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After a year of canceled exhibitions, limited studio access and online-only classes, 22 UH art students are finally presenting at an exhibition titled Annex Energy. SITE Gallery Houston at Sawyer Yards is displaying the exhibit through Aug. 19. 

In the art world, getting an artist residency is like winning the lottery. The artist gets some money, space and the freedom to create. In almost all cases, the sponsor of the residency is a prestigious organization giving the artist credibility as a resident.

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Visionary Grind Arts Collective will host "Visionaries," the debut exhibition for the 12-member collective, at Hardy & Nance Studios, 902 Hardy St., starting with an opening reception scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. The art show is a dive into the minds of artists with a unique…

Last week was definitely another “character-building” moment for us Texans. That phrase “character building” is one we use at the outdoor markets to describe those challenging days. I credit friend and Heights jewelry artists Steve Sellers for coining the phrase and he credits me.

On my way home heading east on 11th Street, I passed Redbud Gallery (at the corner of Cortlandt Street) with barely a glance as I was clearly on autopilot. My peripheral vision glimpsed a 12-foot sphere made out of hubcaps sparkling in the new sculpture garden next to the gallery. I absolute…

Do you have any pet peeves?  I bet everyone discovered a few new ones in 2020 regardless if we were looking or not. The year 2020 gave more insight into my predilection for some odd pet peeves I thought I’d share with you this week. Go easy on me, please. I don’t know when it […]

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The Market at Sawyer Yards is happening from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 9, at 1502 Sawyer St. For the first week of January, I always hear about diets, abstinence, exercising, etc. That’s wonderful, do your thing. However, I need to let you in on a little secret, the State of Texas allows cottage […]

Jan. 2, 2021, is here, and so is the initial First Saturday Arts Market of the new year. It’s the 17th year the market has been open for business. It runs from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. this Saturday at the usual space at 540 W. 19th St. With Kiki Neumann as the highlight of last week’s […]

The name Kiki Neumann has appeared in this column many times. Neumann, a longtime Heights resident and self-described folk artist, has a knack for turning abandoned items into art. Her most recent, and arguably most successful trash-to-treasure endeavor has been with recycling license plates. She cuts the letters and numbers up and arranges them into […]

This Sunday, Dec. 20, from 1—4 p.m., Mystic Lyon and the Center for Centering are hosting the fifth annual Winter Collection, a Pop Up Art Shop and Market featuring works by Fifth Ward artists and their friends. Mystic Lyon is located at 5017 Lyons St., at the corner of Lyons and Mystic Street, hence the […]

Saturday afternoon on the former Success Rice rail line, Arts District Houston and Cafeza present a new music series featuring the Cuban band La Tribu Cubana. The band will perform from 1-4 p.m. behind the Silos at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer St., on Artist Alley. La Tribu Cubana is described as one of Houston’s premier […]

Nostalgia hit me in the head like a tin box of Christmas sugar cookies this week. I love traditions and, like many people, I look forward to Houston’s first cold snap, the smell of fireplace smoke in the air, the parades, lighting decorations and, of course, the parties. I think this year, we’re all going […]

Blessings and a heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving to you my friends and readers of this column. Thank you for reading, sharing and sending me great information. I truly am thankful to you and The Leader. Last month I introduced you to Artists Sunday. Held Nov. 29, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, it is dedicated to encouraging consumers […]

The Rooftop Cinema Club’s attempt to provide some levity and relief amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is coming to an end in the area. A news release from the club said Rooftop Cinema will show its final Drive-In at Sawyer Yards movie screening on Sunday, Nov. 29. The club plans to play some of its most […]

The 28th Annual Artist’s Warehouse Artcrawl returns this Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., with 10 participating spaces spiraling out from the official epicenter of the event: Mother Dog Studios at 720 Walnut St. In the nearly three decades since Mother Dog Studios introduced Houston to the “artist’s warehouse district,” with its annual Artcrawl, […]

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“Knitscape,” a knitted mural by Urban Yarnage for Buffalo Bayou Park’s five-year anniversary has been extended until Nov. 30. “Knitscape” is a colorful homage to the ecological diversity of Buffalo Bayou and is installed at the entrances and railing on the Rosemont Bridge (a pedestrian bridge) in Buffalo Bayou Park (Montrose Boulevard and Allen Parkway). […]

