Upcoming Programs


  • Sat
    12
    Jul
    2014
    10:45 am1370 Southmore Blvd 77004 (Map)
    Program events

    Join us for an architectural tour at the Asia Society.

    Visit their website at AsiaSociety.org/Texas for a preview.

     

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  • Sat
    02
    Aug
    2014
    9:45 am9771 Westview Dr 77055 (Map)
    Program events

    Studio tour with Daniel Brents at Daniel Brents' Studio.

     

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  • Wed
    03
    Sep
    2014
    6:00 pmArt League Houston 1953 Montrose Blvd 77006 (Map)
    Program events


    Exhibition Tour with JoAnn Fleishouer at Art League Houston.

    Visit artleaguehouston.org for a preview.

     

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  • Sat
    04
    Oct
    2014
    9:45 amHouston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main, 77002 (Map)
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    Join us for an exhibition tour of CrartTexas 2014 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main, 77002.

    Visit their website at www.crafthouston.org for a preview.

     

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  • Sat
    08
    Nov
    2014
    9:45 amFreed Auditorium at The Glassell School of Art - 1001 Bissonnet, 77005 (Map)
    Program events

    The Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) presents Contemporary Sculpture in Houston,a discussion of the city’s contemporary sculpture collections in area museums and art galleries. Noted Houston artist and head of the Sculpture/Foundry department at The Glassell School of Art, James Hill, will lead the discussion, providing an orientation to contemporary sculpture in Houston.

    Mr. Hill is a practicing multidisciplinary artist whose work is rooted in history and social structure. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally.

    Contemporary Sculpture in Houston will begin at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, November 8 in the Freed Auditorium at The Glassell School of Art, 1001 Bissonnet. There is no charge to attend and reservations are not needed. The talk is open to the public.

     

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  • Sat
    22
    Nov
    2014
    10am - 2pm~ address supplied to members only ~
    Program events, Workshops

    Join us for a discussion on broadening your visibility in the digital age.

    Location information will be provided to members via the newsletter and event emails.

     

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  • Sat
    06
    Dec
    2014
    9:45 amArt League Houston - 1953 Montrose Blvd 77006 (Map)
    Program events

    unnamedOn Saturday, December 6, Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) presents Jason Villegas who will be discussing Mineral Spirit, his installation at Art League Houston. The final in the VAA’s 2014 lecture series, the free program begins at 9:45 at Art League of Houston, 1935 Montrose Boulevard. The installation features a spirit-like form, a recurring character in the artist's work, breaking through the brick patio in the ALH Sculpture Garden, and emerging from the ground, ready to the anoint the world with its crystal and mineral power. Inspired by the idea of string theory and spiritual vibrations, the installation explores how science and spirituality can, at times, not only share the same space, but also develop along the same line.

     

    Mr. Villegas, who was voted best artist in 2005, is a contemporary visual artist. His work includes sculpture, painting, drawing, video and more. Mr. Villegas teaches at Art League of Houston and has had exhibitions nationally and internationally including world-renowned museums and nonprofit spaces such as the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, El Museo del Barrio, Exit Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Ruffino Tamayo Museum.

     

    Contact:

    Julia Koutroulis, Chairman, Publicity & Community Relations

    Publicity@VisualArtsAlliance.org

    832.876.5176

     

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  • Wed
    07
    Jan
    2015
    5:45 pmAvis Frank Gallery, 1606 White Oak Dr., 77009 (Map)
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    On Wednesday, January 7, Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) presents Artists’ Business Practices with David Hardaker. The free program begins at 5:45 at Avis Frank Gallery, 1606 White Oak Dr.

     

    Mr. Hardaker studied at the Eleanor Street School of Art and the Blackpool College of Art before embarking on a career as an artist. Professional for twelve years and involved in art related promotion for two decades, Mr. Hardaker embraces the power that art brings to any situation whether it be raising funds for charity, furthering the career of an artist, or being a part of the regeneration of a city. He is the owner of Avis Frank Gallery.

