Art, shopping, music, dancing, food, drink, selfies, people watching, meeting old friends, making new friends and sweating … a lot. White Linen Night in the Heights is back this Saturday night 6 -10 p.m., officially on the 200 and 300 block of W. 19th Street, which is closed to traffic.
Over one hundred artists, musicians, sponsors, and guests will setup on the street and in shops for this 11th annual white hot event.
Since 2012, the artists from my show, First Saturday Arts Market, have setup their tents on 19th Street across from the shops. It’s a grueling task in a very short period of time and it takes a small army to guide, direct and help them unload.
We’re rather hard on new artists that want to do this show. With such a high attendance record, it’s easy to get high expectations and overlook the short load-in time, heat and volume of people, not all are there for the art and shopping, to be honest.
I’m proud of the group attending this year – many for the first time.
Heather Wobbe is one such artist. She calls her jewelry company Modern Artifacts and uses techniques she studied in school and in the field as an archaeologist where she learned cultural and historical metalworking techniques as well as advanced chemical patination processes. She creates her own patinas now.
“I draw inspiration from my experience working on an archaeology dig in Houston’s Historic Freedmen’s Town.” Wobbe said. “As well as my time as a Curatorial Assistant for the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Stone Fort Museum of Nacogdoches.”
There is a wide variety of jewelry, from Steve Seller’s unusual coin rings to the found object art of Monique Weston. Painters Arthur Deatly and Lauren Luna, both known for their amazing cityscapes have booths.
John Delafield, a potter that has worked our show for many years will have a booth with his earthenware pottery.
Not all of the art falls under the traditional mediums. Take Jonathan Dow Elliott for example, he creates bonsai trees using shredded money for leaves. It takes a close inspection to realize what they are.
Jessica Carlos creates monsters out of yarn. Her devilishly fun creates range from one eyed plants (I-Pods, get it?) to zombies and skulls in a jar.
Khrystyna Balushka creates giant flowers out of paper. Cover a wall or purchase a miniature version as a pendant.
Other artistic wares include “Bug in a Box,” tentacles escaping an English tea cup by “Squirrel with Hammer,” fused glass by Nicole Bolinger, leather cuffs, ceramic hearts, encaustic paintings, pencil and ink work … I mean I could go on forever. There are over 65 artists out there this year.
Preview them all on the website of course.
Many of the shops on 19th host music and those can be found on the official website whitelinennightintheheights.com. Here are two that may not be mentioned.
The Atomic Nightingales, a Texas style Rock n’ Roll band will perform on 19th at Yale Street, sponsored by Zebra Properties.
At the other end of the street, a block party has formed from 548 W. 19th to nearly Sheperd. Tea+Art Gallery (613 1/2 W 19 St.) and many neighboring businesses like YogaOne, TrueLite Gas and My Cabinet Source will host Picture Book, a wildly popular cover band. Southern Goods restaurant across the street is hosting The Tontons.
So much cool, so little time. Find me in my bright yellow booth at the corner of Rutland and 300 W. 19th Street.