September’s Friday Night Liberty

Friday, September 5, 2014
5:00 – 9:00pm


NTC Arts & Culture District @ Liberty Station
Gallery Openings * Art Studios * Dance & Music Performances

Go Back to School at NTC during Friday Night Liberty with free performances, hands on art making, open studios, galleries and museums!

See the Entire Program Here!

Find FNL on Facebook


Home ~ Bravo’s soundtrack

If you’ve ever had the idea that you’re not creative; that you can’t possibly make art that’s any good, listen to the lyrics in Phillip Phillips song. This is what I’m saying to you. Come to Bravo. Take a class or two. Feel free to create, to make mistakes and to learn and grow. Make this place your home.

…Settle down, it’ll all be clear.

Don’t pay no mind to the demons

They fill you with fear.

The trouble it might drag you down.

If you get lost, you can always be found.

Just know you’re not alone.

Cause I’m gonna make this place your home…

Creativity is Everywhere…

Some days we just need to make something. It’s in our human nature to create… art, food, gardens, relationships, chaos, order, space…

What is creativity? Wikipedia states, “…the phenomenon whereby something new is created which has some kind of value“. Another dictionary states that creativity is the, “production of something previously non-existent“. It could be anything. YOU can be creative in many ways.

A focus of my life has been about ART as creativity… I was born an artist and for as long as I can remember, I was making things. Coloring with crayons, painting by numbers, gluing things on popsicle sticks, weaving potholders, making “salads” in dixie cups from flowers and weeds… My life has been about Making Art, Learning Art (classes, college, etc), Exhibiting Art,  Teaching Art, Viewing Art, Collecting Art, Eating Art, Dreaming about Art (yes, I choose colors in my dreams).

And sometimes I just want to make a pie…. Since I don’t have a picture my World Famous Mocha Pecan Pie, ya’ll can look at my wedding cake instead. Here’s the recipe, which includes a gluten-free version:

Lauren’s World Famous Mocha Pecan Pie


9-inch pie crust (A graham cracker crumb crust is the Best!)

I now use a Whole Foods Gluten-free pie crust.



3/4 C sugar (I use brown or Turbinado sugar)

1/2 C maple syrup

2 T coffee liqueur or brewed strong black coffee / decaf

2 T butter

2 T unbleached white flour (or Gluten-free all purpose flour)

3 large eggs

1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 C toasted pecans

Preheat oven to 400°

Place all of the ingredients except the pecans in a blender or food processor and puree until chocolate chips are completely ground up and everything is smooth. If you don’t have those machines, melt the chocolate & butter on very low heat, cool it, and beat it with all the other filling ingredients except the pecans. Pour the filling over the pecans in a bowl and stir just enough to coat the nuts.

Pour the filling into the unbaked 9-inch pie shell. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350° and bake for another 30 minutes or until the filling is set but still moist. Cool completely before cutting.

Serve with whipped cream or ( YUM!! ) vanilla ice cream.

Make a pie! GET CREATIVE! Take a class at Bravo. We’ll get you started.