Independence Day is an awesome holiday for artwork and even though it has passed, red, white and blue will certainly be a theme at First Saturday Arts Market this Saturday.
In addition to patriotism, there are many landmarks that can pull the heartstrings of art patrons as well. Landmarks in Houston can probably be counted off on your hands they are so rare, but artist Jim Koehn captures the nostalgia perfectly in his detailed watercolors.
Koehn has earned a living through his art his entire adult life and been involved in a wide variety of creative ventures aside from his ongoing painting. From fabricating studio sets for many of the local Houston TV Stations, an even wider variety of events, as well as painting backdrops, murals, and custom signs.
Like many professional creatives, Koehn has touched on many paint mediums and creative endeavors, but all the while continued to paint and accept commissions.
“I’ve been fascinated by historic architecture for many years and my art often reflects that,” Koehn said. “Lately I am enjoying working in smaller sizes and my most recent paintings are influenced by the Backroads of America, a love of Coffee, an appreciation of Beer, our National Parks – and life in general.”
Koehn’s paintings of the Astrodome, Astroworld, Warren’s Inn and even the infamous “Be Someone” graffitied over I-45 will certainly draw interest. He calls this collection, “Backroads and Main Streets of Texas,” with many iconic landmarks in Texas featured too.
Koehn is a featured artist at First Saturday Arts Market Saturday evening, 6 – 10 p.m. Find him online at jimkoehn.com.
Adore Dentistry recently opened at 540 W. 19th Street, former home to Gen’s Antiques (now at 373 W 19th St) and will celebrate with a grand opening celebration this Saturday evening, coinciding with First Saturday Arts Market.
Adore had a full-size mural painted on the building depicting the phrase, “I AM LOVE” on a multicolored background several months before opening, an encouraging sight to art fans of the Heights.
“At Adore, we’re crazy enough to think that we can change the world,” Adore’s website states. “We use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems to design smiles for all.”
To that end, Adore owners have partnered with A 2nd Cup, a nonprofit coffee shop at 1111 E 11th St, whose mission is dedicated to human trafficking awareness in Houston, to raise funds for the nonprofit’s newest initiative: Brazen Table, which helps survivors of human trafficking to reclaim their personal identities and their futures while training them to thrive in the hospitality industry and beyond.
Adorning the walls of the new dental offices are paintings by Houston artists Alexis Andrei, Koenraad Seghers, Laura Simoneaux and Toria Hill.
Having met both Drs. Ann Shui and Emilyann Nguyen, on several occasions, I am happy to say the Heights has some great new neighbors! Details about Adore and to make an appointment visit adoredentistrystudio.com.
First Saturday Arts Market information: 1stSatArtMarket.com
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com