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Going clockwise from the top left, Wood crafted boat by artist Keith Decker, who will be showing at First Saturday Arts Market. On the right, Samara Gallery A Treatise on Love by Ann Marie Vancas (left) and Whispers by Maryam Lavaf (right). Above, Tea+Art Yunomi.
Summer activities abound with swimming, bike rides, ice cream, snow cones, the beach and art after dark. Wait, what’s that last one again? Art after dark? That is what I call my night shows to transition from days to “cool” summer evenings. That begins with this Saturday evening, 6 – 10 p.m. with First Saturday Arts Market (still by YogaOne at 540 W. 19th St.) and next Saturday’s Market at Sawyer Yards.
For the Heights market, June has always been a busy month and we always see local shop owners come out to visit after a year of only hearing about us. It’s exciting with so much night life at our end of 19th!
Two easy one block walks are Vietnam Restaurant and Southern Goods, and Southern often has music out on the deck. Some very famous Houston artists adjourn the walls at Vietnam Restaurant (guide on the menu).
Across the parking lot of Vietnam is Tea+Art, a tea room, gallery and event space, 613 1/2 W. 19th St. Saturday night is a great time to visit this space if you haven’t yet. The art opening is focused on the Japanese teaware and kimono art. That would be my friend Tina Zulu’s company; Kimono Zulu with vintage kimono’s. Teaplusart.com or 281-546-2344.
Make a night of it this Saturday, visit the website, FirstSaturdayArtsMarket.com for links to area restaurants, bars and a little late night shopping. Naturally, the three dozen artists have complete bios, photos and more for you to preview.
Samara Gallery will present two solo exhibitions, A Treatise on Love by Ann Marie Vancas and Whispers by Maryam Lavaf. The show will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 8. Both artists combine the use of color and abstraction to form two new bodies of work that originate from sound, nature, and emotion. Samara is located at 3911 Main St. 77002
Vancas is a friend of mine and I am happy to see her bright, colorful works represented by such an established gallery.
“As a synesthesia artist, music is always intertwined into the canvas,” Vancas said. “Once I match the music to my mood or theme, I choose the colors. The subject usually is the last to form. The main goal of my work is to paint bright, beautiful paintings to offset the ugly I sometimes see in the world. It’s a constant fight for balance. My favorite theme is love and hope. Occasionally I paint the truth of raw emotion, with little focus on the face and more focus on the eyes because there is where the truth shines through always. But if there is hope … I will always paint that.”
I’ll be in attendance with another Samara Gallery artist, Miss Carolyn Bertand Hodges. I hope we see you there!
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com