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Charles Washington is a Houston artist, mover and shaker. He calls himself an upcycled artist and has carved his own niche in the local arts community for many years. Giving back is as much a part of Washington’s life as his art.

Chris Minamyer describes his paintings as abstract impressionism and new-school tattoo style. Minamyer from my viewpoint appeared on the scene with a bang and stayed there. His name, art and photos continuously appeared every time a new event was announced, it seemed to me.

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. […]