Jodi Grogan celebrates the opening of Jack Rabbit Gallery The Heights is known for being art-friendly, yet fine art galleries are a surprising rarity despite the often-overused moniker by marketers to the contrary. So when word of a new gallery started making the artist circles, I was listening and anxiously awaiting the big announcement. Good things come to those that wait! Welcome, Jack Rabbit Gallery to the Heights on Friday, May 31. The grand opening will be hosted by gallery founders James and Jodi Grogan of Houston. The event is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. in the newly restored 2,000 square foot warehouse at 228 E. 27th St. The opening exhibition was curated by Hali Grogan, Jack Rabbit Gallery’s managing director, who studied at Art Students League of NY. And yes, Hali is the … [Read more...] about Art Valet: Jump for joy for Jack Rabbit Gallery
The Houston ISD Visual Arts Spring Showcase at the Hattie Mae White Educational Center this year features more than 600 works of art representing students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Works have been derived from a multitude of art media, including photography, printmaking, drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, literary works, digital art and art cars. The show, which began April 26 and concludes Friday, features various works from the first-ever HISD Teacher Art Exhibition, works presented on CW39 and award-winning works from the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, HISD Special Education Art Show and many other local and state contest’s participants. An art reception is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, with special selections … [Read more...] about Art Valet: Works of students, teachers showcased at HISD event
A new tenant has moved into Sabine Street Studios that is unlike many of the other artists and groups that are part of the Sawyer Yards studio complex. Warriors in Art (WIA) is a 1-year-old nonprofit that is providing art instruction to veterans. In fact, the founders of WIA have not found any other nonprofits at all like theirs. A chance encounter brought together the two visionaries that formed WIA. Michael Reynolds retired from the Marine Corps after 13 years of active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he was injured in combat. He was exposed to art therapy following his injury in Afghanistan and found it integral to his transitional process. Reynolds' experience with art led him to express his experiences with painting and drawing and inspired his vision for providing art … [Read more...] about Art Valet: Nonprofit enriching veteran lives through artful expression
In last week’s edition we ran an image of Laura Tyagi’s labyrinth from a series of work she calls "Earthwalk." Along with the image was a description detailing what the viewer was actually seeing, and I was so intrigued I asked Tyagi for an interview. Tyagi was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, but raised in Texarkana. After teaching elementary school art for 11 years, Tyagi is now devoting all her attention to being a full-time artist and shares studio #305 at Silver Street with jewelry artist and metalsmith Jen Lam Parmer. I’ve actually known Parmer longer, and only just met Tyagi when the friends started sharing studio space the past few years. Both artists have upbeat personalities, but together they have an infectious persona and so I love dropping in on them during events, where … [Read more...] about Art Valet: Rock, paper … glitter?
On Saturday evening, the 350 artists of Sawyer Yards will open their studios to the public from 5-9 p.m. for the unique opportunity to tour private artist studios, connect with the artists and purchase their original work. The Sawyer Yards Spring Biannual Art Show and Sale is organized and hosted by one of the nation’s largest working creative communities. The Biannual gives Houstonians the chance to shop directly from artists who work in nearly every art medium, including painting, sculpture, ceramic, glass, mosaic, photography, mixed media and jewelry. Five of Sawyer Yards' studio buildings, including Silver Street Studios (2000 Edwards St.), The Silos at Sawyer Yards (1502 Sawyer St.), Winter Street Studios (2101 Winter St.), Spring Street Studios (1824 Spring St.) and Sabine Street … [Read more...] about Art Valet: Lose yourself, but don’t get lost, at Sawyer Yards Biannual