Austin's art patrons gathered at Mexic-Arte Museum on Friday night for La Noche del Patronato, a fundraiser for the museum's education programs.
The fun, festive cocktail party featured live screen printing, a silent auction with items ranging from textiles to sculptures and, of course, some beautiful art.
But it wasn't just the celebratory spirit that made this a night to remember. The night also served as the launch of the Mix & Mash Exhibit — now in its fifth year — which was on display with work from local and international artists. Claudia Zapata, curator of the exhibit, said that with the $100-$300 price point, this show is a chance for people to begin — or add to — their modern art collection. "This show opens up horizons," explained Zapata. "This is the kind of show for artists who just need that shot."
On 12-inch by 12-inch canvases donated by Ampersand Art Supply, jury-selected artists are given the opportunity to create whatever they were inspired to make. Those pieces are then priced at $100 each, giving almost anyone the chance to get in the art game.
For this particular show, Zapata asked a handful of artists to create larger works using multiple canvases. While the large-scale works can be purchased in their entirety, folks can also just select individual squares, adding a sense of whimsy to the collection. The art is on display and available for purchase until January 5.
Those catching a glimpse of the future of the art world on Friday included William Jackson, Sandra Rascon, Russ Troutman, Brent Ellis,
. Also taking in the show were members of Puro Chingon Collective (Zapata and Mexic-Arte production coordinator James Huizar are both members).
With work from artists such as Alexis Herrera, Nancy Hoover, David "Shek" Vega, Jonathan Rebolloso and Celina Garcia (among many), Mix & Mash gives Austinites the opportunity to invest in the next big thing (at a very reasonable price).
Mix & Mash artwork is on display — and available for purchase — at Mexic-Arte Museum until January 5.