This is the first in our series of Meet the Artists of the Pushin Building Artists Studio.
Angie Alexieff – co-manager of Pushin Artists Studio
Angie Alexieff grew up in Chicago and Austin. She spent a lot of time watching her mother take painting knives to large canvases, creating beautiful abstract, but it took her 34 years to pick up a paintbrush. When she did she was hooked.
Alexieff prefers painting in oil, on her own hand-stretched canvas, with painting knives. She loves to paint big. Sometimes she paints in acrylic and she also paints tiny watercolor floral still lifes by the dozens. “Painting tinys is my yoga,” she says. “Painting in my studio is a completely different experience. I’m focused and present, which I love. However, I never know when I’ll be finished with a piece. When I’m working on a commission that can get stressful, but when I’m traveling, painting my tiny watercolors is just so relaxing.”
Her style is loose and usually colorful. Her mother’s influence is clear, and she’s inspired by her other favorite painters – Wolf Kahn, Hans Hofmann, and Henri Matisse.
Alexieff started Pushin Bldg Artists’ Studio in 2004, and she and Myra Dwyer now sublease to other artists. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Journalism. Alexieff is executive director of the local beautification nonprofit Operation PRIDE. She and husband Mike have two children and two cats. They have lived in Bowling Green since 2001.
Our next member meeting will be at the Pushin Building Artists’ Studio in downtown Bowling Green. We’ll take a tour of the studio and chat with the current artist members about their work. This week, we’ll share a bit about each of those members, as well as some photos of their works. In the meantime, read about the studio below.
In 2004, Angie Alexieff rented 2000 square feet of space in the Pushin Building where she not only continues her own studio work for Exuberant Easel! Studio, but sublets to other artists.
Pushin Building Artist Studio is located in a small warehouse space at 400 E. Main St. For a handful of artists in the Bowling Green community, family is about coming together in a homey loft type space to make art alongside one another. In total, there are currently eight artists who have a working space at Pushin.
Pushin distinguishes itself from other local art venues in that it is a working studio and not a gallery. As a working studio, as opposed to a gallery, Pushin is only open to the public six times per year, generally for the Bowling Green Gallery Hops and The World’s Greatest Studio Tour. The artists often meet clients and friends at the studio to purchase art. Pushin was started by Angie Alexieff and is now co-managed by Alexieff and Myra Dwyer. The studio has a waiting list of artists looking for space to rent.
Our first ArtWorks meeting of 2019 took place in the Idea Lab at WCPL – Kirby Branch. A great time was had by all and most everyone said, “we need to do this again”. As I got my hands dirty making a pinch pot, I looked around the table at my fellow artists and it was like we were kids again. Didn’t matter what we made, we were having fun sharing ideas and creating. Members checked out the pottery wheels, embroidery machine, sewing machine, printers for posters and heat transfers, heat press, Carvey, a 3D printer and button makers. I brought our ArtWorks logos and we transferred to mugs via heat press. Those who made pottery pieces will return in a few weeks to glaze their work and then kiln fire. We will have other play nights, for sure.
– In creative spirit, Janet
2016 ArtWorks, Inc. Members Only Juried Exhibition
Location: Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center on the WKU campus
June 3 – July 15, 2016
Opening reception is Friday, June 3, from 5-8 P.M. with awards presented at 7 P.M.
2016 Members Only Prospectus
In July, ArtWorks will be hosting our first outing for 2015. This will be to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee to view the work of Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. This outing is scheduled for Saturday, July 18.
This is free to ArtWorks members and includes bus/van transportation and Cheekwood admission. Lunch is not included.
There will be a $35 fee for non-members which will allow a complimentary single membership to ArtWorks for the remainder of 2015.
ArtWorks, in collaboration with the WKU Ceramics Department, will be hosting our first Ceramics Wood Fire Workshop during the weekends in June. Associate Professor Lindsay Oesterritter will be leading the sessions. Registration is limited, so please sign up soon if you would like to attend. For more details, and for registration information, email:
2015 ArtWorks Members Only Juried Exhibition
June 5-July 17, 2015
Opening reception is Friday, June 5, from 5-8 p.m. with awards presented at 7 p.m.
2014 ArtWorks’ All Kentucky Juried Exhibiton
Nov 21- Dec 20, 2014
Opening reception is Friday, November 21 with awards presented at 7 p.m.
7th Annual ArtWorks and Presbyterian Church Gallery Exhibition
Dec 5 – Jan 15 at The Presbyterian Church located at 1003 State St. in Bowling Green.
Opening reception is December 4, 5-8 p.m. for the Gallery Hop.
7th Annual Members- Only Exhibition
May 9-June 6 at the ArtWorks Gallery in Thoroughbred Square on Scottsville Road.
Reception is May 9 from 5-7 with awards presented at 6:00.
2014 AW 7th Annual Entry Form
The Medical Center – Women in the Arts Information
Brochures have been mailed for The Medical Center – Women in the Arts 2014 Exhibit. You can learn more about the exhibit, which recognizes the many talents of female artists in our area, by visiting Women-in-the-Arts. Download the full brochure with the entry form here: Call for Entries.
US Bank – Celebration of the Arts entry deadline is near:
It’s time for the annual US Bank – Celebration of the Arts show at The Kentucky Museum. Click the link for more information and to download an application. Entry deadline is February 14, 2014.
7th Annual Members-Only Exhibition, Spring 2014, date TBA
Slideshow from the All-Kentucky Juried Exhibition, November 2013