Saturday afternoon is a unique opportunity to meet a handful of established, award-winning fine artists at Art Inside Out, an invitational exhibition hosted by glass artist Bill Meeks, at his studio in the Sawyer Yards area.
Host Bill Meek is an accomplished glass sculptor with a 40-year career and creating unique glass art that has earned him collectors throughout Texas and around the world. The invited artists joining Meek in the exhibition are painter/sculptor Kelley Devine, painter Karen Eisele, artist/sculptor Dan Havel, mixed media artist Anne Reese Hernandez, artist/photographer Syd Moen, wood sculpture James D. Phillips, painter David Piland, mixed media painter/sculpture Page Piland, and photographer Gary Watson.
On the bandstand, rhythm and blues band Texas Johnny Boy will perform 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Meek Studio & Gallery is located at 1903 Spring St. 77007 and www.meekgallery.com.
For weekend three of Arts District Month, I pulled a few events from their suggestions listed on their website. For lunch, the Arts District suggests a perfect burger at Stanton City Bites. I concur Stanton’s has one of the best hamburgers I’ve ever eaten! 1420 Edwards St.
It’s Sculpture Month Houston, and the Arts District suggests you set your sights on the unique art installations at the main SITE gallery exhibit where you can expect a thought-provoking glimpse into the Peak Shift psychological phenomenon – multiplied renderings of an original object.
I was able to make the opening last Saturday, and these site installations are mesmerizing. The artists design and install their exhibits in a round room, in the silos, there is a cone-shaped ceiling with an opening in the center to release the now non-existent grain. Regular open hours- 12 – 6 p.m., Weds-Sat 1502 Sawyer St.
Next, continue viewing a cross-section of international sculpture at more than 40 participating venues including Art Inside Out at Meek Studio and TANK Space at Spring Street Studios. There is an opening at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Hobby Airport Saturday evening too that I’d like to check out.
Since you’re out and about, catch a live musical performance at Cafeza while snacking on Spanish tapas, La Tribu Cubana will perform on Saturday, October 20, and check out the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern exhibit.
End the night by winding down with a ‘honey badger’ bourbon-based cocktail at Spring Street Beer & Wine Garden. Get more here. http://bit.ly/artsdistrictmonth
For you Halloween junkies, here are two shows not to miss this weekend. First, The Texas Art Asylum presents “Remember You Will Die – A Memento Mori” show. Rising to popularity in the 17th century, this type of artwork reminds us of our mortality and the shortness and fragility of life. In modern terms, it may be referred to as living your best life, or YOLO (you only live once) in bro-speak. Show hours: Saturday, 4 – 8 p.m. and Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.
Sunday’s event includes Artist Jodi Larson demonstrating Victorian Hair Work, or mourning jewelry, created from the hair of a loved one. Texas Art Asylum, 1719 Live Oak, Houston, Texas 77003
Hardy & Nance Studios presents the Nightmares II Art Show that coincides with their Third Saturday Open Studios 5 – 9 p.m. Hardy & Nance Studios are located in Houston’s original, historic warehouse district at 902 Hardy Street, Houston, TX 77020. For a map & more info., www.hardyandnancestudios.com
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com.