In January I wrote about the Sojourn Studio Residency here in the Heights and how Sojourn gives chosen artists a cash stipend, space to create and an exhibition hosted by the church to feature the work created. The first reception is this Friday above Paulie’s Restaurant at 1834 1/2 Westheimer, featuring Texas artists Christina Macal, Stephanie Darling, and Juan Aaron Castillo. Darling’s work may be familiar to you. She completed two murals recently, one at the historic Heights Theater and one at Vietnam Restaurant in the Heights.
What has an audience of 275,000 people from thirty-one countries in Houston every couple of years? FotoFest’s International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art does and it’s here in the Heights too.
The FotoFest 2014 Biennial, the 15th International Biennial, is March 15 – April 27. FotoFest’s own exhibitions for the 2014 Biennial that focus on Contemporary Arab Video, Photography and Multi Media art are at my favorite artist studios, Spring, Winter and Silver Street Studios, and also Williams Tower, 2800 Post Oak Blvd.
There are more than 100 participating spaces in this primarily self guided event. In the Heights area the following spaces are participating: ArtCarMuseum, Casa Ramirez Folkart Gallery, G Gallery, Koelsch Gallery, The Vineyard Church of Houston, Hardy & Nance Street Studios, Mother Dog Studios and Liberty Station. Good thing this show lasts six weeks, get all the details on the website; www.fotofest.org.
Sojourn Studio Residency Artist Exhibition, 6-9 p.m. 1834 1/2 Westheimer. Sojourn Studio Residency hosts their first resident artist exhibition featuring the diverse work of Christina Macal, Stephanie Darling, and Juan Aaron Castillo. Wine, hors d’oeuvres, and feature music by jazz band Leybon. Opening on March 14, the show runs through April 7. For more info visit https://www.facebook.com/sojournstudio
Britain’s Architects of Air returns to Discovery Green with Miracoco, a one-of-a-kind stunning new luminarium! Inspired by the Lotus Temple in India, the monumental, inflatable structure is a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes designed to generate a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and color. Rising almost 30 feet in the air and occupying half a football field, Miracoco can be appreciated by people of all ages, cultures and abilities. March 15-23, 2014, discoverygreen.com/architects-of-air
East End Arts Market, Spring Edition 12-5 p.m. 708 Telephone Rd. Ste. C.
Hardy & Nance Studios 3rd Saturday Open Studios, 902 Hardy Street; http://hardystreetstudios.blogspot.com
Discovery Green Flea, 11 a.m-5 pm; Recycled/up-cycled, eco-friendly art market at Discovery Green downtown, 1500 McKinney. Chase Hamblin performs at 12:30 p.m. and The Luxury Trio will perform from 3-5 p.m.
Ashley Pridmore “ANIMAL+VEGETABLE+MINERAL,” Opening Reception 6-9 p.m. Redbud Gallery, 303 East 11th St.
“Unity in Diversity” FotoFest Reception, 1-2:30 p.m. Vineyard Church of Houston, 1035 E 11th St. 2nd Cup’s re-opening date coincides with a FotoFest reception, on display in the Cafe through May 18.
Tuesday, March 18
American Society of Media Photographers group show in conjunction with FotoFest at 1100 Louisiana from 6-9 p.m. Including work by Daniel Kramer. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres for the opening night.
Thursday, March 20
10 Years of Awesome! An Art Salon, 6-9 p.m. Public House Heights, 2802 White Oak, Suite 100. For the first time in 10 Years, First Saturday Arts Market artists take their art indoors for a show and anniversary celebration. This is me, and you are invited!
Cohen is the founder and manager of First Saturday Arts Market. Contact him at ArtValet@gmail.com or visit him on the web atArtValet.com.