     

    The talk will cover professional practices for artists and include the following:

    • Understanding your own personal motivations for creating.
    • Honest self-criticism.
    • Identifying the best way to have people see your work.
    • Identifying the best way to market your work.
    • The role of a gallery.
    • How to measure success.
    • Are you your worst enemy or your best friend?

     

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  • Sat
    07
    Feb
    2015
    5:45 pmThe Printing Museum 1324 Clay St. 77019 (Map)
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    Experience a personalized tour of Houston's own Printing Museum.

    From their website:

    The mission of the Museum is to promote, preserve, and share the knowledge of printed communication and art as the greatest contributors to the development of the civilized world and the continuing advancement of freedom and literacy.

    Featured in the July 2006 issue of Texas Highways, the Museum is described as “a honeycomb of intimate gallery spaces . . . with a stunning collection of objects and artifacts devoted to the history, science, and art of printing."  The portrait of the Museum concludes with the observation that "printed text may be taken for granted these days, but a visit to the Museum of Printing History somehow makes it seem magical once again.”

     

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  • Wed
    04
    Mar
    2015
    5:45 pmThe Glassell School of Art Auditorium, 5101 Montrose Boulevard, 77006 (Map)
    Program events

    9th Invitational juror Anna Tahinci making her selections

    Critique by Patrick Palmer, Nicole Longnecker & Dennis Nance

    On Wednesday, March 4, Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) offers members and guests a rare insight into a juror’s selection process for art competitions with a discussion by three prominent figures and frequent jurors in the Houston art world. Nicole Longnecker, owner of Nicole Longnecker Gallery; Dennis Nance, director of exhibitions and programming at the Lawndale Art Center; and Patrick Palmer, Glassell School of Art, Studio School Faculty Chair/Dean; will participate in an open discussion of a juror’s selection process. The presentation begins at 5:45 p.m. in the auditorium of The Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Boulevard, 77006.

     

    The three speakers, all of whom have been jurors for VAA, will discuss their selection processes when judging a competition. Previously submitted works will be projected for the audience, and panelists will discuss the selection/elimination process applied to each work. Artists will discover the whys and hows of selection from a juror’s point of view, including the constants of technique and presentation as well as the unique personal biases of jurors.

     

    “VAA is so pleased to be able to present this first-hand look into a juror’s thought process. Every artist who has ever entered a competition wonders what makes a piece worthy of selection. What does a juror look for? How does a juror’s background affect the selection process? These are the questions the morning’s session will investigate,” says Matt Adams, President at VAA. “This is a rare opportunity for artists to get inside the mind of a juror and learn how to make each submission the best.

     

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  • Wed
    01
    Apr
    2015
    5:45 pmThe home of Victoria Lightman, 5203 Gibson St, 77007 (Map)
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    Visual Arts Alliance program on Wednesday, April 1
    features noted Houston art collector Victoria Lightman

    Connecting Through Collecting to focus on works Lightman has acquired and how to build an art collection

     

    On Wednesday, April 1, Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) presents Connecting Through Collecting, an overview of the collection she and her husband Marshal have acquired over the years and an insight into how to build a personal art collection. The program is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1 at 5:45 p.m. at 5203 Gibson Street, 77007.

     

    Victoria and her husband Marshal Lightman are active collectors who run Houston's Looking At Art project, an initiative that supports the local art scene by educating prospective collectors and connecting them with artists during visits to studios and exhibitions. Ms. Lightman is currently board president of the Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts.

     

    There is no charge to attend VAA monthly programs. 

