The Heights has always been supportive of local artists by showcasing their work in stores and businesses. Casa Ramirez FolkArt Gallery is one of the biggest supporters and features both local artists and artisans from Mexico.
Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 2 and continuing through Feb. 16, Casa Ramirez will celebrate the month of Valentine’s Day with “Amor Eterno: The Heart Show,” which is held annually in February.
The retailer will feature original heart-themed work by local artist Lizbeth Ortiz as well as hand-crafted hearts from artisans in Mexico. Hand-crafted artisan hearts from Mexico are symbols of love, caring, passion and protection and are frequently created from wood and tin.
Ortiz’s hearts are made with nails, bullets, ceramic and glass. Why hearts? What do they represent?
“Hearts are universal,” Ortiz said. “Everyone can relate to one and I take joy creating them with found objects to interpret different feelings. I will have a dozen new and unique hearts on display at Casa Ramirez for their ‘Amor Eterno’ (Eternal Love) show.”
Ortiz is an award-winning artist. She attended the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts/Houston and studied at the Pratt Institute in New York City. Born in Mexico City, she follows her creative heart and is inspired by familial culture and traditions.
Many know Ortiz as the founder of the East End Studio Gallery and the Frida Festival. I’ve known her for many years and see her work literally all over Houston.
Did I mention chocolate will be part of “Amor Eterno: The Heart Show?” The public is invited to a “Chocolate and Champagne” reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Chocolate is indigenous to Mexico and is valued in many of its culinary dishes.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at ArtValet.com.