This time of year I’m generally writing from the road, or my column is missing from these fine pages. I do have plans for a day excursion or two soon but alas, my fall/winter season of shows starts in just one short week.
Last year at this time we were all watching Hurricane Harvey of which the devastating aftermath is still felt by many. Hardy and Nance Street Studios, in the shadow of downtown Houston, took on water, and this Friday and Saturday the studios will host an art exhibit appropriately titled, We Survived, Changed: A Harvey Retrospective.
The featured artists include: Brandi Untz, Dan Perez, Diana Simonetta, Elena Sandovici, Mortimer Ex, Stäcy Smith and Vince Blasco.
It was Elena Sandovici’s watercolor painting of the City of Houston skyline that graced nearly half the page in the issue that covered the aftermath of Harvey. I bought that painting at the First Saturday Arts Market, a very slow September market. We needed the camaraderie and distraction of “normalcy” from the previous weeks of heartache.
I was blessed to escape any personal damage, that certainly doesn’t mean we should forget our neighbors. A portion of all profits will go to the Rebuild Texas Fund, RebuildTX.org, a collaborative project of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation.
Hardy & Nance Street Studios is located at 902 Hardy St., Houston, TX. 77020 The reception is both Friday and Saturday evening 5 – 10 p.m. hardyandnancestudios.com.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com