Not too long ago Winter Street Studios was the only name used to reference Second Saturday Open Studios. Now it’s Second Saturday followed by one of six different buildings. There is a lot of talent in those buildings and they want you to come see them.
The Silos, Silver Street, and Winter Street Studios open their studios to the public from 12-5 p.m. Sabine Street, Spring Street and Summer Street Studios open from 2 – 7 p.m. Visit the website for studio info and a map of the entire complex sawyeryards.com.
Rhonda Lanclos is a figure and portrait artist in studio # 18 at Winter Street. At the beginning of this year she started a podcast titled Artists of Houston (artistsofhouston.com) and in a very casual manner, has a conversation with different artists each month, generally around the 2nd Saturday open studios. The topic is what inspires them as artists.
If you happen to catch this column early, Thursday, June 7, Artists of Houston Podcast will be the beneficiary of a happy hour hosted by Fresh Arts, an arts nonprofit, at Bar Boheme, 307 Fairview St, Houston, Texas 77006 5 – 8 p.m.
In an invitation for the event, Rhonda said the following.
“Please support the podcast by having a cocktail at Boehme and buy a coffee mug for $10, put your beer, wine or moonshine in it! All benefit and offset production costs and invests in continuing thoughtful conversations with Houston artists about their process, philosophy and more!”
Artist Janavi M. Folmsbee, Silver St. Studios #315, has been featured in galleries and murals around Houston. Now her work is elevated to even greater heights – displayed above the city on a billboard.
A friend told her about the opportunity to showcase her work in the “Sky Art” project, a venture of the City of Houston’s Houston First Corporation. Artists were juried for the program, which places paintings celebrating the city on billboards across town.
“I was at dinner with my husband, and he thought it was a cool project,” Folmsbee recalled. “My husband isn’t in the art world, so he has a unique outlook. He hit the nail on the head. This is a way that everyone will see art in Houston, whether they go to galleries or not.”
“Billboards have a powerful voice,” she said. “Imagine the positive effect of seeing art on billboards around the city.”
She also hopes that drivers will learn about her story and her passion for protecting the world’s oceans.
Folmsbee’s colorful work is inspired by her ocean dives. As a scuba diver and a passionate marine conservationist, she wants to share on her canvases the colors and the beauty of the ocean.
“I’m joining in the fight to save our marine world—and using art to raise awareness,” Folmsbee said.
Her painting for the billboard draws on colors and shapes of aquatic life. This time, the artist has used her marine forms in the shape of Houston’s skyline. “My paintings show the beauty and strength of the ocean and of our city,” she said.
The billboard is located at 2913 W. Loop 610 and Oakshire, just across the freeway from The Galleria. For more information about Janavi M. Folmsbee, visit www.janavimfolmsbee.com.
The Market at Sawyer Yards will be open for summer evenings again this year, 6 – 10 p.m., starting this Saturday, June 9.
About a dozen studio artists will stay open late and you can find them listed on the website.
Our very special guests this month are University of Houston seniors in the Graphic Design Program. They will showcase printmaking, hand-pulled silkscreens, screen printed tee-shirts, lithographic prints, woodcut prints and more. The cool thing is the money raised from sales like this go towards their May 2019 Senior Exhibition. True artists really are innovative.
Find the graphic design students among the folk artists at 1502 Sawyer St., with details at www.SawyerStreetMarket.com
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him online at ArtValet.com.