Television programming has no shortage of competitive shows on the air, many quite popular that I just can’t wrap my head around – Bachelor and Bachelorette, really? Singing, dancing, fashion stylists, runway models, bakers, chefs, blacksmiths and special effects makeup artists all have the spotlight.
What about art? More specifically, portrait painting.
They may not be on television (yet) but this Saturday the gallery in Winter Street Studios will be the place to catch Houston’s first ever FACE OFF! Nine Houston chapter members of the National Portrait Society, organized by Winter Street Studio artist Rhonda Lancos, will participate in the timed event, August 12, 1 – 5 p.m. – the last hour being a champagne reception and silent auction of the portraits.
Lancos said the National Portrait Society hosts the Face Off competition in other cities around the country, but when she inquired about it for Houston, she was tasked with the job. Other Winter Street Studio artists in the competition include Lenore Prudhomme and Ann Stoudenmire.
“I love the human form, the challenges in painting it are profound and forever rewarding,” Lancos said. “Seeing the beauty in people is so much a part of portrait painting, timeless and gratifying!”
Lancos has “Artists of Houston” podcast in the works and hosts life drawing/painting in her studio every Tuesday, and offers lessons in drawing and painting for beginners.
What can you expect at the Face-Off? There will be two models for the artists to choose from and the artists will paint in twenty-minute segments. Special lighting will be used on the models, too. No back stabbing antics are expected here.
The Face-Off coincides with the Second Saturday Open Studios. On the second Saturday of each month, the artists of The Silos, Silver Street, Summer Street, and Winter Street Studios open their studios to the public from 12 – 5 p.m.
Again, the Face-Off is from 1 – 5 p.m., in the upstairs gallery in the east wing of Winter Street Studios – 2101 Winter St. 77007 – this Saturday afternoon.
After you bid on your favorite portrait, saunter over to the mural wall behind Winter Street and visit my last night market for The Market at Sawyer Yards, 6 – 10 p.m. Enjoy a beer at Holler Brewing Company and/or dinner at the new Local Pho on Edwards. There’s a convenient enclosed hallway through the Silver Street building now to access Edwards Street to our south.
More details at SawyerStreetMarket.com.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com