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Aaron Gist

Watch artists create, compete on Saturday

Salado’s first-ever Edgy Art Show will be part of the Wildflower weekend.

Local artists will compete on the grounds of The Range at the Barton House, creating their own individual works of art that you will vote on. The Edgy Art Show Competition will be held 11 am.-3 p.m. on March 22. Admission  is $5 and includes one vote. A $25 ticket includes six more votes and entry into a raffle to win the work of art that you voted for.

Artists competing are the following:

John and 

Charles Hancock

Charles and John Hancock -- also known as the Amazing Hancock Bros. to some --  are masters of low-tech print making and other mixed media printing. 

They excel in woodcuts and silk-screen prints, or mixed-media variants of the two. They also double-team on mixed-media prints, where genre and identity both blur. 

They are known to use exotic material such as mattress covers, plastic, metal flashing,  little mermaid bed sheets, recycled materials or even a good piece of arches buff rag paper and whatever is handy to print on.

Their work is peopled with happy clowns, morose little hobo clowns toting giant guns, wrestlers (Sumo and otherwise), pigs, livestock, more guns, insects, booze, crucifixes, broken typewriters, imported car parts, hot rods, trophy skulls and even kamikaze attacks on 18- wheelers.

Aaron Gist

Central Texas sculptor Aaron Gist currently resides in Salado, where he works in aluminum, bronze, steel, and stainless steel. Gist credits his knowledge in metals  and mold-making to endless experimentation, in addition to training he  received from mentor Lonnie Edwards, father Forrest Gist and at the University of Texas under sculptor Steve Daly.  

Additionally, Gist currently works  in soft glass as an apprentice to Gail Allard at Salado Glassworks.

Gist  holds an AA in art from Temple College, as well as a BFA in studio art and sculpture from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Chad Hines

“My work combines iconic and personal references with the surprise of design and content, presented through a juxtaposition of images and shapes,” says artist Chad Hines, who holds a Master of Fine Arts from Stephen F. Austin .

He has taught college art courses at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches McLennan Community College in Waco and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton. In 2010, he was hired by Central Texas College in Killeen as the head of the Visual Arts Program and Gallery Coordinator for campus visual art exhibitions. 

He lives in Temple with his wife and their two daughters.  

“Each piece is created by pooling my artistic skills and knowledge and incorporating both traditional and non-traditional skills and materials, such as carpentry, construction techniques and flooring remnants, industrial materials and coatings,” he says of his work. “The overall use of an intuitive process allows the imagery and structures to grow from unplanned responses and provides the most formative degree in fulfilling my personal expression.”

Benjamin Guenther

Benjamin Guenther has been making art since he could walk. 

He grew up in San Antonio and moved to Temple in 2001 on a full ride golf scholarship. He later finished his schooling with a Sculpture degree from Southwest Texas University. School is where he met his soon-to-be wife Allison.  Shortly after graduation, Benjamin landed a full time job as the lead sculptor for a company called The Fountain People. This is where he sculpted and theme-painted large water park rides for eight years. He often admitted that this was a dream job.

This was until he and Allison started to dream bigger, about starting their own artistic company.  These dreams blossomed into what is now REVELation Décor. Benjamin is able to use many of the art skills he has learned along the way to create unique products for his own company. This is of course with the help of his wildly talented wife Allison at his side. To view some of Benjamin and Allison’s latest creations, visit their website at revelationdecor.com.

Michael Tubbs

Michael Tubbs is a multimedia artist who merges traditional art materials and techniques with digital processes. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media from Stephen F. Austin State University. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Texas, California and New York.

Michael teaches graphic design and digital media courses as an adjunct in the School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University. His areas of specialization include vector graphics, videography and motion graphics. He serves as faculty co-advisor for the campus chapter of the American Advertising Federation and students competing in the National Student Advertising Competition.

Michael also works as a freelance graphic designer and videographer. He has produced award winning web videos for national and international clients including Proctor & Gamble, the National Cancer Institute, TomTom Europe and Robert Half Professional Staffing.

Wil “Boxfan” Menzies

Wil Menzies discovered glass in 1998 when he encountered Bob and Marie Snodgrass in Eugene, Oregon. 

He found his expression in the art of the marble, creating orbs of up to four inches in diameter. 

Wil’s more recent work incorporates blown glass elements with sculpture, and he uses the incalmo technique of merging separate blown vessels with powders and Graal. He is ever passionate about flame working and teaches workshops around the nation, including at the Eugene Glass School, as well as in his Texas studio. His work can be found in the collections of Dale Chihuly, the National Marble Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Pepsi Corporation, and the Wal-Mart Corporation. 

As founding editor of The Flow, Wil sought, along with his wife Jennifer, for a way to provide a bond among members of the lampworking community. That has been accomplished by developing relationships with the finest artists and sharing their techniques with readers of The Flow.