     

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  • Sat
    18
    Apr
    2015
    9 a.m. - 9 p.m.1717 Michigan Street, 77006 (Map)
    Program events

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    Visual Arts Alliance presents art720,

     

    a 12-hour pop-up fund-raiser and mix-and-mingle, Saturday, April 18

    VAA-member artists paint, draw, sculpt on the spot from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.;

    reception and sale of work from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

     

    On Saturday, April 18 at Next Wall Gallery, member artists of the Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) will participate in a 12 hour (720 minute) pop-up fundraiser and mix-and-mingle for artists and patrons.  Artists will begin painting, drawing, sculpting at 9 a.m., with work continuing throughout the day. An art720 reception will begin at 6 p.m. and all pieces created during the day will be available for sale for $100 each, including tax.  All proceeds benefit VAA. 

     

    The public is invited to attend art720, observing and interacting with the artists as they create the art in the medium of their choice. All artwork will be for sale before, during and after they are complete.  Guests can pop in and out throughout the day, and return during the reception to pick up or purchase work. 

     

    “We held our first art720 last year and it was great fun – and an excellent fund-raiser for VAA. Everyone who stopped by loved the opportunity to see how artists work. And then to have the opportunity to actually purchase an original art piece for only $100! It was a unique experience for all, not to mention a wonderful way to collect art, and get to know Houston artists in person,” says Matt Adams, President, Visual Arts Alliance.

     

    Any artist that would like to participate can register by clicking here.

     

    There is no charge to watch artists creating their works or to attend the reception. Reservations are not necessary. Next Wall Gallery is located at 1717 Michigan Street, 77006. For directions to the gallery, visit www.facebook.com/Next-Wall-Gallery.

     

     

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  • Sat
    09
    May
    2015
    10:00 amThe Glassell School of Art Auditorium, 5101 Montrose Boulevard, 77006 (Map)
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    On Saturday, May 9, the Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) takes a comprehensive look at the contemporary art scene in Paris, guided by Anna Tahinci, PhD, who is professor and head of the Art History Department of the Glassell School of Art. Dr. Tahinci will present an in-depth consideration of Paris, a city that keeps renewing itself by constantly showcasing vibrant contemporary art. The lecture will be held at 10 a.m. in the Freed Auditorium of The Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Boulevard, 77006.

     

    Through virtual visits to both well-known Parisian contemporary art spaces (including the newly-inaugurated Louis Vuitton Foundation built by Frank Gehry) and hidden gems, Ms. Tahinci will analyze relational aesthetics and trace the history and culture of France in Paris. The VAA-sponsored lecture will also address the historical, financial, administrative and political challenges Paris is facing in the 21st century: globalization and export of French art and culture, the neglect of permanent collections in favor of blockbuster temporary exhibitions, the necessity of being profitable due to less governmental support and the requirements for introducing contemporary art in the context of a rich cultural heritage.

     

    Ms. Tahinci, a native of Greece, studied history and archaeology in Athens and spent a total of 11 years in Paris, where she studied art history and comparative literature at the Sorbonne (Ph.D. on Rodin's collectors) and Museum Studies at the Ecole du Louvre. She has worked at the Musée Rodin, the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and the Harvard Art Museum. Further credentials include teaching at Boston University Paris, the University of Minnesota, Macalester College in Minnesota and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She co-curated the sculpture exhibition that was organized in Athens for the Olympic Games in 2004 and the exhibition Rodin and America at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University in 2011.

     

    There is no charge to attend VAA monthly programs. 

     

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  • Wed
    03
    Jun
    2015
    6 - 8 p.m.Art Supply on Main - 2711 Main St 77002 (Map)
    Program events

    ATCOn Wednesday, June 3, Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) presents Introduction to Artist Trading Cards, a lecture, demonstration and workshop by Keri Bas. The lecture will feature Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), a movement in which individuals throughout the world make and exchange/trade miniature works of art. The lecture is Wednesday, June 3 at 5:45 p.m. at Art Supply on Main, 2711 Main, 77002.

     

    Ms. Bas will discuss the movement that has grown to include thousands of individuals who make and exchange ATCs. About the size of a baseball card, 2.5”x3.5”, the small-scale works of art are produced in a variety of media, depending on an artist’s preference. Some artists exchange ATCs and others sell their cards at Artist Card Editions and Originals (ACEOs). Other small-scale art trends that use similar techniques include Inchies, Postcard or Envelope Art.

