Custom Silk Scarves & Mixed Media Abound at Rio Claro Studio
by Stephanie Bryant
Tucked away off Hopkins Street sits the picturesque boutique gallery space that is Rio Claro Studio, where Stevie Black and Adriana Mederos set up shop in September 2015. This dynamic duo made the move to Texas from the North Shore above Boston, where they owned another successful art venture along the ocean.
Enjoying how San Marcos chose them after making various trips throughout the Hill Country, they relocated to the charming suite in which they currently operate their gallery workspace. Attendants of their many events and functions often occupy much of the foyer outside the studio as well. Between Stevie’s astute mixed media and Gigi’s hand-painted silk scarves, this working studio is as inspirational as it is inviting.
In the ten months they have been in business downtown, the pair have become considerably engaged in the community through their participation in various Main Street activities, live-painting at Art Squared, appointment to the Arts Commission, and involvement with the Arts Advocates, while also hosting other local art events. Their passion for the growing art community of San Marcos is evident in their engagement with the city as they are always working with a variety of artists and many locales. This power couple often works together with their surface and textile designs, complimenting each other’s work with their varied skill sets.
A love of coffee is enjoyed between the two, and they have happily shared this with many of their visitors. Rio Claro has begun hosting casual meet-ups, called MugUps, on the last Saturday of the month where they often have live demonstrations in addition to light refreshments. Stop by the foyer, which has been deemed The Wosi, and be sure to ask them why at the next episode of MugUp Season One!
In addition to these morning gatherings, they have also collaborated with other venues to put on the 3rd Thursday Gallery Walk. An evening of art, wine and nibbles is happening monthly, including featured artists and live music often debuting for the evening festivities. With events and inventory constantly being updated, keep an eye on the Rio Claro Studio Facebook page for the most current information of what’s going on at this refined new shop downtown.
The craftsmanship exhibited in their works is impressive, with the many process’ taking anywhere from days, to weeks in order to create the final product. Gigi prefers the Serti method of silk painting, which is an intricate art starting with hand-made frames and choosing which type of gutta resist to draw the design by hand. The painting or dying of patterns is intricate in its own work, with upwards of a week-long finishing process that includes steaming to set the composition. Stevie’s multi-media graphics are available in many different mediums, with his ties and prints being easy favorites.
The studio has a continual rotation of featured artists, acclaimed jewelers, talented sculptors, creative designers, as well as other artistry, making for a great selection of gifts, accessories, functional pieces and much more. Stop by one afternoon between Wednesday and Saturday to chat with the owners and enjoy the choice selections available at Rio Claro Studio!