This week I’m changing it up a little, this column could be titled ‘where are they now?’ instead of get off your lazy butt and interview someone Mitch. (I’m putting words in my editor’s mouth.) On that note, here are my event picks for the weekend, with a few where are they now artists.
Going back two years, October 25, 2013, I introduced you to Chris Magisano, AKA – Maggie’s Meltdown. Magisano left a stressful career as a public servant when she found solace in hammering, forging and bending metal into her own jewelry designs. Once reserved and shy about her work, Magisano eventually took on the promotional end of shows and with partners, started The Heights Artisan Market.
This bi-annual event, in its second year, happens in summer and on the 2nd Saturday of December at the Odd Fellows Lodge 225. That would be this Saturday. Among the 14 Texas artists attending, are Julie Pettit, a Heights Textile artist, fused glass artist Gene Hester, mixed media 3D by Yu Cha Pak, and the one and only Liz Conces Spencer, a Heights celebrity! Magisano has since moved to Auburn, California but will be back for show time Saturday.
“We have worked hard to maintain a standard of high quality and medium diversity in an effort to provide talented artists, craftspeople and customers with a reputable local art event,” Magisano said from her studio in California.
I attended their last event and will say I was amazed at the diversity and how good the show looked inside the Odd Fellows Lodge. That space is not generally easy to setup for art shows, but these artists pulled it off quite well. Catch the show 10 a.m.-5 p.m., on Saturday at Odd Fellows Lodge, 115 E. 14th St. Free.
Phoenicia Specialty Foods downtown is presenting YUMMY! Wonderland International Holiday Festival & Brunch. Okay, take a breath. I visited these fine folks last week and here’s your warning – go hungry, go with gift buying in mind, and expect to be entertained. This seemingly unlikely location for an art show hosts artists in their Market Bar, as well as guests who DJ for patrons.
Last summer, Valerie Gudell (culturedcrittercollective.com) helped me introduce urban inyl toys. Gudell is one of the featured artists this Saturday and will have a small army of monsters dressed for the holidays at YUMMY! Metal sculptor Danial Rocha, (he attends my shows) will have his mini hot rods, rat rods and rock musicians available for sale, also.
Other offerings include an all you can eat buffet for $15, and shopping is free. FLY Dance Company will perform a preview show of their holiday Jingle FLY show. The Houston Rockets will join in the fun with giveaways and games with a potential guest appearance by their mascot Clutch.
In addition to experiencing live performances, families can create memories together at hands-on craft centers including a flip book craft from Aurora Picture Show and cookie decorating. Houston Makerspace (Maclean Smyth, Jan. 2015, houstonmakerspace.com) will host a Young Makers activity station for making embossed holiday cards. And, because all children want to tell Santa Claus what’s on their wish list, Santa will make an appearance, speaking with children in French, Spanish and English. Photo opportunities will be available.
They have more events, vendors and specials happening than I can mention here so visit the website yumstop.com. Saturday, 9 a.m – 3 p.m. 1001 Austin St., Houston, TX 77010. Free garage parking.
Cohen is the founder and manager of First Saturday Arts Market. Contact him at ArtValet@gmail.com or visit him on the web at ArtValet.com.