     

    During the VAA event, attendees will be able to create an ATC. “Bring your own materials or use some of mine,” says Ms. Bas. “Try collage, colored pencils, stencils, stamps, paint, textiles or whatever you have. The possibilities are limitless.” Ms. Bas recommends that artists bring their own scissors, x-acto knives and preferred glue.

     

     

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  • Sat
    11
    Jul
    2015
    10:00 amHouston Public Library, 2510 Willowick Rd 77027 (Map)
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     Visual Arts Alliance presents book signing and discussion of To Catch an Art Thief by author Vivian T-N Ho on Saturday, July 11

    Discussion of the shady world of art thieves where masterpieces are currency

    For its monthly program, Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) presents a fascinating look into the art world’s dark underbelly, courtesy of Vivian T-N Ho, author of To Catch an Art Thief. The discussion will be held on Saturday, July 11, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Houston Public Library, Looscan Branch, 2510 Willowick Road, 77027.   

     

    The years surrounding 1985 were boom times for art thieves and Ms. Ho offers a unique view into this shady world of crooks, fences, and unscrupulous art dealers where masterpieces are the currency of choice. Writing as Vivian T-N Ho, artist and criminal justice scholar Dr. Truc-Nhu Ho reconstructs this dark period in art history, exploring the strategies and tactics used by art thieves, from simple shoplifting to elaborate burglary schemes. At the lecture she will also delve into the response of law enforcement to art-related crimes, recounting and reconstructing cases from the New York City Police Department.

     

    There will be a book signing and Dr. Ho has offered to donate 15% of the sales to VAA.

    Contact:

    Julia Koutroulis, Chairman, Publicity & Community Relations

    Publicity@VisualArtsAlliance.org

     

     

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  • Sat
    01
    Aug
    2015
    9:45 amThe Printing Museum 1324 Clay St 77019 (Map)
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    On Saturday, August 1, Visual Arts Alliance presents Digital Tools in Traditional Sculpture Making, a lecture by Houston artist and author Bridgette Mongeon. Ms. Mongeon, who is the author of 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft, will discuss the possibilities available for artists using 3D printing, sculpting, scanning and milling. The program begins at 9:45 a.m. at The Printing Museum, 1324 Clay Street, 77019.

     

    Ms. Mongeon, a Houston resident, is a master sculptor with more than 20 years of experience in figurative sculpture. She writes and lectures about the arts, technology and marketing in the arts. She holds a master of fine arts degree in combining 3D technology and fine arts from Goddard College. Her most recent public art commission is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, a monumental bronze sculpture created in honor of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s famous children’s book. The sculpture is intended for a Texas part and will be installed in 2016.

     

     

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  • Wed
    02
    Sep
    2015
    6:00 pmThe Printing Museum 1324 Clay St 77019 (Map)
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    On Wednesday, September 2, Visual Arts Alliance explores Houston’s three newest arts districts

    Art leaders address the impact of these new developments devoted to the arts

     

    As art and artists become part of the fabric of the city of Houston, arts districts nurturing creativity are popping up in all quadrants of the city. On Wednesday, September 2, Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) gathers art leaders and district directors for a talk titled The Power of Three: New Arts Districts in Houston. The panel will address the impact of three of the city’s newest art developments, including the East End Arts District, the Midtown Cultural Arts and Entertainment District and the Washington Avenue Arts District. The presentation will begin at 5:45 p.m. in The Printing Museum, 1324 W. Clay Street, Houston, 77019.

     

    Diane BarberThe Director of the East End Cultural District, Diana Barber, will discuss Houston’s newest cultural district, which is rooted in one of the city’s oldest communities near Buffalo Bayou and the recently re-designed Guadalupe Plaza Park. The East End Cultural District is home to a number of historic sites and an impressive and ever-growing collection of visual and performing arts venues, artist studios, maker spaces, urban farms, iconic restaurants, outdoor murals and reimagined parks and public spaces such as The Esplanade at Navigation that serve as hubs for cultural activity.

