Texas Artisan Feature: Watercolors and Counted Cross Stitch


July 16, 2015 11:00am - 4:00pm

Texas artisans tell their stories through their work. The Museum Store will feature pottery, artwork, cookbooks, food products, and literature from local companies throughout the summer. On select days, hear from the artisans themselves as they demonstrate their products and discuss how their own Texas stories inspire their creations.

Visit the Museum Store today to meet watercolor artist Kathleen McElwaine, counted cross stitch creator Posy Lough, and counted cross stitch designer Ceil Humphreys as they demonstrate and discuss their artistic styles.

Get to Know the Artisans

Kathleen McElwaine's lifetime love of painting has led to a career as a professional teaching watercolor artist. Her unique and instantly recognizable style reflects her childhood on an Oklahoma quarter horse farm and the views from McElwaine's window as life moved her from place to place. She is most well-known for painting longhorns, and using the commuter bus and train from Leander to Austin as a painting studio. Kathleen will demonstrate her painting techniques and showcase her new painting kits.

Texas resident Posy Lough has been translating America and American history into counted cross stitch kits for more than three decades. Lough recently designed and created a cross stitch kit in honor of the explorer La Salle's ship, La Belle. Posy will demonstrate an embroidery stitch for a Redwork Project.

Ceil Humphreys has been designing counted cross stitch patterns for her sister Posy since 1984. Ceil and her husband Wesley live in Orlando, Florida, where Ceil teaches once-a-week classes to homeschool students and enjoys being a grandmother. Ceil will teach counted cross stitch for visitors who wish to stitch a bookmark.