Kick Off October with Beautiful ArtFall Biannual Art Opening at Sawyer Yards to Feature Artist Cookie Ashton

 Meet a unique local artist Cookie Ashton, while enjoying the biggest event at the year at the Sawyer Yards Creative CampusThe Fall Biannual Art Opening, a free party and art exhibit, is slated for 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1The Sawyer Yards campus includes Winter Street Studios, Silver Street, Spring Street Studios and the Silos on Sawyer. Ashton’s most recent paintings will be on view in studio 120 in the Silos, 1502 Sawyer.

Guests at the Fall Biannual will find work from more than 400 artists working in a range of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, mosaic, photography,mixed media and jewelry. The event will also feature drinks, gourmet food, multiple free valet stations and an air-conditioned, 25-passenger shuttle bus to Spring Street Studios. All are invited to attend and go home as art collectors.

The more you know about Cookie Ashton’s life and work, the easier it is to get excited about her inclusion in the event. Growing up in Venezuela, Ashton caught the creative bug early, when her mother bought her a "paint by numbers" kit. Since then, she’s never been able to shake it. Her work is rooted in a lifetime of commitment to the arts Her paintings reveal a passionate desire to continually explore, learn, and express her creativity. Over the years, there were many interruptions for Ashton, including boarding school, college, marriage and raising three children, yet she managed to continue to work and study art.  Ashton earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Upon graduation, however, she was gifted with a set of oil paints – and it was inevitable which direction she would follow. She initially began by teaching herself from art books, copying the old masters, doing color charts, sketching and stretching. Over the years, her education continued.

Ashton was able to study at many prestigious schools, including The Instituto Allende in San Miguel, Mexico, Glassell School of Art in Houston, Parsons School of Design in Paris, the University of London, Chelsea and University of London Slade School.  Ashton has also attended private classes and workshops with various artists, including Charles Schorre, Arthur Turner, Quang Ho, Daniel Gerhartz and Charles Reid -- all with completely different styles and talents. "I’m very selective now," Ashton said. "My evolution as an artist has taken many forms, but I always take a workshop or class from artists I respect and feel there is something about them that can help me grow. Constant experimenting and learning keeps my enthusiasm alive"

Ashton’s unique style incorporates all she has learned whether it be in painting, printmaking, ceramics, watercolor or assemblage. Her organic approach continues to expand and keeps her works from ever becoming static. Her work can be found in the Stafford Center for the Performing Arts, the Administration building for Texas State University, the Texas State Nursing School in Round Rock, Memorial Hermann Breast Care Center and Texas A&M University among many other personal and commercial collections. Explore the Sawyer Yards Creative Campus, meet new artists, including Ashton, and sip on drinks, while enjoying free valet and shuttle service between buildings.

For more information about Sawyer Yards and The Biannual Fall Art Opening, visit sawyeryards.com, or call 713-862-0082.  For more information about Cookie Ashton, visit cookiesfineart.com. She is represented by Laura Rathe Fine Art – and her work is on display in both its Houston and Dallas galleries.