     

    Cynthia Alvarado and Vikki Trammell will represent the Midtown Cultural Arts and Entertainment District. Established in 2012, every form of art is represented in this community. Midtown has more than 170-art-based venues including studios, museums, galleries, theater groups, artist-in-residence programs, culinary arts, live music venues and art-related retailers. Midtown continues its commitment to the arts while working toward creating Houston as an arts destination.

     

    Susannah MitchellThe Washington Avenue Arts District will be represented by its Director, Susannah Mitchell. Home to several converted warehouse studio buildings with more than 250 studios of artists and creative entrepreneurs plus exhibition and event space, this District boasts what is believed to be the highest concentration of working artists in Texas. The area is also home to many individual artists’ residences, studios and arts-focused institutions such as Crockett Elementary, an award-winning fine arts school, and Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA), a multicultural arts education and performance center.

     

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  • Wed
    07
    Oct
    2015
    5:15 pmTurrell's "Skyspace" (Map)
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    On Wednesday, October 7, Visual Arts Alliance invites Houstonians to take a free tour of the public art collection on the Rice University campus. The one-hour art walk begins at 5:15 p.m. and will be followed by attendance at the sunset light show at James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace. The art walk will depart from the Twilight Epiphany, which is located directly behind the Shepherd School of Music.

    The art walk will showcase pieces from Rice University’s public art collection, including:

    • James Surls’ The Tree, The Knot, Flower and Me. 2009
    • Jaume Plensa’s Mirror. 2011
    • Charles Mary Kubricht’s Paramuseum: Environmental Exigencies.2010
    • Geoffrey Dashwood’s Monumental Barn Owl.2009
    • Jim Love’s Jack. 1972
    • Aurora Robson’s Lift. 2009
    • Michael Heizer’s 45’, 90”, 180”.1984. (Time permitting.)

     

    The art walk will conclude in time for guests to attend the 6:30 p.m. sunset light show at the Skyspace. There is no charge to attend, but reservations are required to attend the Skyspace light show. Reservations can be made, beginning Wednesday, September 23 at www.skyspace.rice.edu. The light show will end at approximately 7:10 p.m.

    Guests are advised to wear suitable clothing for the weather, walking shoes and possibly bring bug spray. A snack and water bottle will be provided to attendees. Rain date is Wednesday, October 14.

    Parking is available in West Lot 1, off Stockton near University Boulevard, in front of the Shepherd School of Music. There is a fee for parking. Guests should walk directly through the Shepherd School, exiting with the Skyspace structure in view.

     

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  • Sat
    07
    Nov
    2015
    9:45 amSouth Gessner Police Station - 8605 Westplace, 77071 (Map)
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    Tara Conley highlights VAA November program with on-site tour and discussion of her work saluting Houston police

    On Saturday, November 7 at 9:45 a.m., Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) presents an in-depth look at Houston artist Tara Conley’s 35-piece permanent collection of sculptures that are installed at the South Gessner Police Station, in District 17 at 8605 Westplace, 77071. Located on the interior and exterior of the station, the work ranges from a monumental outdoor stainless steel sculpture, a welcoming stained glass sculpture in the lobby, to 33 cast bronze sayings woven throughout the building. Commissioned by Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) in partnership with the City of Houston, the permanent installation is the newest addition to the municipal art collection.

