Peaceful Greetings and Happy New Year!
Snowflake shaped section of “Peaceful Waters”
TFI’s 2021 Holiday Greeting
For 43 years, my family’s company,
Technology Futures, Inc., has designed our own holiday cards reflecting a current event or trend. My father, TFI founder John Vanston, writes the verse and I design the card around the theme. This year we focus on the possibilities for civilian space travel as a great example of human imagination and technological ingenuity. Enjoy!
Current Events & Holiday Shopping Opportunities
Wrapped in Wonder – Market – Round Rock Arts Downtowner Gallery Closes Jan. 7 2021
Lots of gifts to choose from including my Magenta Blooms and Blue Flowers Treasures 231 E Main St, Round Rock
CAS Holiday Market – Creative Arts Society ONLINE Holiday Market
Click the link to see items from numerous for sale online from local Austin Area CAS artists
Celebrations Round Rock Arts, Texas State University Campus Closes March 11, 2022
Stop by the Tx State Round Rock campus, 3rd & 4th floor to see this beautiful exhibition. My pieces: “Fantastical Flowers,” “Midnight Fireworks” & “Spring Garden” 1555 University Blvd, Round Rock
Cypress Grill Group Show Rotating group show – Current Art until 12-20-21
Creative Arts Society sponsored exhibit – Stop by Cypress Grill for great food and great art! 4404 W. William Cannon in SW Austin
Zaviya Grill Group Show Dec 2021 to March 5 2022
Creative Arts Society sponsored exhibit Stop by to dine and see art. 1212 West Parmer in North Austin (Photo Credit: CAS)
Treasure Trove Hand-painted wrapping paper and misc. treasures and trinkets.
Aquatic Pirouette – The swirling ocean and twirling ocean life between the fertile land, the breaking waves, the majestic sky, and the twirling swirling life that inhabits them all. (NFS)
Many of my abstract works are a combination of abstract acrylic paintings and beaded creations or added beads, stones, and other misc. objects. Visit “
My Art” and/or my Slideshow to see more examples
Floating Flora (Still a “Work in Progress”) Created from remnants of the flowers and leaves I made from upcycled plastic bottles
Fantastical Flowers in PurpleCreated from upcycled soda bottles and beads It looks so great on the wood wall of the 3 Legged Goat!
Fantastical Flowers Created from upcycled soda bottles, a branch, and frame.
RePurposeful WavesCreated using upcycled soda bottles. Surprises under the waves!
Quirky wind-chimes created using a plethora of upcycled items.
These “Watch Fob Necklaces” were created using parts from watches.
RePurposeful Wildflowers – Acrylic painted background & upcycled soda bottle flowers
Wire & Bead Jewelry
I design and create many different styles of jewelry using a variety of new and repurposed beads and other items. Visit my
Jewelry page, “ My Art” and/or my Slideshow to see more examples. Contact me for pricing and other information.
Variety of jewelry to choose from
Melanie Hickerson, “1956 (West Texas)”
In addition to creating jewelry, decorative arts, and graphic design, I also am the Director of
, a non-profit that presents impactful original art, music, and dance through technology, media, and events. Art 84
The Summer of 2021, Art 84 presented
The Struggle and the Glory: The American Experience – works by Cornelius Carter with/at the Neill-Cochran House Museum. The exhibit has closed, but watch the virtual tour video along with other videos on our Art 84 YouTube channel.
See links in the text below for the short highlight video and the longer tango version
These two (
Short & Long) Tango videos are from the Closing Reception of the Struggle and the Glory. Hudson Marek filmed it and and I edited the videos.
Recent Art Exhibits
Three Legged Goat Mini Holiday Market, December 19, 2021
Thanks 3LG for Supporting local artists, musicians, and businesses.
CAS “12 Square EAST ” Group show at Link & Pen Exhibit closed Dec 19, 2021
At Link & Pin in front of my “Bright Bluebonnets”
33 Participating Creative Arts Society artists: Kat Zinna, Anca Thomas, Lauryl Eddlemon, Cristina White-Jones, Larry Akers, Lyle Adair, Shruti Mehta, Denise Schneyer, Joyce LaBaw, Betsy Denny, Matthew Tardy, Ann Yakimovicz, Leslie Kell, Steven Preuss, Linda Montignani, Mozelle Marks, Natasha Kanevski, Maggi Miller, Marilyn Rodriguez, Martha Kull, Eva Glock, Jane Fier, Lisa Zinna, R J Armstrong, John Berry, Carol Hayman, Lesley Bradstreet, Meena Matai, Gena Destri, Jill Robinson, March Mattingly, Helen Mary Vanston Marek, Kay Hughes. (Austin Studio Tour Stop #247) Link & Pin Gallery, 2235 E 6th St #102, Austin
Holiday Reuse Market Austin Creative Reuse December 2021
Holiday Art on the Lawn, Neill-Cochran House Museum, Nov 28, 2021
At the beautiful and historic Neill-Cochran House Museum
Thank you to everyone who stopped by!
Circle C Creatives Art Show WEST Austin Studio Tour November 2021
WEST & EAST Austin Studio Tour
Thank you to everyone who stopped by my booth for the WEST Austin Studio Tour at Circle C. We had a great turnout and tons of fun! AST Tour Stop #195
Participating Artists: Lyle Adair, Neelu Amar, Paige Booth, Katie Conley, Eva Glock, Elizabeth Jenkins, Gena Destri Keffer, Leslie Kell, Supriya Kharod, Joyce LaBaw, Doreen Landrum, Helen Mary V. Marek, Meena Matai, Adriana Mederos, Rhea Pettit, Teodora Pogonat, Vera Smiley, Cristina White-Jones, Amanda Zappler (1st weekend only. Tour Stops #189-203
“UpCycled” at Round Rock Arts “Texas Bluebonnets – A New View” &”RePurposeful Waves” Downtowner Gallery in Round Rock – Closed Nov 5, 2021
3-Legged Goat Solo show October, 2021
Thank your Three Legged Goat in Pflugeville for featuring my art during the month of October!
Austin Creative Reuse I’m very honored that ACR chose me as their August spotlight artist! Much of my art incorporates upcycled items – often purchased from ACR.
Thanks for the shout out ACR!
Art on the Lawn Neill-Cochran House Museum Sept 2021
Outdoor Reuse Market Austin Creative Reuse June 2021
Colors of Online Market Creative Art Society Summer 2021
Neill-Cochran House Museum Art in the Lawn April 2021
Hope for Spring: The Flower of Texas” Neill-Cochran House Museum March 2021
Hope for Spring Special Joint Video Project Virtual Tour Art 84 partnered with the Neill-Cochran House Museum to create a Virtual Tour of “Hope for Spring: the Flower of Texas” art exhibit. ( Details)
2020 Austin Studio Tour Outside & Virtual Exhibit: Elements of Nature: The Grandeur of the Unexpected Artist Talk & Virtual Show November 2020
Art for the People Gallery “Celebrations” Spring 2020
Change of Seasons
Art for the People Gallery Opening
Round Rock Arts “ReImagine” Texas State University, Spring-Summer 2020
Holiday Open House Group Show December 2019
Art 84 – EAST Austin Studio Tour November 2019
Three Legged Goat Wine Bar Solo Show, November 2019
Fall Art Show, Texas State University, Round Rock Arts Fall 2019
This is Round Rock” Round Rock Arts. The Downtowner Gallery, Group Show, Summer 2019
Art of the People “
Fun Fun Fun” Group Show Summer 2019
Art 84 – EAST Austin Studio Tour Nov 2018 & 2017