Gallery 35

Saturday, April 13 ~ 6:30-10:30 PM

A Premier Evening honoring the convergence of arts

Art Alliance Austin welcomes the city's most talented creative minds and creative connoisseurs to an exclusive multi-sensory evening, featuring and hosted by renowned artist Roi James at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery.


Guests will have the unique opportunity to not only see James’ collection of work, but experience his work interpreted in a custom multi-course menu by a local chef. Expertly paired with wines curated by one of Austin’s premier sommeliers, art-inspired cocktails, along with live music and entertainment.

Gallery 35 pays homage to the long-standing site of Art City's early presence at Laguna Gloria - a haven for the arts in Austin, located at Stephen F. Austin's homestead on 35th Street.

Gallery 35 is one of Art City Austin's signature fundraising events for Art Alliance Austin.

The Details

The Venue  +

This exclusive private evening will be held at the Russell Gallery Fine Art Gallery ~ 1009 West 6th Street, Suite 120 in Austin, Texas.

What's Included? +

  • Platinum access to Art City Austin’s 1st annual Gallery 35 event
  • Private viewing of a new collection of works by artist Roi James
  • Meet and mingle with host artist
  • Multi-course dinner + wine and cocktail pairings
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Valet parking included
  • EXTRA: 2-day access to the 69th Annual Art City Austin Festival & Convergence Fair – a highly curated selection of up to 80 local and visiting visual artists, designers, installation artists, artisans and makers showcasing and selling their wares – on April 13 & 14, 2019
  • EXTRA: Exclusive access to special, curated guided gallery tours & artist talks around Austin during the weekend – Available exclusively to VIP guests

Ticket Pricing  +

Price: $300 per person

  • Includes VIP Art City Austin Festival access on April 13th & 14th
  • Tickets and event access available to individuals 21 years and older.

Ticket quantities are limited and may sell out.


Roi James, fine artist & Host

By accident, at 28, I attended a life drawing class and within the first 30 seconds of the first drawing, I knew I wanted to be a painter. Seven years later I had my first gallery show. Within that period, I immersed myself in the discipline and techniques of the old masters. It was their tradition, drama, and majestic beauty that infused my early paintings with the dramatic play of light on human bodies or landscapes.

In 1998, I quit my full-time job to focus entirely on painting. Having established my foundation, I began to explore the uncertain world of abstract and conceptual painting. My new paintings are spontaneous and abandoned Meditations, appearing as quiet spaces or joyful dances on the canvas. My Constructs are architectural explorations of color and surface, simultaneously both painting and sculptural relief. Despite the contrast to my earlier romantic period, my commitment to form and beauty remains fundamental.

Learn More About Roi James

Gallery 35 spotlights the talents of local artists across all senses. Centered around the inspiration of a single visual artist's work, the evening's tastes, sounds and sights culminate in sensory experiences which unite into an evening that can never be replicated.


Food // Nic Yanes

Chef/Owner, Juniper & Uncle Nicky's

Native Texan, chef Nicholas Yanes earned his Associates of Culinary Arts degree at the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, OR. His resume includes positions as creative director, chef de cuisine and consulting chef at various restaurants and country clubs including Nana, Dallas Fish Market, Oceaniare Seafood Room and Coyote Ridge Country Club in Dallas and most recently Uchi restaurants and St. Phillip Pizza Parlor in Austin. That experience paved the way for opening Juniper in East Austin in 2015. In preparation for Juniper, Yanes spent time in the Northern Italian regions of Piedmont, Lombardi and Emilia-Romagna. Using notes from his travels, Juniper’s menu combines premier ingredients and old world technique to create comforting, yet inventive classic cuisine that connects the northern regions of Italy as well as other adjoining areas with Central Texas. Juniper gained attention and support as a rising star in the local community, boasting accolades like “2016 Best New Restaurants” in Austin Monthly, a top 10 spot in Austin American-Statesman’s “Top 25 Restaurants in the City,” and more. In 2019, Yanes opened Uncle Nicky's, a casual Northern Italian cafe located in Austin's Hyde Park neighborhood. Yanes partnered with Brandon Hunt and Zane Hunt, brothers behind Via 313 and Nickel City, and Nickel City partner Travis Tober for the concept. Chef Derrick Flynn (also of Juniper) helms the pastry program featuring assorted pastries, breads, and handmade gelato. Nick Intonti, formerly Chef de Tournant at Juniper, heads the cafe as chef and operator. Offering a relaxed and approachable all-day neighborhood dining experience, Uncle Nicky’s menu offers a selection of sandwiches, salads, antipasti and pane tostato, along with fresh pastries, breads, and gelatos.


