Get out your comfy party shoes and prepare for an art walk like no other. This Saturday night the Sawyer Yards campus, the second largest community of artists in the United States, and one of the fastest-gentrified cities in the U.S. is hosting a party! In case you forgot, this is also where Super Bowl LI hung their hats to play too.
Unlike the regular open studios held every 2nd Saturday, the Sawyer Yards Spring Biannual Art Stroll is when the artists dress up and roll out the red carpet. As far as free events go, you can’t do much better than this. If you’re a fan of my First Saturday Arts Market, you’ll likely run into dozens of artists that participate.
Of course, you are encouraged to purchase art and there’s plenty of it. The campus represents every art medium I am certain. You can explore the campus’ six studio buildings including Silver Street Studios – 2000 Edwards St., Spring Street Studios – 1824 Spring St., Summer Street Studios – 2204 Summer St., The Silos at Sawyer Yards – 1502 Sawyer St., Winter Street Studios – 2101 Winter St. and the new Sabine Street Studios. Sabine Street is adjacent to Spring Street Studios in the north yard of the Sawyer Yards creative campus.
Details: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 4 – 9 p.m. Sawyer Yards creative campus including Silver Street Studios – 2000 Edwards St. Though the event and parking are free, I would encourage you to hire a car. Parking can get insane. Get all the details including a campus map at SawyerYards.com.
Last week I mentioned the opening reception for Keliy Anderson-Staley’s first public art installation of Shelter in Place, a community-focused photography project. This Saturday is the last scheduled appearance of this exhibit.
I had a front-row seat as Anderson-Staley prepared and built the simple temporary house-like structure, sheathed in original tintype portraits, (she had a lot of help) located right in the middle The Market at Sawyer Yards, my second Saturday art show. Several hundred portraits, each a one-of-a-kind metal plate, are on view on the surface of the structure.
I have always been fascinated by tintype photography and it turns out that Anderson-Staley is nationally recognized for her work in the wet-plate collodion tintype process, one of the earliest photographic processes. Anderson-Staley has been creating new portraits in the past few months in Houston as part of Shelter in Place. Many of them will be on view for the first time as part of this installation. Anderson-Staley told me some of the portraits date back to the beginning of her career!
Made of powerful individual portraits, the whole piece is also a portrait of the greater community. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the shelter is an expression of community-building, and recovery. The structure represents the community as a form of shelter, but also our collective fragility and vulnerability in the face of natural and environmental catastrophe. Check it out at 1502 Sawyer St. Ste. 400, around the back. www.andersonstaley.com
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com.