The end of a year always has me reflective and as 2018 is all but over now I’ve been reviewing my Art Valet column and have to say I came close to a promise I made you in the first week of this year. That was to bring you more interviews and fun adventures. Regrettably, I missed the mark on adventuring, but got quite a few interviews in, then slacked off a bit with more events than interviews.
With some encouragement from our new editor, Adam Zuvanich, I got back on track with interviewing and introduced you to artists Denise Greenwood Loveless, Monique Weston, John Delafield, Teresa Staley and Cheri Salinas over the past four weeks.
Suddenly, the opportunity for more interviews is popping up everywhere. Just yesterday (that’s last week on Thursday to you) a man overheard me talking about art and showed me what his upcoming plans are. He and a group of creatives are launching a new concept for showcasing both visual artists and musicians via social media and video, the twist on this is interesting and I’ll bring that to you before their launch date of January 15.
In January of this year, I introduced you to Rhonda Lanclos, a portrait artist at Winter Street Studios. Lanclos hosts a podcast called Artists of Houston, and interviews artists from Sawyer Yards and elsewhere. We’re planning a duel interview – me on air, her in print, details soon. Listen in to 2018 interviews online athttp://artistsofhouston.com.
Lenora Palacios also has her studio at Winter Street and partners with comedians to host comedy nights in her studio. I plan to get to the bottom of this one before the next event on January 19. Visit Palacios in Studio #6 upstairs February 9 or any Second Saturday and get on her email list for the invite.
You still want adventures though, don’t you? So do I and what really intrigues me are what some of my creative friends are doing in small towns like Moulton and Columbus. Why move there?
I’m looking forward to 2019, I have a big imagination and love seasons, new beginnings and all the hooey stuff. However on that note, let me pragmatically wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. Cheers!
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards, find him @ArtValet.com