The Birds // August 12 – October 1, 2017

Opening Reception Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 10pm

Art.Science.Gallery. announces the opening of The Birds, the gallery’s newest art exhibition about ornithology: the science of birds. Work by 10 artists from Texas, Illinois, Florida, Missouri and Portugal will showcase work that is steeped in and reflective of scientific ideas about birds. Works in the exhibition explore topics such as bird migration, communication, taxonomy, feeding behavior, natural history, flight behavior, bird diversity and conservation.


Carol Cunningham (San Antonio, TX)

Carrie Carlson (Orland Park, IL)

Emily Coleman (Austin, TX)

Kim Heise (Parkland, FL)

Lauren Rochell (Austin, TX)

Lisa Rawlinson (Austin, TX)

Pat Falconer (Austin, TX)

Zoë Trautz (Austin, TX)

Rachel Ramirez (Olhão, Portugal)

Sarah St Laurent (Austin, TX)

This exhibition is dedicated to ornithologist James “Sandy” Beach (1947-2015), who was a wonderful mentor and friend to gallery founder/director Dr. Hayley Gillespie. Together, they ventured into nature with a sense of fun and discovery. The gallery asks students and friends of Sandy to send in photographs and stories for a memorial wall to Sandy’s contributions to our study of nature, which will grow throughout the exhibit (photos and stories can be mailed to Art.Science.Gallery. 916 Springdale Rd, Building 2 #102, Austin, TX 78702). Proceeds from this exhibit will help establish a new scholarship fund managed by the gallery in Sandy’s honor: The Sandy Beach Award for Natural History to help support the education and development of future generations of natural historians who are current students at Austin College.


Opening Reception

Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 7-10pm


Exhibition Dates

August 12 – October 1, 2017 (free and open to the public, donations accepted)


Fall 2017 Gallery Hours (beginning after the opening reception)

Tuesday / Thursday / Friday 12 – 6pm

Saturday / Sunday 12 – 4 pm

Monday / Wednesday closed


Closing Reception

Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 12-4pm in coordination with Sunday Slow Pour presented by Sa-Tén Coffee & Eats and our August Artist Pop-Up with Pat Falconer.


The following special events are scheduled to take place at Art.Science.Gallery. at 916 Springdale Rd. Building 2 #102 in the Canopy Building, Austin, TX 78702. Details and RSVP for all events at

August Artist Pop-Up:

Featuring the bird and animal illustrations of Austin artist and art instructor Pat Falconer, August’s Artist Pop-Up will be held on Friday August 25, 2017 from 6-9pm (artist reception), Saturday August 26, 2017 from 12-4pm and Sunday August 27, 2017 from 12-4 pm. Enjoy live music while you view The Birds exhibit, Pat Falconer’s artist pop-up and Slow Pour Sunday presented by Sa-Tén Coffee & Eats from 12-4pm on Sunday August 27th with live jazz music on the patio facing the gallery.

Bird Illustration Workshop with Pat Falconer: Saturday, September 23rd 4-7pm ($40)

Learn to draw birds with The Birds artist Pat Falconer. Pat has been an instructor at The Contemporary Austin’s Art School at Laguna Gloria for more than a decade and will be teaching a special afternoon workshop in black-and-white illustration about birds in the gallery. Registration coming soon!

September Artist Pop-Up:

Featuring artist Melissa Borrell, who will launch a new line of jewelry from her Austin-based design studio Melissa Borrell Design, our September Artist Pop-Up will be held on Friday September 29th 6-9pm (opening reception) Saturday September 30th 12-4pm and Sunday October 1st from 12-4pm. Enjoy live music while you view The Birds exhibit, Melissa Borrell’s artist pop-up and Slow Pour Sunday presented by Sa-Tén Coffee & Eats from 12-4pm on Sunday October 1st with live jazz music on the patio facing the gallery.


Founded in 2012, Art.Science.Gallery. is a crowd-funded art space dedicated to art-science fusion of all kinds. Located in the Canopy fine arts complex in East Austin, the gallery’s mission is to engage the public in the natural sciences through the visual arts. Art.Science.Gallery. exhibits artwork that is steeped in and reflective of scientific ideas; artwork that exemplifies the integration of scientific knowledge and discovery with a very thorough artistic process.  Art.Science.Gallery. is also proud to be a woman-owned small business and a Platinum-Level Austin Green Business Leader.


