MECA is longing an innovative workshop series entitled “Sacred Soil: How Agriculture, Ancestry, and Art Align.” This six-part, artist-led series will take place one weekend a month from October 2019 through March 2020 with the final workshop culminating in a community planting event.
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 sustainable gardening practices, indigenous planting and irrigation, and native plants and conservation, among others.
Workshops are open to students of all ages*
(*Students 11 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an enrolled adult)
October 19, 2020: Hands-On: Gardening & Drawing with Julia Barbosa Landois
November 16, 2019:
December 21, 2019:
January 15, 2020: Hands-On: Ceramics with Angel Oloshove
February 15, 2020:
March 21, 2020: COMMUNITY PLANTING EVENT!
$30 per session or $120 for the entire series
To register please fill out this form
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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.
Francis Almendárez was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and is currently living and working in Houston, TX. He has participated in exhibitions and screenings in the USA and abroad including the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; Houston Center for Photography; Pi Artworks, London; CCI Fabrika, Moscow; GALERIE DIX9, Paris; and Westwerk, Hamburg. He is the recipient of a Houston Artadia Award, the Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship, and a participant of the ICA Moscow Summer School. Writing on his work has been featured in publications including D Magazine, spot Magazine, Artforum, ARTNEWS, and Glasstire among others. He has been a Visiting Artist at the University of Houston and teaches photography and art at Houston Community College, Houston Center for Photography and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Almendárez received an MFA in Fine Art (with Distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London and a BFA in Sculpture/New Genres from Otis College of Art and Design.
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.