    During the program, Ms. Conley will lead guests on a tour of the installation, with discussions about the meanings and inspirations for each. She was inspired by officers and citizens working together with patience, tolerance and vigilance to establish a safe and prosperous community. The sculptures transform, encourage and connect those to whom they tribute and will endure in their honor. Highlights of the installation include:

    • Towering 18-foot stainless steel outdoor sculpture at the front entrance of the station.We Are in the Business of Changing the World, SS is an abstract, honeycomb design that illustrates the relationship between police officers and the Houston community.
    • Second major work in the public lobby. We Are in the Business of Changing the World, SGis also a honeycomb design, composed of steel and colored glass which reference the diverse communities within District 17.
    • 33 sculptural, hand-written phrases case in bronze that are located throughout the station.You Have the Right to Remain Silent presents 33 cast bronze phrases that Ms. Conley has collected for 15 years. The wise, witty, introspective and challenging phrases are found in public and private areas at the South Gessner Police Station.

     

    As part of its educational outreach, VAA presents monthly programs that are open to the public. There is no charge to attend and registration is not necessary.

     

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  • Sat
    05
    Dec
    2015
    10 - 11 a.m.Project Row Houses, 2521 Holman St 77004 (Map)
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    On Saturday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m., Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) presents Ryan N. Dennis, Public Art Director of Project Row Houses, who will describe the history and programs of this community-based arts and culture non-profit organization.  Located in the Third Ward of Houston, Project Row Houses is one of the city’s oldest African American neighborhoods.  The mission of Project Row Houses is to be the catalyst for transforming community through the celebration of art and African American history and culture.

    Ms. Ryan will also provide an orientation to Round 43: Small Business/Big Change: Economic Perspectives from Artists and Artrepreneurs, currently on view, that examines the role of small business in the context of gentrification such as that happening in the Third Ward.  The free talk will take place at Project Row Houses, 2521 Holman, 77004.

    As part of its educational outreach, VAA presents monthly programs that are open to the public. There is no charge to attend and registration is not necessary.

     

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  • Sat
    09
    Jan
    2016
    10 - 11 a.m.Silver Street Studios 2000 Edwards Street, Building C, #2, 77007 (Map)
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    FotoFest
    On Saturday, January 9, Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) presents a first look at FotoFest’s 2016 Biennial – CHANGING CIRCUSTANCES, Looking at the Future of the Planet. Vinod Hopson, FotoFest Press Coordinator, will offer an early overview of the exhibitions and programs. This free program will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in unit 2 at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards Street, 77007.

    There will be a discussion of the Changing Circumstances theme, which focuses on the creative and scientific visions for the future of our planet and its’ inhabitants. The preview also presents an opportunity for guests to become acquainted with Silver Street Studios, which is FotoFest’s location in the Washington Avenue Cultural District. Participants will learn about the many components that make up the six-week Biennial including curated exhibitions, participating spaces, The Meeting Place (aka “The Olympics of Photography”), auction and bike scramble which occurs in March and April of 2016.

    As part of its educational outreach, VAA presents monthly programs that are open to the public. There is no charge to attend and registration is not necessary.

     

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  • Sat
    06
    Feb
    2016
    10 - 11 a.m.Silver Street Studios 2000 Edwards Street, #213, 77007 (Map)
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    Silver Street Artists

    Lorena Morales, Kyong Burke, Kelyne Reis, and Ana Archer at Silver Street Studios.

    For its February program, Visual Arts Alliance presents four emerging artists in the Houston arts scene. On Saturday, February 6, beginning at 10 a.m., attendees will have the opportunity to meet and visit with Ana Archer, Kyong Burke, Lorena Morales and Kelyne Reis in their studios at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards Street, 77007

    The four artists are diverse in style, inspirations, age and home country. The connecting factor is that they all maintain their studios at Silver Street Studios and are quickly becoming known in the city’s art circle. The artists’ works and concentrations include:

    • Ana Archer, known for her large abstract painting, applies acrylic paints in primary colors onto the canvas creating form and texture with the volume and viscosity of the paint.
    • Kyong Burke is currently concentrating on a series with different subjects created in varying styles with different media.
    • Lorena Morales creates paintings and sculptures on plexiglass acrylic sheets. The paintings and sculptures vary depending on a room’s lighting as well as the angle of the viewer.
    • Kelyne Reis plays with bold colors, lines and graphic shapes, with color becoming the subject in her works. She lets bold colors interact with one another, hides details, combines unexpected hues and works with strong contrasts to create simple paintings.

