Houston artist Ivete Lucas is pictured wearing colorful hose. She and her husband constructed the tree sculpture which stands behind her, at Lawndale Center for the Arts. Her friend Zahira is to her right and the other two girls were the most interestingly dressed ones I could round up for the shot. Chris was tending bar that evening along with the two girls. Claudia is a friend and the shot is a set up.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Janavi in her studio. She is also a scuba diver and we had an acquaintance in common in India. Of this group, April Murphy is the only one that I have known for a while. She appears with a work in progress. Vincent Fink’s work is all about fantasy. Paige does abstract floral paintings. All of these artists were photographed at the Winter and Spring Street Studios Second Saturday open house.
This major art fair was held over the weekend in Houston at the George R Brown Convention Center, downtown. They had a lot of interesting contemporary art on display.
The Winter and Spring Street Studios had their fall open house with over 100 studios participating. Farrah Braniff just published her new book, “Moments That Matter”. Her studio is on Spring Street. She is featured in the Houston Chronicle today. Christina is an artist in residence at the Houston Contemporary Craft Center.
During August the art gallery scene in Houston is very quiet owing to our extremely hot and humid weather. Fall is still a month away, but the galleries were open in mass last night and there will be more this evening. Last night I visited Diverse Works, Isabella Court and 4411 Montrose. In the Eye is a close up of a small sculpture by Katja Loher showing at Anya Tish Gallery. The Butterflies are by Michael Crowder showing at Wade Wilson Art.
Jay Rusovich is a houston photographer. He is next to the model who appears in “Mother and Child”. It’s easy to find on Jay’s site.
The last three photos are from the August 29th opening for Lisa Harris at Fresh Arts located in the Winter Street Studios.
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This weekend the art galleries in Houston went all out. The first four photos are from the Big Show at Lawndale, a juried multi artist exhibit. Remaining images were at the Colquitt Art Walk. The final two were at Laura Rathe Fine Art where Photographer George Krause was shooting portraits using his famous light box technique.
Isabella Court and Diverse Works Had Openings, Outside it Was Hotter Than Hell
8 Photos in This Gallery
Call it Street Art, Call it Fine Art, Call it What You Know Opening Reception
Numbers 1, 3 and 4 in the gallery were at 4411 Montrose. Reyna was at the opening of her show at Wade Wilson Fine Art. Her work is currently showing there. Adela Andea’s work is now on exhibit at Art League Houston on Montrose.
Last night the Winter and Spring Street studios had an open house. There are 90 artist’s studios at Winter Street and about 40 at Spring Street. Both buildings were converted from industrial use. Having a large number of artist’s studios close together creates a critical mass allowing such events. The last two photos are from a week ago at Isabella Court and nearby Diverse Works.
These photos were taken in mid March, 2013 during a city wide ceramics show in Houston. Susannah Mira creates works from repetitive small cast off industrial items. Tarina Frank specializes in wearable art. Both are artists in residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. The Buzz Cut girls were viewing ceramic craft art there. Women in matching dresses were burying broken china tea cups in a performance art event that was taking place next door at Lawndale. The Deep Eddy Girl was down the block at War’Hous. Stairwell and Dandy were captured at Lawndale Art Center.
It’s been a while since I have been to an art event which produced decent photos, but this weekend yielded some good ones. These were captured at War’Haus, JoMar Visions, Fotofest headquarters, Mixed Emotions, G Gallery in the Houston Heights and the Bluefish House restaurant which is surrounded by art galleries. Although the lead image is color, I do have a few black and white photos in the gallery.
Because it is so close to Christmas many of the Houston art galleries had an open house on Saturday afternoon instead of in the evening as they usually do. The first four images were captured at the Hardy Nance Studios in the warehouse district North of downtown Houston. April Murphy is shown in front of her whimsical pet paintings. Please like her page “AEM Gallery” on facebook. April says her work is all about happiness. Later there was a performance art show at Lawndale Art Center. Amberry Jam produces and performs in burlesque shows. One of her recent productions is Kiki’s Sordid Sideshow. She is usually in character. You can find many images of her in costume on flickr. Our mermaid was cooling off in a tub of water because it was 80F on this warm December afternoon in the South. The lovely kissing booth girl was fun to chat with, but I did not take her up on the kiss, which would be scored. (First four, D800, Nikon 28mm f/1.8, next four Nikon 50mm f/1.4)
Artcrawl is an annual event that takes place in November, usually on the same weekend as Via Colori. It is an early Christmas shopping opportunity for collectors. The Artcrawl is n the area of Nance Street in the warehouse district North of downtown Houston, Texas. It stretches from the docks North of I-10 where Diverse Works used to be housed to the Hardy Nance Studios where over 50 artists are located. This area used to be dodgy, but has become gentrified with the addition of artists studios, art galleries and condominiums. My two favorite venues here are Mother Dog Studios and the Hardy Nance Studios. Those are where I spent most of my time.
