Serenity Studios, 1331 Yale St., will host a fundraiser and art show Saturday evening to help offset the expensive costs of living for Houston artist and curator Suzanne Buckland, who is without full-time work while battling cancer.
The following statement is something I wrote to define a call-for-artists mailing group I created in 2005:
“An artist at large is a fiercely independent, self-promoting artist. An artist at large can be an emerging or established artist that promotes their own work through juried art shows, co-op galleries, markets, festivals, grassroots galleries and salons.”
Buckland is most certainly an artist at large. We met at an art show at about the same time I wrote that statement.
Buckland not only self-represented her own art, but other’s works, too. In short, Buckland has been one of the behind-the-scenes powerhouses of the burgeoning Houston art scene for at least the past dozen years.
Her endeavors include everything in my opening statement, but she’s always included other artists. Buckland fills a unique niche for artists and spaces that would exhaust most people, creating art salons. That entails creating a space for art in offices, hair salons, restaurants and other spaces that might otherwise be ignored if not for the art.
She has excelled at this over the years and keeps her patrons and artists informed with a weekly newsletter. Researching Buckland’s current and past work is exhausting! She really is a mover and shaker.
Buckland specializes in painting oil on canvas, charcoal, pastel and oil pastel on paper. Her goal is to the best visual artist she can be, perfecting her painting and drawing techniques, to put a smile on the face of humanity, to preserve nature, the natural world, the environment, and create a greater appreciation for art, nature, freedom and artistic expression among the masses.
Barbara Harmer, a Houston artist, reflected the sentiment of many artists when she wrote the following on a GoFundMe campaign page for Buckland:
“Suzanne is a beautiful person. She is so caring and thoughtful of others. She has given local artists many opportunities to exhibit and sell their art. She is a bright light and should be given the chance to shine.”
The Suzanne Buckland Fundraiser takes place from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. In addition to Buckland’s work being available, other artists will have work on display and for sale.
All $30 ticket sales as well as her sold pieces of art will go directly to assisting her with expenses as she battles Stage 3 breast cancer. Drinks and light snacks will be served. Park in the old strip mall on the corner, not in the vet parking lot. For additional information and tickets, visit www.serenitystudiostx.com.
On another note, I would be remiss in my love of Halloween if I did not share at least one haunted outing on these pages to you dear readers. My pick is Saturday’s Monsters Ball featuring Tom Rye’s Upright Citizens presented by The Whimsy Artisan.
Browse new work by Rye titled Upright Citizens, characters inspired by Greek mythology, urban legends and classic monsters. The illustrations are of various animals impeccably dressed in attire from the 19th-century Victorian era. The Whimsy Artisan is located at 1802 Yale St. Meet the artist from 3-7 p.m.
See what I did there? You can hit both events if you time it right! You’re welcome.