When your biggest day of the month comes around every four weeks, that rare fifth Saturday is like a surprise gift in the mail. Without the foresight to look at a calendar this month, April’s fifth Saturday kind of snuck up on me. I got lucky, though, there are some fantastic art shows going on this weekend to report.
Saturday will be most notable as President Trump’s 100th day in office. Leave it to artists to express their true feelings via their art medium and many have done just that in “The First 100 Days: Artists Respond” – a juried show.
Matt Adams, president of the Visual Arts Alliance, and well-known supporter of Houston artists, is curating and producing this one-of-a-kind, Trump-defined exhibit.
“Artists throughout history have responded to the political environment,” said Adams. “This art show will take its place in political history as the ‘art demonstration to remember.’ It had to happen – so we made it happen in Houston.”
No pro-Trump works were submitted among the 59 accepted, though, all perspectives were welcomed. Adams suggested that is a statement in itself and intentionally left a fifty-foot blank wall to represent that.
This could be the ultimate protest event, albeit, in one of the coolest art spaces in town. Saturday, April 29 from 6 – 9 p.m. at The Silos At Sawyer Yards (1502 Sawyer St, Houston, Tex. 77007, room 232) in the Washington Arts District.
Also Saturday, Daniel Elliott, artist and the store manager at Jerry’s Artarama, which means every artist in the city knows Elliott, is having a solo show at The Hardy & Nance Studios. Elliott can be seen quite often painting demo’s in the store for public consumption. This show’s work focuses on the circle. 429. A solo art exhibition featuring Daniel Elliott is from 4 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at the Hardy & Nance Studios, 902 Hardy St.
It’s Frida time again! East End Studio Gallery presents Frida Festival 2017, Friday and Saturday on the amazing space on Navigation Blvd. This is the 12th annual event and let me tell you, these folks know how to put on a festival. The event outgrew its space and created three separate events, this weekend being the last. The event celebrates the life of one of Latin America’s most highly respected and influential visual artists – Frida Kahlo! 2600 Navigation Blvd, Houston, Texas 77003, Friday 5 – 10 p.m. And Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
The Queen of the Pop-Up, aka Brittany Bly, is debuting Pop Shop Galveston – A Modern & Stylish Art Market, Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. This is a now rare outdoor show for Bly, who has made a success at of her markets in the event space at Silver St. Studios. Expect to find the same cool exhibitors, both handmade and vintage plus workshops, bites, sips and live music. This free event is located at the Waverly Building in the Strand Historic District 2200 Market St. Galveston, TX 77550. Visit popshopamerica.com
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com