by Mitch Cohen
Two artists have caught my attention this month, and I must share their good news.
Kiki Neumann, a Heights resident and folk artist, was featured on the Living Well Network, and landscape and nature photographer Tim Herschbach of Pearland was accepted for the first time into the prestigious Bayou City Art Festival Downtown.
Neumann struck me as a “country” gal when we met in 2004 at my art market. Sporting “country attire,” she sold found objects that she lovingly repurposed into useful and decorative things, birdhouses being her signature item.
Kiki is a true drop-everything-and-pursue-your-dream-story –– with hard work, of course. Leaving the corporate sales world many years ago, Neumann formed Kiki Neumann Creations to encompass her many interests.
After collecting thousands of license plates, the perfect idea hit her: cut out the letters to create short phrases, design them into a composition and use the image for greeting cards. Neumann says, “License plates are art in themselves; very graphic and textural. While email is great, people still love to receive personal cards for all sorts of occasions.”
Neumann made a customized box and filled it with her greeting cards, with the message: “You Need Me,” and delivered it to Buc-ee’s Flagship Stores headquarters. Neumann’s wildly popular handmade license plate card line is now in seven Texas Buc-ee’s locations, with more on the way.
The Live Well Network came knocking and featured Neumann in her studio demonstrating ways to reuse old license plates on the program called “Deals.” Neumann tells me a book about her license plates is next. For more about this amazing woman and artist, visit www.kikineumanncreations.com
This past summer, Tim Herschbach left his full time job as an IT specialist at a Houston television station to put his full devotion into his art career as a landscape and nature photographer. Herschbach sells his work online and at art shows like the First Saturday Arts Market.
Herschbach grew up in a small town in Oklahoma and spent his childhood playing outdoors in the woods, fields, streams, and lakes. He became interested in art at a young age. Herschbach’s interest in nature first led him to painting until 2009, when he began to take his photography hobby seriously and devoted all of his spare time to studying the art form.
Transitioning from student to professional, and then again to the art show circuit is no small or easy task. Juried art festivals like Houston’s Bayou City Art Festival are very competitive.
“With every photograph I created, I grew closer to being able to use photography as not just a way to capture a beautiful scene or subject, but as a viable method of communicating emotion, a fundamental principle of fine art.“ Herschbach says of his work.
Tim Herschbach will be at the First Saturday Arts Market on Oct. 5, and you’ll find him at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown the next weekend. For more visit www.herschbachphotography.com
Friday, Sept. 27
•Moving Violation, 14 Pews 800 Aurora St., 6-9 p.m. A multifaceted installation examining the phenomenon of movement by artist Mark Nelson, employing videos, paintings, photographs and tapestries. David Tam will perform a musical interpretation of the theme on cello at 8 p.m. Curated by Jay Wehnert of Intuitive Eye.www.14pews.com
Saturday Sept. 28
Three markets this weekend, all unique and different enough to make visiting all three worth your time. Start at Houston’s original green flea, Re-Market, you can take all your recycling – plastics 1-5 & 7, aluminum, tin, glass, paper, and cardboard. Live entertainment and food by Tamalito’s Cafe. And the Lone Star Bazaar and East End Arts Market return after a short break.
Houston Re-Market 4302 Harrisburg, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. www.houstonremarket.com.
•The Lone Star Bazaar, 300 Westheimer at Numbers Nightclub, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. http://thelonestarbazaar.com
“East End Arts Market” presented by East End Studio Gallery & Bohemeo’s, noon-5 p.m. 708 Telephone Rd. 77023. For details: www.eestudiogallery.com
•Cups, Cups, Cups – 18 Hands Gallery, 249 W. 19th St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.18handsgallery.com. Now this is a cool idea, Bring a cup, mug or tumbler that is old, chipped or manufactured to 18 Hands Gallery and trade it in for a new drinking vessel & receive a 10 percent discount. No limit.
•Avenue Gallery Closing Reception – 3219 Houston Ave., 6-9 p.m. www.avegallery.com Featured artists include Toria Hill, Vivian Mora, Billy York, Andy Gonzalez, Michael Henderson, Sam VanBibber, Nicole Bolinger, Kiki Neumann, Sherry Masters, Carol McGinnis, Monique Weston, Melinda Negri, Debbie Clendennen, and Taylor Clendennen.
•Art4Life 2013, Architecture Center Houston 315 Capitol, Suite 120 7-10 p.m. Limited ticketed event – Art4Life is a silent art auction featuring the works of locally, nationally, and internationally acclaimed artists, benefiting AIDS Foundation Houston’s programs and services to those living with and/or at risk for HIV/AIDS. https://www.facebook.com/events/566589580050324 for tickets visit http://www.aidshelp.org/event/Art4Life2013/.
Sunday Sept. 29
•Avenue Gallery presents Art 4 Paws, 3219 Houston Ave. noon-3 p.m. www.avegallery.com. Friends for Life will be present with adoptable dogs in the gallery and adoptable cats in the mobile MAV truck. There will be a silent auction of donated art and other items from local businesses with all proceeds going to Friends for Life, along with a percentage of sales from select artwork within the gallery.
Thurs. Oct. 3
•Preparing for the Dead Art Show, 9 – 11 p.m. Glitter Karaoke 2621 Milam St. Featured artists: Julie Zarate, Lizbeth Ortiz, David Pilgrim, Nesreen Hussain Alawami, Robin Baker
Friday, Oct. 4
•Houston Vintage Preview Party & Fashion Show, Oddfellows Hall, 115 E. 14th St., 7-11 p.m. Runway show featuring hand-selected “One of a Kind” vintage pieces to showcase this year’s upcoming trends in color, material and decoration. Tickets available at: http://Houstonvintage2013.eventbrite.com/?ref=estw
Saturday, Oct. 5
•First Saturday Arts Market – 548 W. 19th St at Lawrence. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Three dozen plus artists will be on site under as many canopied mini-galleries. The Atomic Nightingales perform at noon. Food trucks: MuSuBi Houston and Yeti Sunshine. More online at www.FirstSaturdayArtsMarket.com
•The Power of Women, Living Life Through Our Eyes, Arena Salon & Day Spa 3233 Southwest Freeway, 7-10 p.m., A portion of the proceeds will go to the Pink Door Foundation. Artists: Naz Kaya-Erdal, Lynet McDonald, Nicole Gavin, Amy Monroe.
Cohen is the founder and manager of First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights. Contact him at ArtValet@gmail.com, or visit him on the web at www.ArtValet.com