Houston has never been a tourist destination, unless you consider the arts. We have an amazing cultural arts scene here and the visual arts is top notch from museums to festivals. With my art show, I know firsthand why people travel from all over the state for the wonderful activities we have in this vast city. Where art patrons go, so do the artists, like current resident of nearby Navasota - Natalie Jensen. Born and raised in Houston, Jensen was home schooled kindergarten through high-school, took a few interior design courses in college, and has enjoyed art, crafts, and design since she was just four years old and received her first box of beads. I first met Jensen when she attended my show last spring, offering her handmade leather cuffs with up-cycled jewelry and other … [Read more...] about Art Valet: Meet First Saturday Arts Market artist, Natalie Jensen
Happy New Year! I always view the New Year as a new beginning, a second chance or the opportunity to try something new. As 2015 came to a close, I was very happy to give many artists a shot at participating in my monthly outdoor art market, First Saturday Arts Market. For many it’s new experience and new things can be challenging, intimidating and exciting. For one artist, it’s a return to the past. I met artist Iwona Jankowski when we were both trying new things in 2004. For me it was the art market, for Jankowski, it was two painting concepts she called “Sexy Flowers” and “Mottled Horses”.I can easily remember Jankowski’s big paintings of colorful “Sexy Flowers” - the name is hard to forget. It was Jankowski’s abstracted images of horses that I absolutely loved. To my surprise and … [Read more...] about Art Valet: Magnolia Artist Returns To The Heights
How about a bit of nostalgia as the end of 2015 approaches? This year I focused more on interviews than events, and it has been both a challenge and a great time. Here are my top five. To review any interview I may mention, look them up on The Leader website here: http://theleadernews.com/category/lifestyle/artvalet/ I’m far from being a professional writer or reporter. I can ask questions though and for my interviews I’ve conducted them over the phone, coffee, lunch and email. By far, my favorite lunch interview was my first this year, with four women who make up the Meraki artists; Betsy Fraser, Joey Barnes, Paula Kennedy, and Milli Jewell published with the title “Creating art with love, soul and a bit of clay,” on Feb. 7. The four create jewelry of their own designs with polymer … [Read more...] about Art Valet: The Best of 2015
Last December I interviewed Chasity Porter of the Dormalou Project. The Dormalou project is a mobile art gallery housed inside of a bus. I caught up with Porter to find out how her mobile gallery has done. I was curious, too, how an artist would approach an exhibit inside a bus, and Lisa Kelley answered that and a few other questions. Chasity, about how many shows/locations have you taken the Dormalou Project to in 2015? I’ve collaborated with several businesses and events this year. I have to say somewhere between 20 to 25 locations, some of which I visited more than once and a couple where I frequented almost monthly. Are any locations semi-permanent? There are a few places, like the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land, that I visit fairly often and I supply the kid’s arts … [Read more...] about Art Valet: Mobile art gallery, bus open this weekend
This week I’m changing it up a little, this column could be titled ‘where are they now?’ instead of get off your lazy butt and interview someone Mitch. (I’m putting words in my editor’s mouth.) On that note, here are my event picks for the weekend, with a few where are they now artists. Going back two years, October 25, 2013, I introduced you to Chris Magisano, AKA - Maggie’s Meltdown. Magisano left a stressful career as a public servant when she found solace in hammering, forging and bending metal into her own jewelry designs. Once reserved and shy about her work, Magisano eventually took on the promotional end of shows and with partners, started The Heights Artisan Market. This bi-annual event, in its second year, happens in summer and on the 2nd Saturday of December at the Odd Fellows … [Read more...] about Art Valet: From Artsy to Yummy – Where are they now?