, fuel, and supply purchases.

Fall 2021 Navasota Artists in Residence

 Saskia Becker

Saskia Becker 

Saskia Becker is a visual artist from Fort Collins, Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University with a B.F.A. in painting and drawing. Saskia’s work is well known throughout Northern Colorado, but she has also shown her work nationally and internationally, in Hobart, Australia, Dallas, Texas, and Portland, Oregon. From August 2020-September 2021 she was the Resident Artist at Half Crown Creative in Fort Collins. When she is not painting, she is climbing 14ers, running, biking, rock climbing or skiing. To learn more about Saskia view her art here: www.saskiabecker.com.  

Artist Statement:

Saskia’s current work explores the subconscious mind through the vehicle of dreams. Translated into paint, the work explores the language and visual landscapes of dreams. She is primarily an oil painter, but frequently employs sculpture and photography as aides. The end result aims to find a deeper understanding of, or perhaps get lost in, the dreamer’s psyche.  

 

 Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson 

Based in Ayer, Massachusetts, Lisa Nelson has a BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art and is an exhibiting artist, who has participated in art shows all over the United States, as well as in Mexico and Europe. Currently, she is working on a series of paintings highlighting the beautiful and unique wildlife that can be found throughout the United States. Her work can currently be seen at an outdoor art installation at the Hapgood Wright Town Forest in Concord, MA; at Gallery Twist in Lexington, MA; and at the historic Horlock House in Navasota, TX. To learn more about Lisa view her art here: PainterLisa.com  

Artist Statement:

I love maps. I have always been inexplicably drawn to them. I love what they say about a place, its history, and how it fits into our worldview. I love how they unlock the secrets to navigating our way through our world as well as finding our place within it. To understand the map of a thing is to understand that thing. My work explores this through the creation of each map while also considering what makes each uniquely beautiful. There is so much in our world that is fleeting and my work strives to capture what I can before it fades from our view. I do this by meticulously studying each subject and drawing and redrawing it until I find what is distinctive about it. I look for how the map can be abstracted until one is lost in the details of it and it no longer resembles a chart but more a feeling of a place. Once I find what I want my painting to focus on, I transform it into bright paint pigments transmuted by water with brushes until it becomes something uniquely mine.