As my deadline for this week’s column approaches, my eyelids keep getting heavier and heavier. Time for a reboot! Actually, this just reminds me that summer is around the corner as the spring art shows slow down. Looking back I have had a busy schedule, not anything back breaking; just nonstop.
After the Sunday Streets event on 19th St. the other day, I managed to rush over to my octogenarian friend Carolyn Bertrand’s art show with four fellow artists, just in time to catch the final big sale of the day. Ms. Bertrand seemed very pleased with the outcome and last minute visit by her “colleagues.” Ms. Bertrand is a good reminder to not waste time with the little things. Get busy!
On that note, I’d like to tell you about a few things that I am personally up to. First up is my show, First Saturday Arts Market. This Saturday is our last show with normal hours 11 a.m – 6 p.m. until September. Per normal, we’ll reopen in June at 6 in the evening to beat the heat.
The night shows are always my favorite. July, however, falls on Independence Day and I don’t know anyone that can compete with the The Mayor’s Official July 4th Celebration – 2015 Freedom Over Texas. We don’t like to upset anyone, so we’ll be open July 4 morning from 9 a.m. ‘til the egg fries on the sidewalk. (That would be about 1 o’clock.) Then everyone is free to join the other 50,000 Houstonians at Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou for the Mayor’s event.
Aug. 1, also happens to be White Linen Night in the Heights, the annual event that showcases the Heights to the rest of Houston like no other event. Stay tuned, announcements will be made after Memorial Day.
Last November I wrote about artist Nicole Gavin, who was being featured as part of Artcrawl Houston. A Heights resident, Gavin is a prolific painter whose use of bright colors and bold brush strokes gives her art an almost pop-ish quality given her choice of subjects. Nudes, celebrities and a mix of cultural taboos. That’s what makes it fun and stands out in the crowded art market-place. I have the pleasure to work with Gavin and have her as the featured artist at Public House Heights at 2802 White Oak Suite 100 Houston, Texas 77007.
Two other Heights area artists, Alexis Andre and Bryan Magnon also have work on display. Andre, I’ve known since my first days of volunteering with the Houston Heights Association and have done several shows with her.
Andre is one of the few artists that can make abstracts work. Her work may have brief, one worded titles, but add a few simple brush strokes, or a mess of color and you have a great piece; like one piece at Public House titled “Air Bag.” Not much guessing for that one.
When I first met Bryan Magnon, I considered him to be a coffee acquaintance and then one day he showed me his artwork while we were visiting at Antidote. Rustic was the word that sticks to this day. He used a lot of recycled materials and found objects, yet Magnon’s work is ironically the realism that pulls all three artists’ works together.
By the way, if you haven’t been, you must check out Antidote Coffee at 729 Studewood. One of my favorite hangouts in the Heights.
A reception date has not been confirmed as of this writing, but you can follow my website for details.
First Saturday Arts Market is located between our host, Gen’s Antiques and YogaOne Studios at 540 West 19th Street.
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.