Houston’s foremost arts organization supporting local artists – hosts its annual gala, The Crystal Ball, on February 2 from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. at Silver Street Studios. The event honors Fresh Arts Coalition founder, Marita Fairbanks, and attendees can expect a thrilling evening of over-the-top costumes, entertainment, art installations, food, drinks and a dazzling art and lifestyle auction.
The annual gala is Fresh Arts’ largest fundraiser of the year and is among the best people watching events in Houston.
“Last year was a tough year for many Houston-area artists affected by Harvey and we’re excited to use our gala as the catalyst to kick off a much stronger year for the Houston arts community in 2018,” explains Fresh Arts executive director, Marci Dallas. “Our honoree, Marita Fairbanks, and the gala chairs are passionate and committed to creating a one-of-a-kind event and we are thrilled to have them play a crucial role in the success of our organization.”
Whether it’s 20’s glitz, 80’s glam, a futuristic-inspired design, or even head-to-toe crystals, guests are encouraged to create costumes based on their unique interpretation of the Crystal Ball theme.
With an early morning call for my show Saturday, it’s doubtful you’ll catch me in my favorite glam rocker outfit. I will tell you that this really is one of the most amazing costumed events I’ve ever been too. Go, and come tell me about it Saturday afternoon!
Entertainment includes live painting, body art, fortune tellers, a performance by Y. E. Torres, aka Ms. YET, and a photo booth provided by Shutterbooth. Plus, more drinks and snacks than you can shake your crystal wand at. Tickets are $50 for Fresh Arts members; $100 for non-members. Visit fresharts.org.
A few other events I want to touch on this week: photographers and studio mates Kenneth Hudson and Jenny Wilde are hosting Studio 20 REMIX 2018 Party and Exhibition, Saturday evening 6 – 10 p.m., at Hardy and Nance Studios Gallery, 902 Hardy Street. I highly recommend this one – the duo are each phenomenal photographers; this is a free event.
Roxanne Claire, a longtime Heights resident, and owner of the Claire School of Dance, is sponsoring a performance and exhibition Saturday, February 3, at the JoMar Gallery, 5247 Langfield Rd.
Joining her in the performance of “Passage: A Preview” are three well-known Houston contemporary choreographers: Susan Blair, Leslie Scates, and Sophia Torres. Also included in the evening are an installation and photographs by Roxanne Claire, “The Women in My Family All Sewed.”
Doors are open 7-9 p.m. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at the door. More information at roxanneclaire.com.
First Saturday Arts Market is open 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. This is the biggest show we’ve had in a long while with nearly 50 exhibitors. Get all the details on the webs 1stSatArtMarket.com.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com.