For the most part, it’s business as usual in the Houston art world. One would think that the entire city of Houston was shutting down except for sponsored activities, and that is just not the case.
Heck, on any normal week, the dozens of parties, events and activities going on around the “Big Game” is a drop in the bucket compared to the art scene here. Still, it is quieter than normal so I’ve got four art events for you to check out this weekend.
From 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 at Heights Art Studios, 214 E. 27th St., is a closing art reception for two amazing Houston artists: Rodrigo Aguilera and Jerrie Glidden. Aguilera’s portraits up close look like mismatched puzzle pieces and others are pixelated dots and squares. Stepping back, the images become crystal clear, albeit quite colorful!
Glidden is known for her photorealistic images done in pastels, her colorful florals and animals are hard to take your eyes off of. Recently she told me she was working in other mediums like acrylic again. Glidden was one of the first artists I met at Winter Street Studios; in fact, she was one of the first tenants there, too. Her work gives photography a run for its money.
The Heart Show featuring work by Veronica Casares Lee, Lizbeth Ortiz & Sergio Santos will open Saturday, Feb. 4 at Casa Ramirez Folk Art Gallery. Featured art is from Lizbeth Ortez, with her two hearts; And the luche libra art by Sergio Santos. Also featured is Ksenia Annis, with the Lovebirds, who will be at First Saturday Arts Market.
Saturday you can visit me and 40 amazing artists at the First Saturday Arts Market. The show is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 and features a fine selection of artists from all over greater Houston and as far as Austin, Texas. Located at 540 W. 19th Street, I’ve got all the details on the website, including many new faces. Sean Walters, an original singer/songwriter and Heights resident, performs at 11 a.m.; at 2 p.m., members of On Three, a jazz group, will perform. Preview everything, including the artist roster with new artists listed first at 1stSatArtMarket.com.
Right down the street, Casa Ramirez Folk Art Gallery is hosting ‘Amor Eterno: The Heart Show’ featuring work by Veronica Casares Lee, Lizbeth Ortiz & Sergio Santos. Casares works in ceramics, Ortiz works with mixed media and will display multi-dimensional hearts and Santos creates mini scenarios on conventional art boards and paper ephemera.
The opening is 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 and continues through Thursday, Feb 23. Both Ortiz and Santos are well known in Houston circles. Santos moved to Fort Worth not long ago and is busy changing diapers on new born twins, while continuing to crank out his art – so, unfortunately, will not be in attendance.
For more information, please contact Macario Ramirez, 713-880-2420 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday evening, P.A. Mueller will have her first solo show, ever, from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 at JoMar Visions, 5247 Langfield Rd. 77040. This may be P.A.’s first solo show, but definitely is not her first rodeo!
When Mueller pays a visit, no one is left unfazed. Everyone will look like they just finished the best massage of their lives and, alternately, everyone’s favorite aunt kissed cheeks and tousled hair for an hour. Mueller leaves a trail of positive energy wherever she goes.
Mueller’s personality will not be the star of her show, her art will. Mueller’s paintings look like the images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Gaseous clouds in varying colors so vibrant, it’s easy to get lost in them as if you can actually see them swirling and moving as you look at them.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market, find him at ArtValet.com