Megan Stuart is a mixed media artist and Twisted Garage Art Studio, owner. Megan is a long-time downtown Elgin resident and is an active member of the Elgin community. You will find her volunteering for many art-related events… don’t be surprised if she hits you up to volunteer.
1. Why did you move to Elgin?
The housing market led me to Elgin in 1989. Humorously, at the time, I was appalled by the costs of a small bungalow in Travis Heights and Hyde Park in Austin. Now, they are sky high! But I do enjoy living in downtown Elgin and have made many great friends here! And I am thrilled so many artists are moving to this area!
2. What compels you to spend time creating?
It makes me happy. I feel a need to create. Some people make music, some write, some dance. I need to create something with my hands. I become completely absorbed. I enjoy the process of making changes and seeing where they take me. My initial idea may wharf into an entirely different idea by the time it is all over. Or several new ideas. And then, it keeps on going. It is very relaxing for me. I also spend a lot of time researching oddball things, so it becomes educational as well!
3. Tell me three things you’ve learned in the past five years.
A lot has happened in the past five years. The pandemic definitely added challenges that we did not face before. Politics have everyone on the defense.
- We are all scared/uneasy about something.
- It is so much easier if we help each other, so reach out to someone. Be that person. I knew this before, but it is so important now.
- It is okay to end that toxic relationship, even if it is family. Enough is enough.
4. What are you currently making, reading, watching, or listening to?
I am currently working on my Life Trophy series (mixed media) and “pierced” hearts (paper clay). I just finished reading The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott. I am also actively involved in The Elgin Arts Association, the Explore Elgin Arts and Culture event, and the Dia de Los Muertos festival.
5. Cake or Pie?
Cake, chocolate cake!