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Old Building, New Designs

For those of you who do not know,  Austin Mosaic Guild members show work year-round in the front windows of Kruger’s Jewelers at 8th and Congress in Austin. It is an historic business in an historic building which I love to visit. The store owners let us show mosaics in

Here and There

Update on Shipping Spiky Things, which I posted several months ago:  The spiky portraits arrived safely back at my studio in Texas from the show in Illinois with not a glass shard broken!  Across the country, being uncrated and shown, being re-crated, and shipped, all without

Austin Mosaic Guild is Alive and Well

On Saturday morning at 8 a.m., Bob and I were at Kruger’s Diamond Jewelers in downtown Austin, ready to take down the previous mosaic show window, and mount the next show.   Bob is standing just inside the door of the store which has been in this location since the
door to stop #103 on 2013 West Austin Studio Tour

Looking Back

The past two weekends were open-house weekends for Glencliff Art Studio, which was stop #103 on the 2013 WEST Austin Studio Tour.  Dianne Sonnenberg and I, along with family and friends who helped, hosted a studio tour and a gallery tour of our mosaics and paintings.  For those

Tex-mex in the ‘Hood

Tex-mex Plate #5 by Lynn Bridge If I want to eat corn tortillas with butter on them until I feel sick, I go to Matt’s El Rancho in the neighborhood.  When I was a child, it was a small restaurant on East 1st Street in Austin, but the Martinez family eventually opened a much

Las Tortillas de Maíz por Favor

Tex-mex Plate #4 by Lynn Bridge, with ceramics by Roberta Mitchell To continue with passages from The Tex-Mex Cookbook: a History in Recipes and Photos, I give you a quote from Robb Walsh’s chapter entitled”The Myth of Authenticity”: In the early 1900s,

The Spread of Tex-mex

Tex-mex #3 by Lynn Bridge Back to the Tex-mex theme again- a connoisseur of Tex-mex cuisine has ordered three plates from my studio.  Not one is edible, but they all look as if they should be.  I feature one of them today, along with a quote from The Tex-Mex Cookbook by Robb

Who Works Behind the Counter in Your ‘Hood?

I walked down the road to talk with John today.  No business- it’s warm weather, and I don’t need anything dry-cleaned at the moment. John has worked behind the counter at our neighborhood dry cleaner and laundry for about four years now.  You’d be impressed


Tex-Mex mosaic by Lynn Bridge I grew up eating Tex-Mex cuisine.  At the time, ‘cuisine’ was considered too fancy a word for what was served up in Texas restaurants with woven sarapes and over-sized sombreros hanging on the plaster walls, but now scholars of cooking

80% of 100%

Watercolor sketch of Carver Museum’s 100% Exhibit opening 2010 Image copyright by Lynn Bridge Time is almost up!  The annual George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center‘s ‘100% Art Exhibit’ and silent auction ends at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 29th.