This Week in the Arts

Wednesday, September 11th

* Lunch & Learn: Medium Cool at BLAFFER Art Museum (4173 Elgin St) 12-1pm. Tours are followed by free lunch!

* Silver Street (2000 Edwards St) 6-8pm – 3 Exhibits, as follows:

** Dansk Konceptuelt Fotografi: Danish Conceptual Photography and New Media Art
** Intersect: Technology, Belief and the Environment
** Velvet Generation: An Exhibition of Emerging Czech Photographers.

Thursday, September 12th

* Conor Bracken – SCORPIONIC SUN Happy Hour and Reading at Brazos Bookstore (2421 Bissonnet St) 5:30-7:30pm.

* Reading | Words & Art at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (5216 Montrose Blvd) 6:30-7:30pm.

Friday, September 13th

* Eternal 30: C. Spencer Yeh, Collin Hedrick at Flatland Gallery (1709 Westheimer) 8-10pm. Performance by New York violinist, vocalist, and composer C. Spencer Yeh. Local artist Collin Hedrick will open the evening.

* Lou Peralta: Disassemble | Opening Reception at Foto Relevance (616 Hawthorne Street) 6-8pm. “Building upon her legacy as a fourth-generation member of a family of portrait photographers, Peralta’s works incorporate tactile materials selected in honor of her subjects’ respective cultural heritages.”

* Matt Messinger: Bestiary at Devin Borden Gallery (3909 Main St) 6-8pm.

* Houston Center for Photography (1441 W Alabama St) 5:30-8pm:
** Opening Reception: Learning Curve 12, an annual exhibition of selected work by HCP´s students from the past year.
** Opening Reception: Daniel Gordon Hue and Saturate “Often described in the style of Matisse’s cut-outs or Cezanne’s still lifes, Gordon’s work uses shape, color, and size to playfully disrupt our ideas about medium-specificity, artifice, and photography in the age of the internet.”

* Public Opening Celebration: Mapa Wiya at The Menil Collection (1533 Sul Ross St) 6-9pm. Opening of the exhibition “Mapa Wiya (Your Map’s Not Needed): Australian Aboriginal Art from the Fondation Opale,” An evening of music and dance performances by David Williams, Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu, and Amrita Hepi. The main museum building will stay open until 9pm. Food trucks will be available.

Saturday, September 14th

* Community Day: Mapa Wiya at The Menil Collection (1533 Sul Ross St) 11am-3pm. A day of outdoor performances and workshops on the North Lawn to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. All events are free and open to everyone.
**11am Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu musical performance.
**12pm Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas will perform a variety of dances.
**1:30 Choreographer and dancer Amrita Hepi will lead a one-hour collaborative dance workshop; sign-up is encouraged for this event, please check in at the front desk.

* Donkeeshow at The Union HTX (2315 Union Street) 3-9pm. Art show and pop-up market celebrating the influences in both Donkeeboy and Donkeemom’s creative world. Plus DJs, local artisan vendors, and food and craft cocktails.

* FestEve! A Night for the Arts at at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, Rice University. 6-10pm. Mayor Sylvester Turner will serve as the honorary chair. Serving as co-chairs are Ashley Turner, Houston’s First Daughter and Bill Baldwin, city planning advocate dubbed “King of the Heights.”  The evening, which begins at 6:00 p.m., will feature local works of art, performing artists, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo will conduct the live auction.

* Sawyer Yards Second Saturday at Sawyer Yards. “Spend the afternoon wandering through Sawyer Yards’ six studio buildings and discover an extensive selection of painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, clothing, mixed media and more. Meet some of the 300+ artists, learn about their work and add a new piece to your collection. An outdoor market, breweries and fitness facilities all around, it’s easy to spend your entire day at Sawyer Yards on the second Saturday of each month.”

Sunday, September 15th

* Celebrating Our Roots Mercado and Art Exhibit at Talento Bilingue De Houston (333 S Jensen Dr) 10am-6pm.

* Solo Harp Concert: Dances & Degas with Susanna Campbell, Harpist at Archway Gallery (2305 Dunlavy St) 6-7:30pm. “Enjoy the music of Carlos Salzedo, Ottorino Respighi, Deborah Henson-Conant and Gary Schocker surrounded by art in the beautiful Archway Gallery. Reception immediately following. Please hang around to grab a bite to eat and meet the artist! $10 donation recommended.”

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If you wish to be inspired or remember why it might be nice to go experience some art, here are a few quotes for you.

Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world. – Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.– Claude Monet (1840-1926)

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
– Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.  – Michelangelo (1475-1564)

“I am still learning.” – Michelangelo

To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.
– Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)
(1918 Georgia O’Keeffe portrait in 1918 by Alfred Stieglitz)

I decided to start anew – to strip away what I had been taught, to accept as true my own thinking. – Georgia O’Keeffe


Art is a way of recognizing oneself.

– Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010)

The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to.
– Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.  – Frida Kahlo

I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.” – Frida Kahlo

They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality. – Frida Kahlo

Art is coming face to face with yourself.
– Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)

Art = a mad search for individualism.
– Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)

Art is not a thing, it is a way.
– Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. – Pablo Picasso


To create, one must first question everything.
– Eileen Gray (1878-1976)

The more I work, the more I want to work.
-Joan Miro (1893-1983)

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
– William Faulkner (1897-1962)

All I did was to look at what the universe showed me, to let my brush bear witness to it. – Claude Monet (1840-1926)

I haven’t many years left ahead of me and I must devote all my time to painting, in the hope of achieving something worthwhile in the end, something if possible that will satisfy me. – Claude Monet

We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause. – Steven Pressfield

I am an artist because the knot is so powerful I just can not, nor want to be, anything else or do anything else. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

An artist discovers his genius the day he dares not to please.
– Andre Malraux (1901 – 1976)

The great geniuses are those who have kept their childlike spirit and have added to it breadth of vision and experience.
– Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946)

I just wanna make the world a better-looking place. If you don’t like it, you can paint over it! – Banksy

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