When I first moved to the Heights, the art scene was mostly … nonexistent.
There were “warehouse shows,” and some businesses showcased art, and that was it. So I was very excited when my friend and former teacher, Sharon Hendry took me (and girlfriend and business partner at the time) to visit a colleague and local artist at his home/ studio. This would have been the mid to late ‘90’s.
That artist was Perry House, well known in gallery circles and an instructor at Houston Community College Central Campus. House gave us a tour of his one-room studio that was situated on the first floor of his modern home. We were immediately struck by the size of his paintings, most taller than the average person.
House and I would see each other on occasion and continued a “small talk” conversation for many years. His method of work after retiring is still something
I long to emulate – work hard from 6 a.m. – Noon and then take the day off. Yes, sir!
I’ve not seen Mr. House in a few years, but I am happy to report I’ll get to visit this Saturday and so can you – he has new and I should note, much smaller works on display at an event hosted by Zoya Tommy Gallery; Coffee and Donuts with Perry House. The exhibition is titled Perry House: “The Pete Paintings” and Musings and a reception open to the public will be held this Saturday, Feb. 25.
“Coffee and Donuts” event will take place this Saturday, February 25, from 11am-1pm and Perry House, will be present to engage with anybody who wants to meet him or talk to him about his work. More information is on the gallery website and Facebook page. zoyatommy. com 4102 Fannin St, Houston, Texas 77004
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market, find him at ArtValet.com