Austin based artist Liz Murray featured in last Friday’s Art Walk at the Zemis-Morris studio will donate proceeds from the sale of her notecards to benefit Mason’s Odeon theatre.
A traveller of the Southwest, Murray favors small towns and is saddened by the loss of iconic structures such as one-screen movie houses once a feature in nearly every town. So she decided to find a fun and creative way to support the Odeon, combining her photography, passion for travel, and handcrafted notecards. Selecting 80 images from nearly 1000 photographs, Murray created blank notecards she is offering for a nominal donation. The cards will be available at Santos Winery. All proceeds will support the Odeon Preservation Association.
Hand-crafted and created solely with an iPhone camera, without computer manipulation, the images range from pretty to quirky. She favors objects in decline — rust, wood, fall-down structures — as well as nature captured in its best light. Rocks, sand, eucalyptus bark and even a burro’s back, shot up close, produced intriguing abstracts. For “pretty” images, Murray loves to photograph the very colorful Eve’s Garden in Marathon, an organic Bed and Breakfast famous for its papercrete construction and stunning interior garden.
The photographs were taken in Austin, Texas Hill Country, Pontotoc, Fredricksburg, San Antonio, Gruene, Marfa, Flagstaff, Oatman, Jerome, Wickenburg, Tucson, Hope, Bisbee, Truth or Consequences, Carrizozo, and San Diego. Specific locations include Eve’s Garden Bed & Breakfast, Marathon, Texas; Chinati, Marfa, Texas; White Sands, New Mexico; Gold King Mine Ghost Town, Gerome, Arizona; Gruene Hall, Gruene, Texas. Cards are a $2 donation and can be found at Santos Winery.