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Great Art Scare opens new doors for area artists (video)

By Bianca Montes
Nov. 13, 2013 at 5:13 a.m.

Kristen Stock, 21, of Victoria, sits underneath her paintings in her apartment in Victoria. "I think sometimes it's just the mood you're in," Stock said of her creative process. "I like creepy, dark, fantasy-type stories."

Art calms Kristen Stock. Whether she's picking up a pencil to sketch, choosing charcoal to draw or using acrylic paint to breathe life into her work, the process removes the static of everyday life.

"When I was little, I was antisocial," she said. "I would just draw a lot. That's how I got into art - it was a creative outlook for me."

Stock and more than 20 artists ranging from musicians to a live painter will come together Saturday for the second annual Great Art Scare, an event designed to pull together independent artists in Victoria and give them a platform to show their work, said event planner Brea Guettner.

"These kids were painting in their bedrooms and had nowhere to show their art," she said. "It's raw."

Inside Stock's bedroom, the walls are filled with her art. From mystical gardens to cult classic favorites like the dark and brooding Frankenstein and the ever-so-kooky Johnny Depp, the small space weaves questions of who she is and what her story is.

If anyone asks her, she says she is a simple girl, new to Victoria - grew up in Cuero - who works at MasterCuts in the mall, and painting is who she is, not what she is.

"People say they see me in my paintings," shrugs Stock, 21. "I am just trying to figure myself out. I think a lot of people see different parts of me in each thing, but I just don't see it - maybe I'm oblivious."

The common theme of reds, yellows and oranges found in her paintings may leave onlookers searching for a deeper meaning to the color - the story behind the art.

But Stock says she doesn't want to instill her emotion on to the viewer.

"I'd rather them take it how it is. If you tell people the piece is about this emotion or that emotion, it gets stuck in their head. It should be their story."

Last year, Guettner and her husband, Tim Lara, took their fight to stay independent from the pages of their free art magazine, "Come and Take It," and gathered local artists to celebrate their culture.

"The main reason we wanted to do this is because everyone said it can't be done," Guettner said.

Stock, who moved to Victoria less than a year ago, said participating in the event has opened many artistic doors.

"There are a lot of artists in Victoria, and I was trying so hard last year to get in with it," she said. "Just for people to enjoy my work is a big deal."

The Great Art Scare is a tribute to The Great Folk Scare fronted by music legend Bob Dylan, Lara said.

At that time, the group of musicians were playing folk music but were playing it to a generation of youngsters who wouldn't have been listening to it any other way.

He said The Great Art Scare holds a similarity to the folk movement because the art on display isn't what one might typically see in a gallery.

"This is art," Lara said about the works. "It's unknown artists. It's very raw, and when you get those types of artists out there, you get things that people have never seen before."

The art on Stock's walls is not perfect. It is not hung in expensive frames. It's not matted.

It's perfectly authentic to who she is as an artist: a girl who paints in her pajamas with no makeup and while relaxed.

She doesn't create a moment. Music is not necessary to drive her. She is a creature of emotion - and it shows.

"It's scary," she said about the process. "You never know what is going to happen or what people are going to think.

"It's art."



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