Carol Cunningham is a Texas based artist who received her BFA from Cameron University and an MFA from Texas Tech University. She is an artist in residence and co-director position at Clamp Light Artist Studio and Gallery where she divides her studio practice between curatorial work and personal research. She currently works at the San Antonio Zoo designing and implementing community programming for the south Texas region.

Carrie Carlson received her BA in Biology and Art at Luther College, an MFA in Scientific Illustration from the University of Michigan, and an MA in Printmaking at Governors State University. Since 2001, Carrie has been a full-time high school science & art teacher. She is an active member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and an instructor at the Morton Arboretum.

Emily Coleman is an Austin-based artist that likes to use mediums as though they are tools in a toolbox and prefers to pick and choose depending on what exactly she is trying to create. Just like tools, each medium serves a specific purpose that helps her to achieve an end goal. “I am always trying to teach myself new mediums because the more tools in my toolbox, the better prepared I am to create the vision in my mind.” Coleman studied oil painting, woodworking, sculpture, fine metals, drawing, ceramics, and art history at the University of Texas at Austin.

Kim Heise is an emerging multimedia artist who lives and works in South Florida. Her work examines the peculiar or ordinary relationships between plants, animals, insects and systems in natural environments, and addresses issues in environmental conservation. Her work dabbles in educational coloring books, watercolor paintings and interactive installations with artists, environmental groups and gallery visitors.

Lauren Rochell is an architectural and landscape designer based in Austin, TX placing priority on natural materials and native landscapes.

Lisa Rawlinson uses themes from nature and science to explore ontological concepts and react to the world. Working in water-based painting and photography, her work is about growth through questioning and the synthesis of ideas. Lisa received a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas in 1995. She was a founding member of Denton’s Good/Bad Art Collective, and for the last 20 years has also been a designer and art director in educational publishing.

Pat Falconer is an Austin-based artist with a BA and BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Her work encompasses a broad range of media from acrylics and color pencil to needle felting and embroidery. Her subject matter is drawn from the natural world with a special emphasis on birds. She also teaches art at the Contemporary Austin Art School at Laguna Gloria and UT Informal Classes.

Self-taught artist Zoë Trautz creates surreal and biology-based illustrations informed by her education in biology and psychology and her experience with mental illness. She is inspired by surrealism, outsider art, biological illustrations, hallucinations, human faces and artists including John Wesley, Jim Woodring & Salvador Dali.

Dr. Rachel Ramirez is known for her prints depicting flora and fauna, particularly that of the Ria Formosa, Portugal. Recently, she has introduced impressions of man-made objects. The majority of her works are created using ‘gyotaku’; a Japanese technique traditionally made as a ‘trophy print’ to record a fisherman prize catch. Ramirez’s work can be found in numerous public and private collections including The Alexandria Library, Egypt, and The Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Austin-based artist Sarah St. Laurent got into big trouble as a child for playing with matches. She can now explore her love of fire and heat in her work with encaustic. A love of art began as a child, and was expanded while she was studying horticulture, when art classes were as important to her education as plants. Since 2007, encaustic has been her primary focus. She has studied encaustic with a variety of instructors. Her work has been seen in local and national juried art shows and Austin’s EAST and WEST Studio Tours.


Sandy Beach & Hayley Gillespie birdwatching at the Mt. Lemmon Ski Area, Arizona, on a Natural History of the Desert Southwest field course in 2003.

James Harmon “Sandy” Beach III was a 1968 graduate of Austin College and also earned a masters degree in zoology. He returned to his alma mater in fall 1998 as Biology Lab Manager, serving for 13 years before retiring in August 2011. He loved to teach, loved the outdoors, and found joy in helping others learn about nature and see them enjoy it. He also taught science courses at Austin College, and took students on field trips to observe nature including the nearby Hagerman Wildlife Refuge where he was a long-time volunteer. Sandy was also an active member of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists, whose annual meetings he and gallery founder/director Hayley Gillespie attended together each year for over a decade.

Art.Science.Gallery. is pleased to establish with this exhibit The Sandy Beach Award for Natural History, which will be gifted annually in Sandy’s Honor to a student from Austin College studying field biology. Gallery founder/director Dr. Hayley Gillespie was a student of Mr. Beach at Austin College from 2000-2003 and they remained friends until his passing in 2015.

To learn more about Sandy, please read this article: “James ‘Sandy’ Beach remembered for involvement with Austin College, Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge” (August 6, 2015, The Sherman Herald-Democrat)

Author: Art.Science.Gallery.

Art.Science.Gallery. is an art gallery and science communication space in Austin, Texas, USA.