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First Saturday Arts Market is back this Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at 530 W. 19th St. with the biggest roster of artists since the March anniversary. Among the three dozen exhibitors is a woodworker who refers to himself as the woodworking band director, R. Michael Hardy. He creates furniture, unique gift items out of […]

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Archway Gallery presents “What Shapes Us,” featuring new sculptures by Tracey Meyer, from Nov. 7-Dec. 3. A virtual opening and artist talk is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, viewable at ArchwayGallery.com or Facebook Live. Private tours may be scheduled by appointment on the website. Operating hours for Archway Gallery, located at 2305 Dunlavy […]

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Artists and arts organizations are invited to join a free movement that builds off Black Friday and Small Business Saturday to brand the Sunday after Thanksgiving as the biggest art shopping day of the year. Artists Sunday, a new movement to drive art sales and support the livelihoods of millions of U.S. artists, artisans and […]

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Recently I met Carrie Olsen at her Heights home to pick up a painting for our mutual friend, “Miss Carolyn” Bertrand Hodges. I’ve often written about Hodges, a nonagenarian conceptual artist in Houston. She’s encouraged me quite frequently to interview Miss Olsen about her sculpture. So there I was, greeted by Olsen and her triplet […]

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Houston BCycle, the nonprofit bike share program, is hosting an art show. The Unicorn Bike Show will take place this Saturday, Oct. 10 from noon-5 p.m. and coincides with The Market at Sawyer Yards and Second Saturday Open Studios at Sawyer Yards. Find the exhibit under the train shed on Art Alley, 1502 Sawyer St. […]

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Beginning this Saturday, Oct. 3, in celebration of the fifth anniversary of the completion of Buffalo Bayou Park, Buffalo Bayou Partnership is hosting Artful Anniversary, a series of five unique virtual performances and experiences throughout October. All five Artful Anniversary programs will appear in video and photographs on BBP’s website, posted at the times listed […]

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By Mitch Cohen The Faris Foundation, a Houston-based nonprofit focusing on childhood cancer research, creative arts programs at children’s cancer centers and public engagement and awareness around childhood cancer, celebrated National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with a variety of virtual art programs throughout the month of September. The organization’s mission is inspired by Faris D. […]

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Have you driven through Downtown Houston recently? I did the other day, and what I most noticed was the lack of people and traffic. Businesses are still there and need us, and getting to downtown for lunch has probably never been easier! Not surprisingly, public art projects have evolved to reflect the unfortunate changes since […]

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Mark your calendar for next Saturday, Sept. 19 to attend a solo art reception, Urban Playground, by Houston artist Lauren Luna. Hosted by Carla Bisong, owner of Bisong Gallery at 1305 Sterrett St., doors open for the event at 5 p.m. When I first met Luna, I made quite an impression with her by calling […]

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Some artists create paintings that grab you, lure you in for a closer look and cause you to think and ponder. Ginger Annette, a Houston artist, creates paintings that may appear to come to you. The swirls of texture mixed with metallic colors almost look like icing on a cake upon close examination and may […]

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The cancellation of the annual Art Car Parade this past spring must rank among the most disheartening for Houstonians. The 33-year-old event draws hundreds of thousands of onlookers that begin gathering early in the day to watch several hundred altered vehicles parade through downtown. Artist Joe Hale Haden wondered if not creating an art car […]

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Driving around the Heights and near-town areas creates a constant double-take for many of us as we discover that “progress” in our ever-evolving city continued during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most notable are new buildings, empty lots and, very sadly, empty storefronts. One sight that had me doing a double-take was seeing an artist setting an […]

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Has the world gone virtually … mad? Perhaps, but some things are going to have to remain in-person experiences. Outdoor markets are top on my list and I plan to keep both my art markets open, with proper spacing between exhibitors, of course. This Saturday is the Market at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer St., and […]

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Label this column, “The continuing series on how artists can survive any environment regardless of outside circumstances.” On that note, meet mixed-media artist and Heights resident Dana Caldera. She combines found collage material, painting and drawing into intricately layered compositions to create her work. Caldera will have her art booth set up at First Saturday […]

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Are you going crazy to get out of the house and do something? Good news. I am, too, and I found some places and things to do, even now. Let’s be honest. It is the middle of summer and, ordinarily, this is the slow season in the art world. There is nothing normal these days […]