June 28-August 28, 2021 | Dougherty Arts Center

The Dougherty Arts Center is proud to host two Austin-based photographers; Sarah Luna and Michelle Gardella. Discover Luna's process of sculpture and photography, and her use of color, energy, and form to create a visual poem in luminous mo:ments. Then experience Gardella's eleven years of devotion to photographing River Story, a series exploring the reunification of women with water, and what it means to belong. 

The Gallery will be open for viewing by reservation, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays, 10am to 4pm. Viewing is available by reservation only. 



With a background in spiritual psychology, Luna is attuned to the essence behind all acts of creation. Her approach to the visual world is from a perspective of open curiosity and wonder. The subjects used in her artwork are ordinary materials that conceal an inner life that is revealed through the photographic process. As a result, the nature of the images in this body of work is mysterious and indecipherable, as if viewed through a veil. This process of sculpture and photography, use of color, energy, and form, creates a visual poem - a fluid, meditative, and thoughtful space for viewers to experience the work.


This ongoing portrait series of women spans eleven years and multiple rivers found across the United States. Gardella's photographs draw upon her own experiences of poverty and adoption, and explore what it means to belong. By capturing intimate moments between women and their families, she investigates what truly makes us who we are when the cultural definitions of class, success, and identity are removed. In doing so, the artist is able to inch closer to her own understanding of self and belonging.


Event Details

Ticket Information

  • Cost: FREE

Presenter Details

  • Name: Julia C. Butridge Gallery at the Dougherty Arts Center
  • The Julia C. Butridge Gallery is located in the heart of the arts district adjacent to the Long Center and Butler Park at the Dougherty Arts Center, a multi-cultural community arts center providing opportunities for creative expression to citizens for over 41 years. Visitors enjoy an exceptional 2,000 square feet of exhibit space in the main gallery, and an additional 480 square feet in newly renovated gallery space. The natural collision of creative activity at the arts center contributes to the gallery’s longstanding reputation among the arts community as an accessible and nurturing venue and incubator, ideal for emerging and established artists. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Venue Details

  • Address: 1110 Barton Springs Rd
  • City: Austin
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78704