September 16, 2021

Mary K. Cantrell

Mary K. Cantrell is an Austin-based freelance writer and journalist. She has journalism and women’s and gender studies degrees from the University of Texas and a fondness for covering local arts stories.

Jessi Kulow — master framer, art preservationist, owner of Renegade Restore — exits Austin

Since the moment Jessi Kulow announced she was closing her custom framing business, Renegade Restore, in late July, she’s developed a list 66 projects long of last-minute requests from...

After four years of renovation (and a pandemic), Austin’s historic French Legation re-opens

It’s often called Austin’s oldest home. Built in 1841, the French Legation was once an impressive estate for the French chargé d'affaires to Republic of Texas and situated on...

Setting Type: How the Austin Book Arts Center Preserves, and Promotes, Age-Old Practices

In a sprawling retail complex in North Central Austin, behind the BookWoman shop and adjacent to Half-Price Books, there's another book-centric establishment. Only the Austin Book Arts Center doesn't...

Funmi Ogunro looks to train her filmmaker’s lens on Austin’s freedom communities

“I always say when people think of Austin, Texas, they don't really think about Black people or Black people's contribution. They just think about Sixth Street and South by...

Making Martha’s Contemporary

I first met Ricky Morales, the founder of Martha’s Contemporary — an Austin-based gallery which focuses on early career artists and mounts color-drenched, eye popping shows — in January...

‘Building The American Dream’ documents Texas’ deadly construction industry

The Texas construction industry is often compared to the Wild West, a relatively lawless space with few regulations and repercussions yet a place where opportunities abound for those tough...

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