There probably is not a time in MaryAnn Lucas’ life where she was not creating art, and since the late 1960’s she has been creating and studying art. Lucas is a member of and led many prestigious art organizations and I know she has had over 40 solo exhibits. She’ll add one more solo show to her curriculum this Saturday.
Urban Eats, located at 3414 Washington Avenue, will host Lucas’ show titled Paper vs. Canvas from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 10. Attendees will enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres while attending the reception.
Lucas and I crossed paths when I first started my art market and I remember her colorful works on paper and hand printed scarves.
In a phone conversation, Lucas said that the title of the show, Paper vs. Canvas, alludes to her transitioning from paper to canvas as her primary surface for painting. Her medium is acrylic, and when working on paper used many layers, and she said she is gradually incorporating the same technique to the canvas. To the viewer, that means bigger works, which I’m excited about.
MaryAnn Lucas’ art show titled Paper vs. Canvas, will kick off with a reception from 3 -5 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 at Urban Eats, located at 3414 Washington Ave (contributed photos).
Lucas’ work is very colorful nonrepresentational which basically means, free form, without representing any subject. The piece titled Kaleidoscope Cafe measures nearly four feet tall and depicts a three-dimensional array of squares in blues and burgundy. It appears to be moving like a waterfall.
“I view my work as an exciting journey into the unknown, working intuitively, linking one idea to the next progressing toward a finished piece,” she said. “This method enables me to keep my work fresh and creative. With each step there are unlimited choices to reach a final destination. Working in a variety of mediums is a way to constantly explore new possibilities and to push the composition to the limit. Early in my career Edgar Degas and then later Robert Rauschenberg has been most influential in my work – giving me permission to try anything.”
Lucas’ work will remain on view through July 31, 2017. For more information about Urban Eats, please visit www.feasturbaneats.com or call 832-834-4417. MaryAnn Lucas may be reached via her website: www.malucasart.com.
The Market at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer, is this Saturday night 6 – 10 p.m. After last summer’s mix of grown men fainting from the heat and gully washer rainstorms, the one-year-old market is following the lead of its Heights counterpart and opening for the promised cooler summer evenings.
Holler Brewing Co., 2206 Edwards, accessible via a hallway in the middle of the mural wall, will remain open until 10 p.m. The new Local Pho across the street, 2313 Edwards St., is open now as well giving patrons a well-rounded evening in one place.
The artists of at Sawyer Yards will still be hosting their second Saturday open studios from noon to 5 p.m. Ah, the luxury of air conditioning. Visit SawyerYards.com
Fresh Arts, an arts nonprofit located in The Silos, is hosting art tours of the different buildings this summer. The free guided tours include visits to working studios and artist talks. It’s a laid-back way to meet some talented artists, explore the Washington Avenue Arts District, and maybe find a treasure or two! Though free, sign up in advance at FreshArts.org.
Pop Shop Houston Festival is this weekend at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards, on Saturday and Sunday. Organizer Brittany Bly tells me they have many awesome surprises. A beauty bar with complimentary braids and demos, street style by local fashion group, a runway show with local designers, photos, cocktails, live music and more. This event is $8 for both days get tickets and info. at popshopamerica.com.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com