MECA is launching an innovative workshop series entitled Sacred Soil: How Agriculture, Ancestry, and Art Align. This six-part, artist-led gardening + art workshop series will take place on select Saturdays at MECA from January — March, with the final workshop culminating in a community planting event, free and open to the public.
Each of the instructional workshops will include gardening instruction and a hands-on art activity retailed to the day’s instruction.
Workshop topics will address such topics as
Workshops are open to students of all ages*
(*Students 11 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an enrolled adult)
Session 1: January 18, 2020: Looking to the Sun with Moe Penders
Session 2: February 1, 2010:
Session 3: February 15, 2020: Hands on Ceramics with Angel Oloshove
Session 4: February 29, 2020:
Session 5: March 14, 2020:
Public Event: March 28, 2020 - Free and open to the public!
Workshop fees / Cost:
$ 30 per session | $120 per 5-class workshop series
Please complete and submit a registration form, found here
Please contact Theresa Escobedo at 713-802-9270 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
About our Artist Instructors:
Julia Barbosa Landois is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist and educator with over 14 years of experience teaching in K-12 schools, community colleges, universities, and elder communities. Landois is a native of San Antonio, TX who holds a BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. She moved to Houston in 2017, where she has served as a garden educator for Urban Harvest, a professor at the University of Houston, a mentor for first-generation latina college students, and a founding member of MantecaHTX, the nation's first online directory of latinx creatives.
Angel Oloshove creates work that often experiments with painterly materiality, using atomized glazes to achieve surprising form and color. Her sculptural ceramics balance the priorities of functional, designed pottery against more transcendental qualities. Her 2015 exhibition Floating Worlds was selected as a Critic’s Pick for the April issue of Art Forum the same year. Her work has been included at the inaugural Texas Design Fair in Houston as well as Gallery Hanahou in New York, Front St. Gallery in Oakland, and several arts institutions across Japan. She was a finalist for the 2015 Houston Artadia Award, a nominee for the 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, and an artist-in-residence for the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft's 2017 Artist’s Residency program.
Moe Penders is a Salvadoran artist, whose practice is mainly framed in traditional photography. They moved to Houston in 2009 to attend the University of Houston where they received their BFA in Photography and Digital Media. Their work explores the social construction of home, intersectionality of identity and gender expression. Moe is interested in conversations which touch upon different social aspects which are relevant to their life and experiences. Predominantly focuses on themes regarding home and culture, as well as the systemic socio-economic inequality in El Salvador. They also works with themes regarding the LGBTQIA community, and their constant work to be respected and to be afforded equal rights within all societies. Their interest is predominantly in the traditional photographic process.