On the evening of July 6, Archway Gallery hosted its very successful 11th Annual Archway Gallery Juried Art Show, benefiting New Hope Housing.
Juror Penny Cerling selected 51 pieces out of 351 from a total of 189 artists who submitted for display. Winners and honorable mentions were announced at the reception and will remain on display until Aug. 1.
Cerling, a master printer, has worked with many artists over the past 25 years and said of the show, “The art should talk to each other visually from the walls.” That was her main goal in the pieces she selected.
Cerling said there was an “embarrassment of riches” from which to choose. Of the 51 pieces selected, Cerling chose a collection of both 2D and 3D works.
“We had a record number of pieces submitted and a record number in attendance,” said Heights resident Joel Anderson, the director of Archway Gallery. “We love this show as it unites Houston’s creative community and benefits a very worthwhile area charity. Congratulations to all of the artists whose work was selected.”
First place was awarded to Brenda Schloesser for her fiber piece entitled “Corner.” She received a $500 cash award with guest-artist privileges for one month at Archway Gallery. Cerling said of this piece that it “was like an anchor pulling in all of the pieces around it.”
Second place was awarded to Joe Haden for his 3D work “Paradox of Containment.” Third place was awarded to Wendy Moreland for her painting entitled “The Cottage.”
Receiving honorable mention were Joan Laughlin for “How the Light Gets In,” Eve Leonard for “Midsummer Daydream” and Liz Hill for “Respite.”
Archway Gallery began its juried exhibition series in 2009 to broaden opportunities for artists and to support local nonprofit organizations, donating half the proceeds from the sales of the juried artwork to a community partner. This year the gallery is partnering with New Hope Housing, an organization which provides life-stabilizing affordable and permanent housing for Houstonians living on very limited resources. Archway Gallery also is hosting a book drive in support of New Hope Housing’s on-site libraries for its residents. Donations can be dropped off at the gallery from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Add one more event to the plethora of activities at Sawyer Yards this Saturday evening. Art League Houston (ALH) will unveil the Sawyer Yards Mural Project by artists in the 2019 Summer High School Studio Art Intensive. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. at Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St.
The high school program began June 2 with 14 participants ages 14-17. Stu
dents spent the first three weeks of June meeting with professional artists for talks and intensive studio art workshops, visiting art spaces around the city and discussing ideas for their culminating exhibition in August.
Thanks to a collaboration with Sawyer Yards, students were able to embark on a mural project under Director of Community Engagement Eepi Chaad and Houston muralist Armando Castellan, who guided the young artists through an extensive research phase that investigated the historic neighborhoods that makeup today’s Houston Arts District. Each young artist executed his or her individual contributions to the mural, which was completed the last week of June.
Art League Houston is a registered nonprofit charitable organization. The mission of Art League Houston is to connect the community through diverse, dynamic and creative experiences that bring people together to see, make and talk about contemporary visual art. Visit the organization’s website at artleaguehouston.org.
The reception will end about the same time The Night Market and Open Studios at Sawyer Yards begin, and all will focus on the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Metal sculptor Jack Gron’s mobile foundry and “Expressions in Molten Metal” is Saturday evening, too. Details on all events are online at SawyerYards.com.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at ArtValet.com.