November 01, 2023
Carl Block Pottery: Face Jugs, Cowboy Jugs, Musician Jugs
Eliza Epstein Jewelry: Rings, Necklaces, Earrings
Jane Reichle Embroidery: Nudie Suit, Cowboy Hat, Boots
November 4 - 19
Saturday, November 4
1 - 4 PM
September 26, 2023
Jon Langford & Jim Sherraden
Complicated Characters: Collaborative Artwork
October 16 - November 30
Mixed media artworks combining Sherraden's printmaking with Langford's painting.
Friday, October 20
7 - 9 PM
Master Printer Emeritus Jim Sherraden and prolific musician and visual artist Jon Langford have been collaborating since 2016. This exhibit, Complicated Characters, will be their fourth such show, featuring a blend of Sherraden's woodcut artwork and Langford's extraordinary drawing skills. The show’s title is a nod to the alter egos the artists took on during their collaborative process, and these are their stories…
Bishop Biscuit, aka Jim Sherraden, grew up in Bishop, Kansas, and worked as a teenager in the local orphanage's kitchen, developing an almost frightening understanding of the power of baked goods and pizza dough. Drifting West to Salina, Kansas, he started a combination pizza restaurant, bakery, and miniature golf course called “Pizza Putz,” to which he wrote and sang the TV jingle. This marvelous little thirty seconds of electric magic was heard by the passing bus of a country music act, who sought out Bishop and moved him and his pastry skills to Nashville, Tennessee. There, to this day, he mingles with musicians and flourishes with flour. He can't keep up with the orders!
Father Drogo, aka Jon Langford, is a complicated kettle of fish. Abandoned in his infancy and found wandering in a bluebell wood near Croesyceiliog in Monmouthshire, Wales, he was taken in and raised by the Friars of the old Priory in Usk. There he strayed into alchemy, winemaking, and graffiti. The walls of his wine cellar were dense with scratchings and daubed likenesses, allegorical compositions and visons of demons and ghosts that came to him in his cups. His ambition was always to travel and in 1995 he crossed the Atlantic selling T-shirts and totems for a local death metal band called The Battle of the Rocks. However, one dark night in Cincinnati he missed the tour bus. He has remained stateside ever since peddling his sketches and lewd songs.
August 18, 2023
August 04, 2023
We're very happy to present new work by embroidery artists Deborah Baker (Chicago) and Jane Reichle (Austin). From Deborah we have color studies, and from Jane we have boots. The pieces are small-ish, framed, and very affordable.
June 16, 2023
April 21, 2023
Harry Underwood: New Paintings 2023
May 2 - June 17
Opening Reception for Harry
Saturday, May 6
Harry will be in attendance
Harry Underwood is a self taught painter living in Nashville, Tennessee. His oddball narrative paintings incorporate stenciled images and hand-written text using latex house paint and no. 2 pencils. He employs a soft, muted palette that's nostalgic & retro, while his writing ranges from idiosyncratic philosophical musings to sharp political and commentary.
March 27, 2023
Opening Reception Saturday, April 1, 1-4pm
Smoke In The Hills
These paintings are my vehicle to poke around the hills and valleys of Appalachia and see what pops up. The mountains are full of stories, songs, and skunks, but the two-legged yahoos are probably the most fun. Amish, rednecks, crusty octogenarians, and burning bears collide to create strange bedfellows and tableaus. I’m riffing on the inhabitants, the landscape, but ultimately myself. Sometimes what I stumble upon is real, sometimes invented – it doesn’t really matter. The paintings are real, the rest is a mystery.
Kurt Herrmann ( b. 1972, Lock Haven, USA ) is a painter from the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania who does both figurative and abstract work, but above all is a colourist at heart. Two of his recent shows were featured in Time Out Chicago and the Philadelphia Inquirer, with recent shows in Tasmania ( Penny Contemporary ) , New Orleans (Octavia Gallery), Auckland (12 Gallery ), Philadelphia ( James Oliver Gallery), and Charlotte ( Sozo Gallery). His work is in prominent collections across the US, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, including Capitol One Corporate Headquarters (Wilmington, DE), Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York, NY), and Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). Recent commissions include large work for Hotel Del Coronado (San Diego, CA), and a line of beer labels for Elk Creek Café + Aleworks (Millheim, PA). Although his exhibition schedule is increasingly international, Herrmann’s rural Pennsylvania roots continue to influence his work. “I’m very aware of the fact that even if a painting was initially inspired by something exotic, or an extremely personal event on the other side of the planet, all my work is filtered through my studio in the hills of Appalachia,” he explains. “The colours, silence, space, seasons, landscape, even the rednecks impact everything I make. It’s inescapable.”
February 28, 2023
Art by Walter Salas-Humara
Music by Walter Salas-Humara & Ramblin' Deano
Art & Music
Saturday, March 18, 2023
4 - 6 pm
In the gallery
*Sadly, Jon Langford will not be coming to Austin this weekend. He took a tumble last weekend, hit his head, and has a mild concussion.
February 02, 2023
26th Annual Yard Dog Party
Friday March 17
3 - Midnight
FREE ADMISSION. No tickets, no rsvp,. FREE ADMISSION.
3 pm: Ethan Azarian, Alice Spencer and Brian Beattie
4 pm: Jon Dee & William Graham
5 pm: Bob Schneider
6 pm: Casey Neill & The Norway Rats
7 pm: Wild Seeds
8 pm: Churchwood
9 pm: The Silos
10 pm: Jon Langford & The Far Forlorn*
11 pm: Waco Brothers*
It's a Yard Dog party but it's not at Yard Dog.
ABGB is at - 1305 W. Oltorf, Austin, TX 78704
*Sadly, Jon Langford will not be coming to Austin this weekend. He took a tumble last weekend, hit his head, and has a mild concussion. The Far Forlorn and Waco Brothers will carry on without him!
February 02, 2023
February 01, 2023
Friday, March 3, 2023
7 - 9 PM
Tom Russell is a renowned musician and painter whose work reflects both a life as a world traveler and his years spent immersing himself in the culture of the desert Southwest. Born in Los Angeles in 1950, he graduated from the University of California with a Masters Degree in Criminology and taught school for a year in Nigeria during the Biafran War. He lived in Spain, then relocated to Vancouver, B.C. where he started at the bottom of the music business, playing in the strip bars along Skid Row. He has since lived in Austin, San Francisco, New York, El Paso, Santa Fe, and Switzerland. Tom has recorded 35 highly-acclaimed records & published 5 books.
Note to all you Tom Russell music fans: this is a meet n' greet, not a concert. No tickets or rsvp's, open to any & all.
January 19, 2023