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Rising Stars: Meet Kelsey Huckaby

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelsey Huckaby.

Hi Kelsey, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I went to high school in New Braunfels where I first started event coordinating and launched “Art Haus” at the Pour Haus from 2016-2020 until the pandemic.

By this time I had also been involved in managing the Art Squared art markets in San Marcos at the downtown square and curating at the Gallery of the Common Experience at Texas State University. By 2018 a team of artists including myself founded Studio San Martian which is in business to this day and turning 4 on August 15th!

It’s an artist co-op and shop space that sells local art on consignment and hosts community events such as open mic nights and art workshops.

I have personally since moved to Denver and gotten involved with a collective out here called The Medusa Collective, however, I’m still active with Studio San Martian remotely and whenever I visit every few months.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Covid was obviously a huge setback. It’s already hard enough to open a storefront, and even more difficult as a nonessential business in the arts.

There were times that we didn’t know how long we should try to wait things out and if we were going to make it to the other side. Thankfully we managed to take things outdoors and do some safer social distance events.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Lately, I’ve been creating portals in my work and playing with perspective.

I work with spiritual and esoteric themes in my artwork but also just enjoy playing around with the process and finding secret surprises in my paintings that I hadn’t planned for like maybe a dragon or a forest- the same way you’d find shapes in the clouds, I see animals and landscapes in my paint.

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
I’ve been printing my artwork on clothing for the last couple of years and dabbling with creating special edition runs of certain designs. I’ve made T-shirts, shorts, dresses, gloves, tube tops, and kimonos.

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Image Credits
Jacob Avanzato (,, @jacobiat) and Kelsey Huckaby

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