First Saturday Arts Market first opened for summer evening markets in 2006, the same year White Linen Night in the Heights got its humble start. The market is located at 540 W. 19th St. and open from 6-10 p.m. Saturday. It will wrap our summer evening markets for 2021.

Like the city of New Orleans where it was conceived, White Linen Night takes place traditionally on the first Saturday of August, which is this Saturday. The official event, where parts of West 19th Street are closed to traffic and dozens of artists line the street under white canopies across from all the shops, is sadly postponed until 2022.

The underlying reason White Linen Night was started in the Heights was to invite Houstonians to visit the many small businesses here. For many artists this has been a chance to experience a big festival for the first time.

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Several new artists are joining the First Saturday Arts Market this Saturday evening, and though they won’t be experiencing thousands of people, I bet they will find their challenges. Let me introduce you.

Abstract painter Leslie DeHaven rediscovered her creativity during the pandemic. As a musician and tour manager, DeHaven traveled throughout the U.S. and beyond.

“It has been a creative awakening of sorts,” DeHaven writes on her website. “With the world slowing down for the moment it was a good opportunity to dedicate myself and pursue this as a full-time career. I need to get back to my creative roots.”

She has a great eye for color, and her paintings pull the viewer in to explore. Her full attention and dedication are apparent. Whatever creativity she may have had prior to her career in music she clearly hasn’t lost.

DeHaven saw fit to bring in another new face and invited friend and fellow musician/artist Tricia Cramblet to share her booth. I know Cramblet because she’s performed as a musician at the market. I had no idea she has 35 years of experience as an illustrator and designer.

Cramblet’s 2D paintings on canvas come from a variety of sources. She uses a combination of technology, found objects, drawings, newspaper and photography to create her collages of people, places or abstracted designs. Cramblet then prints the work on canvas, ready to take home. Her work has already graced the covers of national magazines, books and greeting cards. I'm glad she's bringing it to us now.

An interesting sidenote, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, Cramblet will be sharing the stage (they call it swapping songs) with Charlie Hardwick at EQ Heights coffee shop at 1030 Heights Blvd. Hardwick has also performed his original songs and shown his own iconic pop graphic designs at the market.

Without the street closure on 19th I anticipate the evening will be made for more casual strolling for couples, families and friends. Don your best white linens. It’s a cooling fabric and everyone looks great wearing white linen. Refer to other articles in this week’s edition of The Leader for other events and an interview with Jenn Bianco, one of the attending artists.

Find these artists and more than two dozen more on the website, 1stSatArtMarket.com, with bios, photos and links.

Cohen is an artist and founder of the First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at ArtValet.com for additional highlights and artist’s stories.

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