5 Photos in This Gallery
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.
The photos were taken at Lawndale Art Center, the OHH car show and on St. Patrick’s day in March, 2013.
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Anthony was a friend of mine who passed away on February 24th. He was a professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law and an avid supporter of the arts in Houston. Mostly, I would see him at art gallery openings, and took this portrait at one such event for him to use on Facebook as his profile picture.
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. In a chartreuse top is Houston artist Kia Neill at a group show in M Squared Gallery in the Houston Heights. Kia also was showing at Darke Gallery the same evening as Wendy. Lindsey, the girl with a big smile appears while working as an associate for D. M. Allison Art located on Colquitt Street in Houston’s Upper Kirby District. 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. At the Colquitt street art walk I photographed one of my favorite models, Claudia. She was dressed as usual in knockout heels. The next 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. An anonymous art lover at Redbud Gallery on 11th Street in the Houston Heights.
4. Outside the Menil Collection Art Museum.
The first two images are from the Station Museum in the Third Ward of Houston, Texas. The show that night was in conjunction with Fotofest. This place serves complimentary Mexican food and Margaritas at each opening. In accordance with my new photographic objectives, these (and the next two) were converted to Black and White to avoid the problems of dealing with mixed lighting. Ezekiel Solis is an accomplished Houston photographer who has exhibited at Fotofest twice. The five images starting with Golden Lady were shot at the Fotofest opening party North of Downtown Houston. The theme this year is Russian Photography. The next four were shot at a show of photography by the famous film maker, John Waters. He is known for the straight mustache.
The red door is at the Last Concert. It is a Mexican restaurant which has live music and is located on Nance Street in the warehouse district North of downtown Houston, Texas. From personal experience I can tell you the food there is very good. The place is famous for the message on the door, knock and wait. They keep the door locked. Years ago the it was a bad neighborhood. It has since gentrified and is populated by loft conversions and artists studios.
Laura Rathe owns an art gallery containing her name. The Barbie Project Models are a creation of Thedra Cullar-Ledford They were posed with the public in front of a large scale painting of Barbie carrying an assault rifle. The images will be published as a book. Thank you for providing the models, Thedra. The next two images were taken at Deborah Colton Gallery where Daniel-Kayne was performing. #5 is a college coed who is planning on a career as a professional photographer shooting at Wade Wilson Art that evening. The next three are from Houston art galleries also.
Eloise is about 6 feet tall but was wearing flats that evening. The colorful installation by Gabriel Dawe was taken at the now closed Peel Gallery at 4411 Montrose in Houston. The building houses four art galleries. The photo containing work by Simeen Farhat was taken at Anya Tish Gallery, also at 4411 Montrose. The Young Persion Woman was photographed at the Isabella Court group of galleries on Main Street in Houston. Some of the photos were captured at Diverse Works during a large scale performance installation, State Fair. This simulated a carnival midway was populated by many local artists.
The first two images were taken at Independence Art Studios which is where Thedra Cullar-Ledford is based. The gal with the Kraken tattoo lives nearby; I saw her at Kroger’s a while back. The rest of the images were shot at two big Houston art shows that took place downtown at the George R Brown Convention Center, plus some smaller events at the Winter Street and Spring Street Studios open houses. Caleb is a photography instructor at the Houston Center for Photography. Of course the lovely bartender was at Laura Rathe Fine Art on Colquitt in the Upper Kirby district of Houston, Texas. Rania Matar is a Lebanese born photographer. At the time of this portrait her images “A Girl in Her Room” was showing at De Santos Gallery in Houston, Texas.
#1 At Laura Rathe Fine Art
#2 Houston Center for Photography on Alabama
#3 At mixed Emotions which is primarily a framing operation, but they have occasional art shows.
#4 April Murphy is a Houston artist who paints whimsical pictures of dogs and cats. You can follow her on facebook. This was also take at Laura Rathe Fine Art on Colqitt in Houston.
#5 Adela Andea builds sculptures out of lights. She was showing that night at Anya Tish gallery, 4411 Montrose, Houston, Texas.
Tinsley Hammond, Sam Sartorius, Kelley Devine, and Claire Richards are all Houston area artists. Kelley has her studio at Winter Street and Claire is located in the Hardy Nance Studios. Laura Rathe owns Laura Rathe Fine Arts, a Houston art Gallery representing among others, including photographer Steve McCurry. the gallery is located on Colquitt in the Upper Kirby area of Houston. Art Sandwiches is a Houston based art collaboration that publishes on Tumblr with the user name Art-Sandwiches. Everyone else was out having a good time at art events.
#1, Former model and now owner of Mutt Gallery, Candice Taylor.
#2, Photographer Nancy Newberry who is presently exhibiting in the Teenagers show at Houston Center for Photography.
#3, Photographer Kendrick Brinson who is presently exhibiting the show “Sun City: Life After Life”, also at Houston Center for Photography.
#4, Photographer and recent University of Houston Graduate Emily Peacock. Note the cupcake tattoo. Emily did a recent series where she portrayed herself in images styled after some done originally by Dianne Arbus.
#5 Art Lovers at Nau Haus.
Images #9 through #12 are from Box 13 Gallery. Box 13 is in the mostly Hispanic East End of Houston, Texas. Culturally, it is very different from the art galleries in the central part of the city. Traci Matlock (redhead) is a well known Houston photographer who also doubles as here own model. Her work celebrates female sexuality and youth. She was featured in an article on famous flickerites. Ms Yet is a performance artist who also produces some artwork. She performs and teaches belly dancing. On her back is a large tattoo depicting pterodactyls in a prehistoric scene. I have shot many of these art gallery portraits and they are available in both older and newer entries of this blog