First Saturday Arts Market is this Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. We’ll have amazing artists, local food, drink and music and we’ll also have the youngest artist ever to show at the market: a five-year-old.
Lisa Hilton, an artist that hales from far north Houston, will be in attendance Saturday. Hilton turns 45 Saturday, but in her world, she’s seeing Saturday as her just her fifth birthday. She explained to me why.
“On November 3, 2012 I suffered a stroke while on stage competing in Texas State Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships in Austin, TX,” Hilton said. “I was given the clot-busting drug TPA and was in ICU for six days. One year later I had my second stroke. I suffered some paralysis to my left side, severe photophobia, depression, memory loss, aphasia, severe fatigue syndrome, anxiety and PTSD.”
Hilton still suffers from some of these “invisible” limitations but she is the first to declare they will not hold her back.
After trying music therapy, and not finding success, Hilton looked to art.
“It took a while to figure out just what type of painting or media I fell into or enjoyed,” Hilton recalls. “I finally figured it out when I broke up with a local musician I had been dating and put his CD in the microwave!”
She encourages you not to try that at home. Fortunately, she did not blow up her parents’ home, and instead poured her heartache and pain and happy memories into her newfound art form, recycled art.
“I chose recycled art to show my kids that even though something is damaged and not what it once was (like me post stroke) doesn’t mean that someone won’t still find beauty in it and that you can still make something amazing out of it.”
There were few mishaps with resin, a blow torch and fire, but Hilton has found her niche and has successfully transitioned into creating art full-time.
“I truly feel that my soul is awake now and I am happier than I have been even when I am sad,” Hilton said. “I have a great support system of family, amazing fellow artists and good friends. So when I say I am really only five years old I mean I feel like I was given a chance to start over and I really feel the need to share how much ART really saved my life.”
Find Hilton and the rest of the artists and activities on the website 1stSatArtMarket.com. The market is located at 530 W. 19th Street.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com