Hearts in Texas are big, only challenged by the Louisiana Cajun Navy. Being in the art world, my radar has been tuned into what was been happening here. Artists live all over this great city and the reports of loss started immediately and soon after the rescues, cleanup, call for donations, fundraisers and benefits followed.
Here’s a rundown of what’s out there if you’d like to contribute via the arts communities.
It’s overwhelming to look out there and see such devastation. At First Saturday Arts Market, many of the artists had special art designated for relief from sales. Others donated a percentage of all sales. Artists at the Second Saturday Open Studios will do the same, plus donation boxes will be out too.
Concert this Friday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m., 3400 Main St. All money from tickets goes toward Harvey relief. The three presenting organizations are donating their services. Apollo Chamber Players and Musiqa, and Jazz Forever will finish the concert. MATCH has generously donated their venue for the evening. More info at www.matchouston.org/events/harvey-relief-concert.
Adult Swim Art Show, hosted by Insomnia Gallery, Friday, Sept. 8 from 7 – 11 p.m., 708 Telephone Rd., Houston, Texas 77008.
Pop Shop America, located upstairs at 321 W. 19th St., is hosting The Hurricane Harvey Relief Pop Up with their favorite makers, complimentary cocktails, macaroons, and hands-on workshops.
Saturday, September 16, 2 – 8 p.m. Silent Art Auction, JoMar Visions, 5247 Langfield Rd, Studio #25B, Houston, Texas 77040.
The one big art show that stepped up and organized the fastest is FreshArts.org, hosting #TexasArtistsStrong, a Pop-up Exhibition + Fundraiser, this Saturday, September 9, 2017, 2 – 7 p.m. at Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007.
The Market at Sawyer Yards will be open for business, as usual, this Saturday and back to daytime hours 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., coinciding with the Second Saturday Open Studios. I’ve already heard of designated art being created for donations. Get the full scoop on the market website. SawyerStreetMarket.com. The market is located behind the grain elevators at 1502 Sawyer Street.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com