Art a la Carte: Roberts rocks her ukulele

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A couple of weeks ago I met a new artist group that has formed just for the lady folk. Women Artists of the Heights is a professional forum for women artists in the Houston Heights and Houston area. Their focus is on mentoring, marketing and education. They meet a couple of times a month both for morning and evenings. If you are interested, contact Tanna Bennett at tanna.bennett@sbcglobal.net or visit their Facebook page.
While putting together art shows this week I’m previewing the music of Rhonda Roberts on SoundCloud.com, and realized I rarely give musicians as much attention as the visual artists. I’m a visual person, and I have a hard time describing what I hear, but I’ll give it a go here just for you.
Rhonda Roberts has a sweet, sultry voice, her lyrics are about life and easy to understand, her music is upbeat and fun and her sense of humor certainly comes out in her lyrics. Pinpointing a music genre would be impossible for me, but Roberts seems to traverse all of them seamlessly.
There are a few poignant ballads in the mix that give the listener time to rest and reflect. The real surprise is the instrument Roberts uses. A ukulele. That’s right, one of those teeny-tiny instruments that looks like a mannequin guitar. Roberts makes it all work, and very well.
Roberts’ well worded biography may say it best: “Rooted in the elegance and fanfare of a nostalgic past, but married to a modern sense of fun and adventure with a quirky and poignant lyrical flair that defies classification, Rhonda’s ukulele repertoire is proof that you can pack a powerful punch in a pint-sized fist.” Still, I say she rocks!
If you are out and about Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Heights, swing by the First Saturday Art Market because Roberts performs at noon. Meanwhile, you can listen to her at www.rhondaroberts.net.

Friday, Nov. 1
Dia de los Muertos in the East End – East End Studio Gallery, 708C Telephone Rd., 6-9 p.m.
Day of the Dead exhibit is a traditional celebration honoring our ancestors, families and friends that have passed, while also celebrating life. http://www.eestudiogallery.com/

Saturday, Nov. 2
Heights of Life: Healthy Living Day – Heights of Health, 540 Frasier St., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join Heights of Health and meet the best local Heights businesses who feature ways to live a healthier, greener, holistic, organic (and loving) lifestyle. Free, family and pet friendly event. This outdoor event is at the corner of White Oak & Frasier Street – across from Onion Creek Café. www.heightsofhealth.com
First Saturday Arts Market – 548 W. 19th Street at Lawrence, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The three dozen plus artists attending this month are off the charts! Preview all the artists before Saturday on the website which includes video and sound clips. Music will keep everyone happy this week with Rhonda Roberts at noon. At 3 p.m., the husband and wife team of Opie Hendrix and Carrie Ann will be back. H-town StrEATs will be back this month too. www.FirstSaturdayArtsMarket.com
Glassell School of Art Ceramics Student Show – 18 Hands Gallery, 249 W. 19th St., 6-9 p.m., 713-869-3099. www.18handsgallery.com
Mark Bercier “The Healin’ Symbols – Works on Paper” Opening Reception – Redbud Gallery, 303 East 11th St., 6-9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 3
Celebrate Houston! Music and Arts Festival, Bohemeo’s 708 Telephone Rd., noon-6 p.m. Celebrate Houston! Music and Arts Festival benefits Houston Cool. www.houstoncool.org. https://www.facebook.com/events/
550830781630479/

Thursday, Nov. 7
Figure 5 Opening Event, Pictures Plus, 115 Hyde Park Blvd., 6-9 p.m.
An exhibition of figurative works by five talented Houston women artists. Featuring Lindsay T. Peyton, Kelley Devine Art, Shelbi-Nicole Art and emerging artists Ariana Gold and Rachel Glikin.

Saturday, Nov. 9 and Sunday Nov. 10
The Art Guys LOOP event (#11 of “12 Events”)
The Art Guys will drive the I-610 loop around Houston for 24 hours – 12 hours in one direction, then 12 hours in the opposite direction. While in transit, The Art Guys will make themselves available to all media to share the experience with as wide an audience as possible. Location: Interstate 610 Loop (beginning and ending at I-610, North Shepherd). “Loop” is sponsored by Memorial City. During the event, audiences may call and speak with The Art Guys directly by calling 832-712-6207. This phone number will only be active for the 24 hour period of the event. http://www.theartguys.com/12events.html
Cohen is the founder and manager of First Saturday Arts Market. Contact him at ArtValet@gmail.com or visit him at www.ArtValet.com.

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