Gene Golembiewski, a beloved member of the AFTS family, made his transition home on June 29, 2018. Gene was just 52 years old and was just starting to enjoy the fruits of his recent retirement as an accountant in state government. Gene was a humble yet charismatic man, driven by a genuine desire to do good in the world. He was passionate about taking care of the earth and conserving natural resources. He had a quick wit and great sense of humor. He was the first treasurer/accountant for AFTS and over the years, not only did he help with the organizational business needs, he became a sort of "father figure" to the artists in this community. In fact, his heart was always with the artists. Gene left us this earth too soon. His acts of kindness will be remembered for a long time.
Nayo has been an artist with AFTS for over 7 years, painting and creating his large, bright, and vibrant pieces of art. He was a quiet and reserved man who came to Open Studio to create. We have found out recently he worked in the circus for many years which gives us partial insight into the amazing faces he painted. We are sad to find out of his recent passing. We are offering a print collection of his artwork. His son and family will receive the proceeds of your purchase until 2020. AFTS misses Nayo and were thankful to have known him.
Austin, Texas is our wonderful home. It is changing so fast in so many ways that at times it’s sometimes hard to recognize where it is headed. However, we all know what this city is and has been to each of us and that we choose to be here for so many different reasons.
Recently, our amazing artists from the streets of Austin took on the challenge of interpreting the topic of living in this city and what that looks and feels like to them. The colorful, dynamic and unique responses were as varied as all of the things that make Austin so very Austin.
In our Special Collection: Austin Through Our Eyes, we offer exhibition-quality prints of that beautiful body of work. Your patronage fulfills an obvious financial need and also an even more valuable emotional need that helps build a path to self-determination for our remarkable artists.
Thank you so much for your support and if you’re in town look us up!
"I met another artist from AFTS. I saw that he was serious about his work. I thought I had some ability and decided to check it out. AFTS means helping out people who are down on their luck, who need incentive to keep creating."
— Artist ~ Clifton Hayes ~
"Enjoy proving my existence. Creation of art is that proof."
— Artist ~ John McPherson ~
"I am an opportunist…I am acquiring wonderful artistic materials to reach an end. I am on my way!"
— Artist ~ Mark Abelli ~
“AFTS is something to look forward to…an expansion of my sanity. I enjoy creating.”
— Artist ~Joseph Brunson~
On Thursday, June 20th the City of Austin approved an ordinance that would amend the city’s codes on camping in public areas, solicitation, sitting or lying down on public sidewalks and camping in downtown Austin.
Under the new ordinance, according to KXAN, the Austin Police Department will not be allowed to give our tickets or arrest homeless individuals who are soliciting, camping, sitting or lying in a public space in Austin unless they are causing a public health or safety hazard. An offense would only qualify for an arrest or ticket if they’re endangering the health and safety someone else or if they’re “intentionally making a public area impassable or unsable”.