Wine // Paul Ozbirn


Paul Ozbirn’s restaurant career began with the decision to relocate from Nashville, TN to Austin, TX during the summer of 2006. He had previously developed a ragtag résumé working in Alabama as well as in San Diego, CA. The decision to move to Austin came while on a trip backpacking through Italy & Greece shortly after graduating with a Bachelors of Business Administration from Nashville’s Belmont University. With a small network of Alabama friends as a safety net, he set out for Austin to begin what would become a career in beverage.

It all began at now defunct Vin Bistro on Kerby Lane where Ozbirn was first introduced to Italian & Spanish wine. His interest in a career in beverage led him to pursue Italian wine at the newly opened Botticelli’s in 2008 and then Wink Restaurant & Wine Bar shortly thereafter in 2009. The time spent at Botticelli’s and Wink correspond with Ozbirn passing The Court of Master Sommeliers’ Introductory and Certified exams, respectively. After almost five years at Wink, Ozbirn decided to spread his wings, take on more responsibility, and enter into management at the historic Paggi House. His stint at Paggi House was short lived as the demand for a Beverage Director at Parkside Projects became apparent. After a year managing Olive & June, Paul was promoted to Beverage Director of Shawn Cirkiel’s Parkside Projects restaurant group in the summer of 2014.

During his time at Parkside Projects Ozbirn was recognized with multiple Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence for both the Parkside and Olive & June beverage programs along with a feature article in the lauded Somm Journal magazine. He attended the first ever Advanced Course through The Court of Master Sommeliers and succeeded in passing the Advanced Exam on his first try in the spring of 2015, all while opening two consecutive restaurants: Chavez and Bullfight.

Ozbirn was involved in the renovation of historic Hyde Park wine bar Vino Vino in 2017, but has moved on to work with H. Mercer Imports out of Los Angeles. In his short time with Vino Vino, he attained yet another Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for their beverage program. Years of stewardship with the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas has led to a position on the Board of Directors as of 2019. Paul is still focused on completing his journey to becoming a Master Sommelier while also participating more deeply in the Texas sommelier community.


COCKTAILS // Travis Tober

A longtime bartender and accomplished mixologist, Travis Tober has 20+ years of experience at top restaurants and innovative cocktail bars across the country, working at nearly every position in the beverage industry. He has spent years creating and consulting on national beverage programs for well-known restaurant brands including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Landry’s, Hard Rock Cafe and TGI Fridays. Tober is now Partner/Co-Owner of Nickel City, a nationally-acclaimed East Austin cocktail dive and neighborhood bar opened in 2017 that includes food trailer Delray Cafe. Under his guidance, Nickel City has quickly risen to become one of the top bar programs in the country, drumming up a slew of accolades including Esquire’s “Best Bars in America,” Garden & Gun’s “Best Southern Bars in America,” CultureMap’s “Tastemaker Awards: Bar of the Year,” Time Out’s “Bar Awards: Best New Bar,” Austin Monthly’s “Best New Bar,” and was a top ten finalist for Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards for “Best New American Cocktail Bar.” Prior to Nickel City, Tober was Beverage Director at VOX Table and head mixologist at the Four Seasons Austin, where he elevated the beverage program to previously unseen heights.


DESSERTS // Melissa Carroll


Melissa Carroll graduated from the French Culinary Institute in Campbell, California in 2012, before returning to her hometown in O'Fallon, Illinois and to work at London Tea Room in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Her first experience in a professional kitchen, she was named their Pastry Chef and led a team of three cooks. She finished her Fine Art degree at Southwestern Illinois College and continued her foray into the culinary world at Peel Wood Fired Pizza in her hometown. There, she was the restaurant’s only pastry cook in addition to working several savory stations. In 2015, Carroll moved to Austin and soon joined the New Waterloo team as a pastry cook at South Congress Hotel under Corporate Executive Pastry Chef Amanda Rockman, a James Beard Foundation Award Semifinalist. Carroll was promoted to Pastry Kitchen Supervisor in December 2016 before transferring to Le Politique in August 2017, where she served as opening Pastry Sous Chef under Alyssa Hurlstone.

Carroll was promoted to Pastry Chef of Le Politique in May 2018, overseeing the restaurant’s pastry program and adjoining patisserie. Since coming into her position, she has been nominated for Austin Chronicle's Best Pastry Chef of Austin 2018 and 2019 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards Pastry Chef of the Year. She enjoys striking a balance between sweet and salty flavor profiles in her dishes, and is always seeking the next unique flavor combination that hasn’t been done before.