The first four images in the gallery are from War’Hous Visual Studios, an art gallery owned by artist Dandy Warhol. It’s located at 4715 Main right off the US 59 Main Street exit while headed East. The show featured works from several emerging photographers and many pieces were fine art nudes. Prices were accessible with most works being under $200.
Just a few blocks away from War’Hous is the new home of Diverse Works, a non profit dedicated to supporting the arts. This installation was produced by Franklin Evans.
The four indoor images were shot at an opening for Latin American artist Gabriel de la Mora at Sicardi Gallery in Houston. It was my first visit to Sicardi’s new and spacious building across the street from the Houston Center for Photography. Sicardi specializes in the work of Latin American artists. I thought the associate’s red outfit was quite theatrical. The two Venezuealan girls were fans of the artist and explained one of his works to me that was constructed out of thousands of layers of paint. Because the show included a light sculpture, it reminded me that I wanted to photograph Adela Andea’s outdoor installation at the Art League of Houston, so I drove a few blocks to get there and made the capture. The final image is from the Winter Street Studios open house, the next day.
This series of images was collected over several weekends during October of 2010. Destiny, owner of Delectable P.I.E.S appears at the Winter Street Studios open house. She was serving delicious cake pops. Also that evening, a pretty gallery sitter with an unusual bird on a wire tattoo on her thigh. Houston artist Wendy Wagner is pictured with her friend Olga at Darke Gallery. Wendy is facing serious health issues, and truly inspires all with her positive attitude and new works on paper. The two ladies are associates who work at Anya Tish Gallery located at 4411 Montrose in Houston. Regina Agu appears while speaking an event at Winter Street. Regina’s work is inspired by her Nigerian heritage. The final two images were shot at the opening party of the Texas Contemporary Art Fair at the George R Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.
All of these images were captured with a Nikon D800 and their sweet 28mm f/1.8 G lens.
The weekend saw the first set of major art gallery openings following our usually uncomfortable summers. The first two images are from Deborah Colton Gallery which showed a series of installations featuring inexpensive plastic objects. In the background is a tent made from clear plastic with many of these objects incorporated into a quilt. One could say it was right out of Family Dollar Store. The final two were shot at M Squared Gallery in the Houston Heights.
Dan Allison, Vanessa Riley and Carolyn Farb recently put on a show of previously unpublished images by British Photographer Derek Riley. Liliana was there taking pictures. This photo was previously shown in color, but converted to B&W recently. Living Stereo is an outdoor mural at Lawndale Art Center and is a collaboration by six Houston artists. The photo of the couple with tattoos was taken at Lawndale as well.
Art Houston is a coordinated series of gallery openings and open houses right when the weather in Houston is most oppressive, mid July. This year was a bit cooler because of a full week of rain. These images represent my first efforts with Nikon’s fabulous 36 MP D800. This high resolution camera produces stunning results when everything is done right, and miserable results when it is not. I shot these in and around various galleries, although Lawndale Art Center’s huge crowd produced the lion’s share of informal portraits.
These photos were captured during July of 2012 which was designated as Art Houston weekend. This are part of a long term project to document the artists, art collectors, gallery owners, gallery associates and those of us who hang around for a free glass of wine in the vibrant Houston visual arts scene. The entire collection is available under the “Art Lovers” menu button in the Header.
1. Japanese born, Texas Artist Mayuko Ono Gray exhibiting works based on Japanese calligraphy at Hooks-Epstein gallery on Colquitt in the Upper Kirby district of Houston.
2. San Antonio artist Megan Harrison exhibiting at G Gallery on 11th Street in the Houston Heights.
3. Houston artist Kelley Devine.
4. Outside the Menil Collection Art Museum.
100% Candid at the Fotofest Opening Party, March, 2012
Photographed at several Fotofest events during in March of 2012