Saturday is the Sunshine Date for First Saturday Arts Market. That’s right, I made that phrase up – I don’t want to jinx our makeup date by calling it by the name that got it canceled in the first place. Rain-date? What sun hating fool thought that name up?
The market features nearly four dozen curated fine artists from all over Houston. Nearly all are fine artists, we do have a soap maker in Cammie’s Handmade Soaps. Cammie and Larry always provide a water bowl for our four legged friends, making the market pet friendly! The market is always going to be a little different, and I’m okay with that.
It is an inspiring environment, both shows are. That’s probably why I’m on edge without sun or the markets. What to do? Just because you’re an adult now doesn’t mean you can’t do what you did when you were child. Create! Cold, damp weather is the perfect time to spend time indoors and I’m not talking about binge watching TV shows you’ll forget about tomorrow. Get some class. Literally!
Houston has instruction on almost anything you can imagine – and I’ve dug up a few classes that will keep your mind off our glowing ball of happiness.
Saturday afternoon is a Brush Lettering for Beginners course taught by Houston watercolor artist Lauren Ellzey. The three-hour workshop is a modern take on calligraphy. You’ll work through the basics of the brush pen including creating proper strokes, layouts and letters. By the end of class you will use the learned techniques to create your favorite quote. The $40 fee gets you one Tombow brush marker, a one stroke set, two alphabet sets, Canson XL Marker Paper and Bristol Board. The worshop is 12 – 3 p.m. this Saturday at Art Square Studios, 2315 Commerce Street Studio #24, Houston, Texas 77002. Visit www.facebook.com/events/209266892982302/
If jewelry is more your thing, head to Galveston Sunday, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. and learn basic wire pendant wrapping with artist Annette Kinslow. Best part? No experience needed. Again, all materials provided for a cost is $125 per student. You keep your own wearable creation and written instructions. Affaire d’Art, 2227 Post Office St, Galveston, Texas 77550, affairedart.com.
Celebrate Chinese New Year “indoors” at Studio 8 for Year of the Dog at Art Square Studios on Commerce, Saturday afternoon 1 – 5 p.m. Hosted by studio artists Valerie Gudell, Penny and Rob McDonald, artists Jai Jones, #20 and Marilyn Lewis #15 will also have open studios. View (and purchase) Year of the Dog-related creatures and other art, highlighting Barrio Dogs. Art Square Studios, 2315 Commerce St., Houston, TX 77002.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com.