atxGALS mission is to give women artists more recognition in the art world by creating more exposure for them through unique, urban pop-up shows. Our goal is to contribute to each artist's success while also giving back to community by supporting local organizations that have a primary focus on women's rights and equality. Artists keep 100% of their art sales from atxGALS events, and a significant portion of the event proceeds supports the organization/s involved.
atxGALS art exhibits are hosted at non-traditional venues to create a more inviting and fun environment for guests. Our events are accessible, fun, and an open invitation to genuinely connect with talented artists that are passionate about their work and sharing their artistic process.
Since the official launch in February 2017, atxGALS has hosted over 13 events, each with over 250 guests in attendance, raising thousands of dollars for GEN (Girls Empowerment Network) and SAFE, a merger of Safe Place and The Austin Children’s Shelter.
We continue to support local women artists and organizations through our quarterly shows and partner events.
Monica Ceniceros co-founder and CEO - Monica is a natural-born artist who has had a love for creating art since she can remember. Growing up in Mexico, she absorbed the richness of a colorful culture that is reflected in her work today. She is known for her unique technique of colorful combinations along natural wood grains. By working with the imperfections of each panel, she reminds us that there is beauty in even the simplest of things. "We should embrace what we've been given in life, learn to work through our layers and imperfections, and transform into the best version of ourselves. We need to feel okay showing off what makes us unique...that's where true beauty lies, in individuality". Monica's focus in marketing and event planning throughout her professional career made her fall into the creation of atxGALS with Whitney Turetzky. Her passion for continuing to support the cause after their very first show brought her to the lead role of CEO and has been actively working on the group's growth and success since their official launch in 2017. Monica is the vision and direction behind events, partnerships, and marketing.
Whitney Turetzky co-founder and COO - Whitney is a contemporary mixed-media artist working with vintage portraiture photography to explore ideas about female identity. She considers herself a visual storyteller sharing a point-of-view. Working with vibrant colors to turn photos of women into glowing goddesses, she weaves a story of feminine grandeur-- using bold acrylic paint, embroidery thread, gold leaf, vintage collaged ephemera, and other vintage findings. Her work has been exhibited at Elisabet Ney Museum and featured in The Chronicle and CultureMap. In 2017, Whitney co-founded atxGALS with Monica Ceniceros after exhibiting together at several group shows earlier that year. She has lead communication with artists by guiding them and working out logistics before, during and after each show. Whitney is now the COO and continues to work with and consulting atxGALS artists to ensure their success at each show and beyond, is the vision behind event branding, and manages atxGALS social media.