Are you going crazy to get out of the house and do something?
Good news. I am, too, and I found some places and things to do, even now.
Let’s be honest. It is the middle of summer and, ordinarily, this is the slow season in the art world. There is nothing normal these days anyway – so let’s have a look at what’s open so you get your art on.
Keep in mind, before leaving for adventures in the art world, many places are adopting staggered entries, which means you may need a reservation to get in.
Starting at the center of the universe, the Heights, all of your favorite retail shops are open. I don’t think they’ll turn anyone away. Most of the galleries that I checked in on are open, too.
Redbud Fine Arts, 303 E. 11th St., has new gallery hours: noon-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday or by appointment. The gallery is divided into two spaces, East and West. Both exhibits have been extended through Aug. 2. Ryan Baptiste’s exhibition “The Light Beyond The Blight” in the East Gallery and Dixie Friend Gay’s exhibition “Waltz With Water” is in the West Gallery. The gallery’s phone number is 713-854-4246.
G Spot Contemporary Art Space, 310 E. 9th St., is open from noon-5 p.m. on Saturdays. The number to call is 713-869-4770.
Jack Rabbit Gallery, 228 E 27th St., has resumed its regular hours of 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The number there is 832-991-8113.
When social distancing necessitates that only four customers are allowed at a time, count yourself lucky, you’re in the Whimsy Artisan Boutique at 1802 Yale St. Suite E. Arguably the smallest art space in Houston, owners Jessica and Luis Carlos have more than 125 artists’ work in the 250 square foot space! No worries, Misfit Toys, next door will keep you occupied if there’s a line at Whimsy, which can be reached at 281-773-1295.
Many galleries have online art now available, too. Visit the Houston Art Gallery Association website, https://www.artgallerieshouston.com, to start your gallery search.
Venturing outside our circle of utopia, check out the Bisong Art Gallery, 1305 Sterrett St., in the old warehouse district north of downtown. This contemporary fine art gallery is open from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Artist Lauren Luna will have a solo exhibit here Sept. 19. Get that on your calendar!
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St., is open! I believe all its properties are open, but check the website, mfah.org, to be sure. I do know that you should buy your ticket in advance for this one. Walk-ups are welcome, but you may have to wait.
If you like museums (and all the cool people do), have a look at this website by the Houston Museum District Association, http://houmuse.org.
A little uncertain about being around people? I understand. A drive-by exhibit may be more suitable. Summer Window Series: Ganzeer
Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts has a window series with original works by Texas-based artists up through this Saturday. The Moody’s west wall of windows facing College Way, just off Entrance 8 at Stockton Drive, has original works by Ganzeer.
Ganzeer’s large-scale project for the Moody, titled “It Takes a Village,” embraces the architecture of the building while explicitly responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The motif of the large-scale hands, in bright colors and different shapes, serves as a metaphor for people coming together during this time of social isolation, anger and despair, and encourages viewers to find new ways of connecting and supporting each other.
Perimeter Art Gallery and framing, at 2365 Rice Blvd. Suite E, is open Tuesday-Saturday. Winter Street Studio artist Stacy Nekula Gresell is currently showing. Call 713-521-5928 for more information.
I got word that Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St., is by appointment only while Harris County’s COVID-19 threat level is red. The gallery will reopen on Saturdays and Sundays when things go back to code orange.
Hardy & Nance Studios, 902 Hardy St., is scheduled to open at the end of August. New hours are three hours per day on Friday, Saturday and Sundays, with those specific hours to be announced. Masks will be required and there will be a limit of 30 people in the 17,000 square foot building. All studios are available for escorted tours or sale assistance. Gallery openings will hang for two weeks, with no big openings.
Cohen is an artist and founder of the First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at ArtValet.com for additional highlights and artist’s stories.