Located in the Hyde Park Historic District just north of downtown Austin, Gallery Black Lagoon hosts both local and international artists, yoga classes and workshops, and special events that showcase musical acts, art films, performance art and much more. The space is also available for private and public event rentals such as parties, receptions & sxsw events.
The gallery opened up in 2010, and is locally owned and operated by husband and wife, David Lujan & Singer Mayberry.
Location: 4301 A. Guadalupe Street, Austin TX 78751 (corner of 43rd & Guadalupe Street)
Parking is available in our shared parking lot with The Parlor Pizza Restaurant next door, as well as 70 parking spots below the office building directly behind the gallery available on weekends and after 5pm Monday-Friday, free parking on Guadalupe Street, and neighborhood parking.
Business & Gallery Viewing Hours vary by month depending on our current art exhibit. Please check current exhibit page for current viewing hours. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Singer Mayberry: email@example.com
Selected for the 2011 & 2012 Austin Awards for “Best Art Gallery” by the US Commerce Association (USCA) – “The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. - Press Release
2012, July 18th: Austin American Statesman & 360.com -
The building has been home to Gallery Black Lagoon for the past two years, but before that it was the Movie Store, with a sprawling mural of film icons, from Godzilla to sci-fi robots and, of course, one of the creatures from the black lagoon. (Before the movie store, it was a Korean restaurant and, apparently, an office for a private detective — simultaneously.)
When Singer Mayberry and her husband, David Lujan, moved into the space, they were aware of the Movie Store’s devotees, and so they found a name that seemed to tie it all together. They kept the old-fashioned marquee lights, and Lujan, an artist and versatile handyman, painted the stylized creature on the wall, returning it again to its rightful spot…” – Read more here http://www.austin360.com/arts/gallery-pays-homage-to-its-video-store-roots-2418478.html
2011: CultureMap.com -”With its unmistakable mural decorating the the exterior of Hyde Park’s Eastern border, Gallery Black Lagoon has established itself as a hip new spot for eclectic arts and gifts. Far from a stuffy fine arts gallery, the space doubles as a popular party spot, typically artist-driven and themed to bump up the weirdness factor. Best bets are with the photography exhibits or the semi-regular trunk shows selling handmade clothes and jewelry from local artists.” – http://austin.culturemap.com/mapdetail/gallery-black-lagoon/
May 27, 2011: The Austin Chronicle, Article on May Poster Cabaret Exhibit – “hallelujah, the repurposed venue is wonderfully expansive, making up for what it might be missing in cathedralesque height with a wealth of floor space and wall space. It works well, all the emptiness in the middle of each room, because there’s nothing to compete with…” - http://www.austinchronicle.com/arts/2011-05-27/poster-cabaret-bicycle-print-show/
December, 2010: Tribeza Magazine, Austin. Featured Gallery of the Month – “A new Hyde Park quartier is blossoming around the corner of Guadalupe and 43rd. Mosey past the line of quaint shops, cafés, and the colossal red bicep marking the Hyde Park Gym, and you’ll be pleased to discover that this north Austin community is mixing art into an already eclectic and eccentric area. With the opening of Gallery Black Lagoon in June, owners Singer Mayberry and her husband David Lujan, are erecting a new artistic culture on this small but certainly striking street corner beside The Parlor, the Mayberry family’s pizzeria, and the Hyde Park Theatre. “The community in Hyde Park is craving a more cultural experience. There aren’t many galleries in this area, and we were thinking this corner could be a new hotspot—our own little block,” Mayberry said. The gallery, though a spontaneous decision, is flourishing in its airy white space, with display rooms partitioned by a simplistic but charming archway. Since its debut, Gallery Black Lagoon has hosted an impressive inventory of contemporary works, and Mayberry hopes in the future they will be able to expand into a more multifaceted venue, open to art, music” and more. – http://www.tribeza.com/magazine_content/gallery-black-lagoon
February 3, 2012: Austinist.com, Tracie Chan – “Dimensions: Constructed Exploration & The Painted Print” Arts Review. “Jonathan Sanders’ wife calls him “a hoarder of random objects.” If that statement is true, then Sanders has impeccable taste in weathered pipes and tree branches, which make their way into his sculptures. Fusing found items such as railroad spikes, insect-devoured wood, and corroded pipes to concrete, steel, and resin, Sanders constructs pieces with modern, architectural lines…David Lujan’s latest collection of screen prints will also be showing. He features animals with geometric shapes, screen printed across multiple pieces of birch plywood…” – http://austinist.com/2012/02/03/gallery_black_lagoon_-_dimensions_c.php
November 18, 2011: The Austin Chronicle, Wayne Alan Brenner – West of East Arts Review. “This group show boasts striking art worth leaving the Eastside for Hyde Park…the intricate narrative pen-and-inks of Katie Rose Pipkin, will make you yearn to know the stories behind the depicted scenes. Some kind of Gormenghast vibe working in there, it looks like. Halfway into the gallery, there’s David Lujan’s huge rendering of a bee, and that’s a definite note of interest. The image itself is lovely, yes, but the method of reproduction is what marks this as serious goodness: screenprinted, as so many things are, but screenprinted on birch, using gum arabic pigments and transparent base. Thus: as delicate, colorwise, as it is large, and rendered as if with traces of the insect’s own honey. . .” - http://www.austinchronicle.com/arts/2011-11-18/west-of-east/
December 7, 2012: Austinist.com, Sean Ripple – “Drought/Fire/Ash” Arts Review. “Focusing on the devastation wrought by the recent fires in Bastrop in which she had a highly personal stake, artist Marjorie Moorehas created a body of work that is as much about healing and beauty as it is loss. The exhibit will feature landscape drawings and reclaimed found objects that have been transformed by the fires… [come to] celebrate the strength of the human spirit in the face of catastrophic events and contemplate the haunting nature of loss that informs all of our lives.” – http://austinist.com/2011/12/07/opening_tomorrow_night_-_droughtfireash_new_work_by_marjorie_moore.php
June 2nd, 2011: The Daily Texan, Article on The Austin Series Part One – http://www.dailytexanonline.com/life-and-arts/2011/06/02/gallery-black-lagoon-art-exhibit-showcases-local-color
May 17, 2011: AdobeAirstream.com article on May Poster Cabaret Exhibit – http://adobeairstream.com/design/poster-cabaret-celebrates-national-bike-month/
April 25, 2011: Tribeza, Houston- http://houston.tribeza.com/category/keywords/gallery-black-lagoon
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