Notice about last week’s print edition: The reception and book release of the photo-biography, “John Ross Palmer: Through the Lens of Nabarupa Bhattacharjee,” was postponed to Friday, October 5, 6 – 8 p.m., and will still be held at 1218 Heights Blvd. If you thought you missed it, get this on your calendar now. More details at ArtLaunch.org.
Upstairs at Winter Street Studios is an artist produced show called Inspiritas, which was curated by studio artists April Murphy and Taylor Clendennen. The show explores what inspires artists to create their work. Each piece is accompanied by the image or story that motivated the artist to make it.
“It was fascinating for me as an artist to see what motivated all these pieces,” said curating artist April Murphy.
The exhibit will be up through October 20 at 2101 Winter St.
Lining the halls of Silver Street Studios at 2000 Edwards St., is FotoFest’s SEEING HARVEY: Personal Stories, Public Responses. Images are from an open call of professional photojournalists and artists with photographs made by members of the public.
SEEING HARVEY is exhibited concurrently with the exhibition DELUGE, a video installation, recovered artifacts, and striking images of Houston flood survivors, and their environs, by international photographer Gideon Mendel.
Both are truly breathtaking, even after the deluge of images from the media and friends seen just a year ago.
On view through November 3, 2018. For talks, stories and other associated events visit fotofest.org.
Saturday, September 22 is a big day at the Menil Collection. After a seven-month hiatus, the Menil Collection will reopen with new displays of artwork drawn from their permanent collection.
The public is invited to celebrate the reopening of the main building with food trucks and, as always, free admission from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 1533 Sul Ross St.
Spending all day at the Menil is easy to do. I recommend walking down the street to the Byzantine Fresco Chapel to view Francis Alÿs: The Fabiola Project, this two-year exhibit is coming to a close on October 28, 2018.
What’s so fascinating about this exhibit is that it was collected from flea markets around the world. Francis Alÿs: The Fabiola Project consists of more than 450 reproductions of a lost 1885 painting of 4th-century Roman Saint Fabiola by French artist Jean-Jacques Henner.
The 2-story tall wall of reproductions is absolutely amazing to look upon all at once. Why did so many people, mostly amateurs, choose this one image paint? It’s just wild. Check it out at 1533 Sul Ross St, Menil.org.
This last event is a web-only addition – not possible in print! I thought this art show was later in the year, I’m glad I caught it.
I met Robin Baker, the man behind this event, at First Saturday Arts Market when he was making ornamental and some functional pottery. A few years later his iconic black and white paintings took over his life and that he is so well known for now.
With his permanent studio at Hardy & Nance Studios, Baker started the Just Ink art show. It fills up every time, and the most amazing talent shows up. This is totally worth adding to your Saturday evening agenda, and probably your only night to see it too.
Artist Robin Baker is proud to present another edition of the annual pen and ink show…”Just Ink 7.”
The exhibit name explains the show … Just Ink, Pen & ink, India ink, ink markers, ink pens…ink. just ink.
Featured Artists include Heather Gordy, Juan l. Ramirez, Jill Hakala, Julie Zarate, Austin Magruder, Just2Artists, David Anderson, Alexus Rendon, Blue One Thirty, Monica Melgar, Ivan Mpunteer, Pizo Meyer, Valerie Howard, Michael Withouse, MsXenaLee Studio, Michael Warren,JJ Baker,’Krystlle Harrell Bazan, Catfish Perez, Shane Rodriguez, Kelly Kielsmeier, Meredith Tucker, Eugene Barron, Nerissa Gomez, Jessica Guerra, Bryan Wade, Lori Prewitt, Luna D. Lobos & Sam Salazar, Lauren Boulden, Wynton Macklin, Lauren Whitted, Heather Rae Rodgers, Dawn Hailey, John Paul Luna, Sarah Cloutier, LOWBROW Pilgrim … and Robin Baker.
If you have not been to Hardy & Nance Studios in a while, a large gallery space was built at the back of the building where these shows take place. There’s a handicap ramp there, plenty of street parking.
Food provided by Blood Bros. BBQ, Complimentary beverages provided by EESG. Hardy & Nance Studios are located in Houston’s original, historic warehouse district: 902 Hardy Street, Houston, TX 77020. Facebook details.
Participant Jessica Glover Guerra posted her entry in progress on the Facebook page. Her work is hand drawn, printed and cut paper. Follow her on Instagram @guerrastudios
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com