Two art shows are on my radar this weekend that I highly recommend you check out. Both are by friends that I’ve known for about the same amount of time, with one big difference – about 55 years between their ages.
This Saturday, paintings by Lindsay Peyton, Ian Anderson and Justin Dunford will be on display for a one-night-only event that begins at 6 p.m. at Winter Street Studios Gallery, upstairs at 2101 Winter Street in Houston, 77007. The second show is Sunday, 3-6 p.m. at Happy Fatz, 3510 White Oak Dr. featuring the work of Carolyn Bertrand.
The art show Saturday night is being curated by artist Lindsay Peyton, and is titled “Pocket Universe.” Pocket universe is a science fiction phrase that refers to one world that fits into another – Horton Hears a Who pops into my mind, though. According to Peyton, the phrase has a lot to do with oil paint on canvas.
“A pocket universe has a lot in common with the type of art we will showcase – these small but accessible other worlds contained on canvas,” Peyton said. “Whether it’s a still life, an interior or a figurative work – you’ll see that paintings can become their own magical realms, inviting viewers to step in and explore.”
I’ve known Peyton for some time now and from the first time I met her, she obviously did things differently. She’s a steel trap unless you ask her the right questions, so it is always a great surprise when she announces a new art show and then to see how well she pulls them off, is just amazing.
Peyton does things her way that is for sure, from painting plywood instead of canvas, to living in her studio. Her art, though, is clearly her own and has a style that is hers too. That is very important for collectors. Even as her painting skills develop and improve, I can still spot one of her paintings.
Peyton maintains studios both in Montgomery, just north of Houston, and Seattle. Her work has been featured in several group and solo shows – and her current focus is using oil paint to explore interior spaces. A Houston native, Peyton is a photojournalism graduate of UT- Austin and principal of Cadence Enterprise, a creative services firm.
Remember, “Pocket Universe” is only on Saturday evening, April 25, at 6 p.m. at Winter Street Studios Gallery. Contact Peyton via her website; LindsayPeytonArt.com.
On Sunday, my friend Carolyn Betrand has her solo show at Happy Fatz from 3 to 6 p.m. Bertrand works only in pen and ink and says that her drawings are reminiscent of textured stone and jewelry.
“My subjects come to me, I don’t go to them. They’re intuitive imaginary meanderings,” Bertrand explains. “I try to keep modern, as old as I am. Contemporary art makes statements about current events.”
Bertrand is concerned about climate change. Ms. Bertrand says she doesn’t have the time to be shy anymore and speaks her mind when she wants to. She also assured me that when she is to be reincarnated, she’s devoting her next life to being a sculptor.
Ms. Bertrand is a wealth of commentary on art and conversations with her are always informative and fun. Her work will be on display at Happy Fatz for an unspecified amount of time, get there this Sunday afternoon, though, so you can meet her in person and buy her art! Sunday, April 26, Happy Fatz, 3510 White Oak Dr. 3 – 6 p.m.
Cohen is the founder and manager of First Saturday Arts Market. Contact him at ArtValet@gmail.com or visit him on the web atArtValet.com.