Thursday, November 25, 2010

WHAM and Houston's 18th Annual Art Crawl

Spacetaker brought their Winter Holiday Art Market (WHAM) to Downtown Houston last weekend at
Winter Street Studios. The Winter Holiday Art Market – Downtown  was presented by Amegy Bank of Texas.   This is a juried event.  Earlier in the season, artists were invited to submit a portfolio of their products they would like to sell.  Products ranged from drawings, paintings, sculptural pieces, pottery, jewelry, handmade bags, leather goods, hand made wooden objects, fine art prints, hand died silk scarves, and much more. It was fun, indoors, and busy with lots of people. And things were selling.

Studios at Winter Street are identified by letters and numbers stenciled onto the floor in front of their doors. I got  caught up with taking photos of numbers on this day. This was not open studio day. Most of the studios were closed.

Below artist/printmakers Andis Applewhite (L) and Gema Barclay (R) running the booth this day for PRINT Matters  a Houston arts organization started by five artists who have exhibited locally and nationally and share a love of printmaking. Their goals are to promote traditional and non-traditional printmaking, encourage print collecting, and further the professional growth of our members.

L. Andis Applewhite, R. Gema Barclay

From Andis's P Series. Image from her blog.
On the Print Matters web site you will find a list of members with links to their web sites. Worth a look-see. You will also find information there regarding membership in the organization if you are interested and Print Matters has a current call for work for exhibition next summer. 
Click here for more information about that. 
Ichthys, save me
Multiple plates with dry-point etching; Rives BFK
Image size: 24 in X 18 in
Paper size: 30 in X 22 in

The image above was done by member Cathie Kayser. Her work is the yellow green-piece above Gema's head.   Click here to see more about her. 
Below is artist Steve Campbell making a sale. We stopped and chatted with him for a bit. He was gracious enough to give us a demo on how he creates the textures on some of his pieces. Said he learned it in Korea.

Steve's studio is three DOT pots.

 Golden Cat Silk Originals had beautiful hand printed silk scarves and shawls.  I wish I could have bought one.

Sparrow Birds Scarf

Y.E. Torres YET: Drawing, Dance and Design. Funky stuffed conjoined dolls, drawings and other stuff.   Click here for more about her.

Artist Matt Messinger's booth. He does mixed media paintings, collages from found materials and prints. Click here and here to see more about Matt.

It was also the weekend of the annual Houston Art Crawl when artists whose studios are located downtown in the warehouse district and nearby open their doors for an open house.  The weather was good for it and there were lots of folks out. Many of the photographs I took below are not the art on view. We didn't get to all the studios---missed Vine Street and Diverse Works and probably others. Another time. Anyway, the pictures I took will tell you a bit of what I saw and the flavor of the event. Not all will have captions. My apologies to those artists whose names are missing. Photos are not in order any particular order either.  But the first image below is where we began.

Artist: Carter Ernst

Concrete wall with ghost sign.

Above and Below: Photos taken in one of the loft apartments. I don't know whose but the big C above and the strange black animal below are both paintings done by Matt Messinger whose work I saw at Winter Street. 

Artist Peter Dickson

John Runnels; House of Bausch ( A Danger to Be Safe In) Chartpack letters on tile & wood

Across the street.

Artist: Carter Ernst

Artist: Corrine Jones (from Nacogdoches)

These pieces were partly drawn and partly stitched. I didn't get the name of the artist.

The photographer talking about the images of Jo Ann Fleischhauer's installation at M. D. Anderson.
Click here to see more about this project. It is quite awesome.
More about Artist Jo Ann Fleischhauer click here and here.

William Reich: Bunny Love

Work by Tim Johnson

Just the floor.

John Runnels; Cigarette Chair, chair and cigarette butts

Streets of Houston

 Artist on right, art on left. We were nearing the end of our crawl for the day. This studio housed a sound studio as well as this hair dresser's salon. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Where Have I Been?

 Peonies - Gift from Hayes Parker and John Friedman
What I Did This Summer
It was a summer of teaching workshops, traveling and painting in my studio. In June, to Florida twice, before and after the my annual trek to Massachusetts and the Encaustic Conference.  In July, it was workshops all month. In August, a drive to Amarillo in the Texas panhandle for an exhibition then to Southern California to visit family.
And remember the BP oil disaster in the Gulf? Like everyone else in the country, we worried for our natural habitat along the Gulf Coast. We were fearful that this would be end of our pristine white sandy beaches in Florida and the beautiful natural wetlands and coastal environment. Who could forget that?  Every place we visited the incredible never ending oil leak was the topic of conversation.
October doesn't always arrive in Texas with cool temperatures so we count our blessings this year because Fall did seem to arrive on October one with cooler temperatures and lower humidity.

Above and below are photos of some beautiful Peonies given to me by friends Hayes Parker and John Friedman. They came from John's floral shop here in Houston. I think I liked the flowers as much as they dropped their petals as I did when they were freshly cut.  On down, are some images of my summer with not too much text. I'm back.

A fun day trip I took in May with friend Jennie Kimbrough was up to Nacogdoches where Stephen F. Austin State University is located to see the Texas National 2010 exhibition. It is an annual event held every Spring at the Cole Art Center which is part of SFA School of Art. The juror this year was Judy Pfaff, who also had works on view as well. Apologies up front for not having information about the work presented. I was allowed to take photographs so all the images are from me. Artist friends, Deborah Houston from Amarillo (TexasWAX member,) and Eileen Goldenberg from San Francisco, California, (IEA member) both had work accepted into the Texas National exhibition. Below are photos of their work.
To see a larger version of any of the images, place cursor on image and click.
Texas National 2010
Work by Deborah Houston

Piece in center is an Encaustic painting by California artist Eileen Goldenberg.
The exhibition space was full. I was told that Judy had a difficult time turning work away. Not to discredit Pfaff's choices or any of the artists whose work  was included, but I felt there was enough work in this space for at least two exhibitions and possibly three.
My pictures don't do the show justice.  There were some very engaging floor pieces throughout the gallery but  these photographs really don't capture them very well.

Near the back of the right side of the gallery. 

In the back of the gallery looking toward the street.

Center of gallery looking back

Some of the sculptural pieces
Looking to the back left of the gallery
One of the 3/D pieces in the exhibition
Judy Pfaff
Below are the images I took of Judy Pfaff's exhibition. I think this must be the first time I had seen her work in person. The work is delicate and yet dense. Looking and absorbing her work takes time.  Photographic images just can not do justice to her work. Layers upon layers upon layers upon layers. Sadly, I am familiar with her installation pieces through photographs only. I have always thought of those pieces as overwhelmingly full. If that is her aesthetic, full to brimming, I can see how she had such a difficult time making negative choices as juror. Again, my apologies for not supplying titles and other information regarding this work.

Detail of image above

Detail of image above
I held encaustic painting workshops in my studio at home in May and again in July. Check out those images on my Workshop Blog.  June and August coming up next.