It feels like the end of the year got here a lot faster than usual. Maybe I was too busy too notice? I’ve certainly had fun writing the last five columns, and bringing you the stories of local artists. Expect to see a lot more of that in 2015. I’m not one for once a year resolutions, I seem to make a weekly habit of those – but I’ll certainly continue with the interviews.
This week I’m bringing you a final round of shows to help assist you with your last minute artsy shopping sprees. Start Thursday evening at Glitter Karaoke – I know it does not sound like the usual spot for art. As reported here before, Glitter Karaoke features local artists like Valerie G of Cultured Critter Collective. Cute to ferocious anime style figures that are perfect for the collector or stocking stuffers. Mike Potowski and Maria Gonzalez of benjy’s on Washington will be in the kitchen working hard for your appetite. The fun starts around 8 p.m. at 2621 Milam St., 77006.
Friday night is a Mexican Posada at the East End Studio Gallery. The gallery is coming up on its fifth anniversary and continues to bring out more of the best artists, vendors and food than you can shake a piñata at, and yes they’ll have those too. This gallery space is surrounded by other businesses that will be open and two restaurants. East End Studio Gallery, 708C Telephone Road Houston, TX 77023 www.eestudiogallery.com
This is worth the short drive and here is more about what a Posada celebration is from their website:
Posadas are a nine-day celebration traditionally celebrated in Latin America. A posada is the reenactment of the Census pilgrimage to Bethlehem by Mary and Joseph (los peregrinos) in search of a room. From December 16th through December 24th, Mexican families customarily hold a posada party one evening in each of their homes.
During the reenactment, the posada hosts act as the inn keepers while their guests act as the pilgrims (los peregrinos). Holding lighted candles, each group takes turns singing verses to each other. Then the inn keeper hoists open the door and welcomes the pilgrims inside.
Posada parties are not only marked by traditional rituals but are also filled with cheerful socializing, authentic food, and fun for the entire family, including a special Christmas drink and a piñata filled with candy.
Being the third weekend of the month, we have our regular events like Discovery Green Flea at Discovery Green Downtown
and the Hardy & Nance Street Artist Open Studios, both Saturday. Hardy & Nance is at 1707 Nance St., 77020. Open studios are 5-9 p.m. and includes the nonprofit Artists Alive & Well Showcase 2014 in the JoMar Visions Gallery space.
Discovery Green Flea is Saturday from 11 -5 p.m. at Discovery Green 1500 McKinney, 77010.
Jefferson Woodruff of Austin is a metal worker and jewelry artist. Woodruff is a regular at Discovery Green Flea as well as my show, First Saturday Arts Market. I think it says a lot about the Houston art scene that an artist of Woodruff’s caliber travels to Houston several times a month, year round to show his work. You’ll know him by his cheerful attitude, jewelers “eye” that he wears while working, white hair and the many mobiles hanging around the perimeter of his tent.
Discovery Green Flea is no flea market. Expect to find recycled, upcycled, collectables, furniture and oddities that just may not fit in elsewhere. Plus, an amazing setting, great local musicians and popular food trucks. Get more online too: discoverygreen.com/flea
Finally I want you to check out Houston Makerspace Holiday Maker Bash from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. Last week I introduced you to Chasity Porter and her Dormalou Project (aka her mobile art gallery). Porter will be here and will have her monthly arts and crafts table out. Hosted by Paper and Space Collective, you will find local vendors, non-profits, music, beer, and more plus inside the building, Houston Makerspace will host demos, classes, and open studios. 100 Hutcheson St., 77003.
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.