owned by Jason Siegel. Mr. Siegel comes from a family which has owned galleries and worked in art for many years—in Houston and in other cities. Walking into the Gallery Soco you immediately see a sensational choice of colors and of the very latest trends in art. Siegel carefully chooses his artists, then gives them his fullest support, not only in gallery sales but also by selling their works to the corporate world and to other galleries.
Gallery Soco has quickly become one of most interesting, premier galleries in Austin. Siegel has been called “a brilliant new entrepreneur of the art scene.” Be sure to visit the gallery when you are in Austin.
- From 1959 to 1968, Eleanor Martin and a few dedicated "artistic" friends spent many Saturdays and evenings painting together and learning together. The group usually met at the Martin’s house. The decision to show their work in a Gallery setting coincided with the availability of a business space in one of the original "downtown" buildings, which stood where the Arlington public library now stands. Eleanor’s son Mac and his friend Don Mebus were headquartered in the space, operating a recording studio and music business.
Mac suggested that Mom take-over the upstairs space just above the Martin/Mebus Recording Studio and show some of the art work that was taking over the Martin’s den at home. No doubt, James Martin - the head of the Martin household endorsed the idea.
Thus, in 1968, the Upstairs Gallery had its first public show. This original group of painters including Eleanor Martin, Al
Brouillette, Jane Jacobs, Steve Rascoe, Virginia Cobb, Sandy Rabitt, Larry Harris and others helped establish the Gallery’s reputation as a place for artists to gather and exhibit their work.
Less than a year later, the city announced plans for the new library and the Martins made the decision to relocate to a quaint house on Abram Street. The Upstairs Gallery soon became a family affair, with James Martin, adding encouragement, wit and good will, helping to hang art and electing to make the Gallery the work of his retirement years.
Mr. Martin passed away December 6, 1997. Mrs. Martin and her family will continue operating the gallery.
A priority of the gallery that continues today is the workshops and classes. Eleanor Martin has always felt it was important to encourage new artists. Offering classes puts new artists and emerging artists together in a setting where both can learn.
The Martin family, including Eleanor Grace, Mac, Martha Sue and J.T., continue to find a sense of joy in what the Upstairs Gallery represents - a place where artists can gather and visitors to the gallery can experience the joy of art.