MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

MASS continues the Close Encounters program with the Kansas City Plein Air Coterie, who will be leading a session in conjunction with group exhibition, Wally. Paint outside with Wally visiting artist and founding member of the Kansas City Plein Air Coterie (KC PAC) Lee Piechocki and his Kansas City crew. This Austin session is the first out-of-state group plein air outing led by members of KC PAC and you are invited! Prepare to use all your senses. The only rule is you must make marks from observations on location. The activity is open for interpretation and only as limited as your imagination. MASS will provide materials generously donated by our friends at Jerry’s Artarama (while supplies last!), but feel free to bring your own mark making materials. Expect pomp and circumstance as MASS welcomes KC PAC to Austin!


KC PAC erupted out of a long, cold, winter spent alone in the studio—toiling away at new work for new deadlines. In need of some balance to their rigorous studio practice, Lee Piechocki, Robert Josiah Bingaman, Kelly John Clark and Nicole Mauser set forth on March 4th, 2012, to get some fresh air, slow their pace, and make marks from direct observation en plein air. To date they have completed 63 consecutive weekly plein air sessions and have accumulated 43 Jr. members, 11 Members, 2 Sr. Members, 1 Scout and 1 Journeyman.


As an expression of MASS Gallery’s mission to create meaningful and significant moments for artists and viewers to connect, MASS introduces Close Encounters. In line with the continual effort to provide artists with the physical and mental space to challenge and develop their practice, Close Encounters will be a platform for them to reflect on their process while providing new avenues for gallery audiences to experience contemporary practices.

With each exhibition, MASS will solicit participating artists to devise a program designed to provide new methods of engaging the public’s curiosity, inviting them to participate intellectually or physically with the exhibition space, as well as the artist’s work and concepts. Open and broad, this prompt can be approached in a multitude of ways: performative, passive, or completely radical in execution or thought. Close Encounters is a challenge to the artist, as well as the audience, and is designed to provide a new way of encountering and understanding the creative process.

MASS is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.