Bill Carter, Songwriter

Austin-based Bill Carter writes the kind of songs other artists turn to for inspiration and for their own material. Over the past three decades, he has earned a reputation for his own recordings and for providing songs for many legends of rock, blues andcountry, including The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Mayall, Ruth Brown, Robert Palmer, The Brian Setzer Orchestra and Waylon Jennings. Stevie Ray Vaughan’s cover of Carter’s “Crossfire” earned Carter a BMI “Million Air” award for more than three million spins.

Though Carter just about holds native-son status in Austin, his roots actually trace back to Kentucky where his father, Cash Carter was born. Cash was the son of William Henry Carter (Bill’s namesake). William Henry’s first cousin was A.P. Carter, scion of country royals the Carter Family. Like so many kids of his generation, Carter picked up a guitar after hearing Bob Dylan and joined a band after hearing the Beatles. He made his way to Austin in 1976 and soon met his partner and collaborator, Ruth Ellsworth not long after.

With all its simplicity, Bill Carter is a gripping and honest collection filled with his perceptive lyrics told through an artistic blend of folk, rock, blues and Americana.


Gabriel Rhodes, Guitar

Gabriel (Gabe) Rhodes (born in 1974 in Sunset, Texas) is an American folk and country music musician and producer based in Austin, Texas. Perhaps best known as an electric and acoustic guitar player, Rhodes is a multi-instrumentalist who has also performed and/or recorded playing piano, dobro, bass, theremin, and percussion.

His contribution to Willie Nelson's The Rainbow Connection was noted in the review of the record by the Austin Chronicle: "Most Valuable Prodigy goes to fleet-fingered Gabe Rhodes, who continues to hit in the big leagues". A Dallas Observer review of Owen Temple's Dollars and Dimes, commented on "the moody, understated accompaniment from producer Gabriel Rhodes and backing players [that] fits the mood like an old pair of Levi's".

He has produced and recorded projects for Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Kimmie Rhodes, Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Emmylou Harris, James Burton, Jimmy LaFave, Owen Temple, Paula Nelson, Dick Rivers, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Kieran Goss, Folk Uke, and Calvin Russell, among others. He has contributed to more than 17 nationally distributed albums in the last ten years. He also contributed production duties to Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster, which won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2005.

His composing and arranging work for film includes composing the music for the PBS-aired documentary Writ Writer and co-producing music with Bob Ezrin for the feature film, Babe: Pig in the City.

In 2013, Rhodes collaborated with Paul Marsteller to produce The Beautiful Old, a collection of new recordings of turn-of-the-century songs, with songs performed by Richard Thompson, Garth Hudson, Graham Parker, Jimmy LaFave, Will Sexton, among others. The Daily Telegraph called it a "super musical history lesson" and the Austin Chronicle described it as a "musical time machine."


Bale Creek Allen, Drums

Bale Creek Allen was born in 1968 in Hollywood, CA to Texas-born artists Terry and Jo Harvey Allen.

Bale was the first recipient of a four year degree from Boston's prestigious School of the Museum of Fine Arts after only 2 years of study. Because of his tenacity and exceptional body of work that was produced during the 10 short years after leaving the school, the faculty voted unanimously to award him his degree. Bale is the truest definition of an artist, excelling in a multitude of mediums such as bronze sculpture, painting, photography, neon, wood work, spoken word, music and theatre. This aptitude for multiple mediums has given him the opportunity to share his knowledge with others as an adjunct professor and an artist in residency while teaching at California State University at Fullerton, Texas Tech University, University of St. Louis and University of Texas at Austin, to name a few.

Bale's unique concept of taking actual tumbleweeds, tire treads and other detritus objects found along open roads throughout the country and casting them into bronze sculptures are arguably his most recognizable works. Like many of his favorite artists, Allen delves into numerous mediums and subject matter, never limiting himself to any one discipline. Because of his never-ending curiosities and strong work ethic, Allen has exhibited widely throughout the United States, Europe and other parts of the world as early as 1984. In an essay written on Allen's work by David Byrne of the Talking Heads, he quotes, “I see a life here, mirrored in this work, and a land, a region and country. All of it being explored bit by bit, first chipping away at the nearby-one's own life-and then, when some acceptance of that is gained, moving on to the interstellar garbage, and the questions raised by the space junk scattered around the desert of the world.”

Indulge In A Feast of All Senses

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