Press Release

Raw 1899’s first exhibit of the year, “Sin Hogar” (homeless in Spanish), closes Saturday January 27. It features local photographer James Hall’s powerful images of the homeless. His photography has appeared in numerous magazines and online publications around the world, including The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, and Men’s Health. For the duration of the show, donations will be accepted at Raw 1899 for “Somebody’s Rusty,” a nondenominational ministry based out of San Angelo’s First United Methodist Church that supports area organizations dedicated to helping our city’s homeless men and women.

Calina Mishay Johnson’s honest, emotional and fantastically experiential art will take its place at Raw 1899 beginning Thursday, February 1 and ending Wednesday, February 28. 38 North Chadbourne Street San Angelo, Texas 76903 325.703.6899 A native West Texan currently living in Abilene, her art reflects years of hardships, inner conflict, and heartbreak, as well as elements hope and even humor. Calina’s (known by her friends as “Cal”) expressive strokes tells the story of our humanity and does so in a way that is real, true, and insightful. She began her career in 2012 focusing on one-of-kind commission pieces. Four years later, she expanded to include urban street art murals throughout Texas. One of her murals is featured on singer Aaron Watson’s album, Vaquero. Her canvas work is now exhibited in galleries in Fort Worth and Dallas, as well as in the finest Texas homes.

In this class, local artist Julie Raymond will teach how to paint freely and without inhibition. She’ll provide instruction on how to use diverse tools on a large canvas using various acrylic techniques. This class is for artists of all levels of experience, from beginners to advanced. Julie Raymond was an educator for 23 years, including 16 as an art teacher. Since then, she has devoted much of her time and talent to Art in Uncommon Places (AIUP), a nonprofit organization in San Angelo that she helped found in 2006. Through AIUP, Julie designs, creates, and gifts prominent and functional works of art to the community. The people she encounters through her work and extensive travels often inspire her paintings. Additionally, elements of unique dwellings, the architecture and décor of the places she visits, also are often infused in her art. Although painting is her first love — she has a special affinity for acrylics — Julie is a mosaic artist, as well. A portion of the proceeds of this class will be donated to AIUP and the Peace Pole Garden, “an internationallyrecognized symbol of hope and dreams of the entire human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth.” For more information, visit The cost is $200 per person and includes wine. To register, call Raw 1899 at 325-703-6899 and arrange payment. A supply list will be provided upon registration. The deadline: Thursday, February 1.

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