    Along with tours of each of the artists’ studios, guests can view the Collective Art Show in the Hall Gallery of Silver Street Studios and drop in other artists’ studios in the building. The program will begin at 10 a.m. outside the Kelyne Reis Art Studio, #213, Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards Street, 77007.

    As part of its educational outreach, VAA presents monthly programs that are open to the public. There is no charge to attend and registration is not necessary.

     

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  • Sat
    05
    Mar
    2016
    10 - 11 a.m.The Glassell School of Art Auditorium, 2450 Holcombe Blvd, park at entrance 81, 2nd fl, 77021 (Map)
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    FaceBook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/880325052075604

    Visual Arts Alliance presents discussion
    of jurors’ criterion for art competitions Saturday, March 5
    Rare opportunity to get first-hand comments on selection process from three well-known jurors

    The three speakers, all of whom have been jurors for VAA, will discuss their selection processes when judging a competition. Previously submitted works will be projected for the audience, and panelists will discuss the selection/elimination process applied to each work. Artists will discover the whys and hows of selection from a juror’s point of view, including the constants of technique and presentation as well as the unique personal biases of jurors.

    On Saturday, March 5, Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) offers members and guests a rare insight into a juror’s selection process for art competitions with a free discussion by three prominent figures in the Houston art world: Chris Higham, noted Houston art collector and active volunteer in the Houston arts community; Gus Kopriva, owner of Redbud Gallery, Houston; and Dr. Anna Tahinci, Ph.D., Professor and Head of Art History at Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The free presentation begins at 10:00 a.m. in the auditorium of The Glassell School of Art, 2450 Holcolmbe Blvd., 2nd floor, Houston 77021. Parking is at entrance 81.

    “VAA is so pleased to be able to present this first-hand look into a juror’s thought process. Every artist who has ever entered a competition wonders what makes a piece worthy of selection. What does a juror look for? How does a juror’s background affect the selection process? These are the questions the morning’s session will investigate,” says Matt Adams, President at VAA. “This is a rare opportunity for artists to get inside the mind of a juror and learn how to make each submission the best.

     

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  • Sat
    02
    Apr
    2016
    10 a.m. - noonCecil’s Pub, 600 W. Gray Street, 77019 (Map)
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    FaceBook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/222041671479501/

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    On Saturday, April 2 at 10 a.m., Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) presents art enthusiasts a unique opportunity to get a first-hand look at the city’s street art scene during a two-hour tour of some of the best murals and street art in the city.

    Lead by Joel Carpenter, local street art expert and curator of www.gulfcoastgraffiti.com, the group will travel by bus through downtown and midtown, offering guests a first-hand look and first-person discussion of the artwork, the lingo and the artists. Several local artists, including Daniel Anguilu, Black Cassidy and Scott Tarbox, have been invited to join the group.

    The Houston Street Art tour will begin at 10 a.m. at Cecil’s Pub, 600 W. Gray Street, 77019. Mimosas will be served to launch the tour plus snacks and adult beverages will be provided. The tour will return to Cecil’s at 12 p.m. and guests are invited to celebrate at a special happy hour.

    The tour is limited to 29 individuals. Tickets are $10 for VAA members and $20 for non-members and registration is online at https://form.jotform.com/VAAPresident/StreetArt.

     

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  • Sat
    07
    May
    2016
    10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.The Orange Show, 2402 Munger St, 77002 (Map)
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    A carnival of glittering glass, an homage to folk art and a family-friendly green space, there’s no place quite like Smither Park.

    Part collaborative art installation, part civil engineering project, the park reminds us to revere nature as a source of inspiration, and at its heart is “The Orange Show.” From 1956 to his death in 1980, Houston postman Jeff McKissack worked in isolation to transform an East End lot into an architectural maze of walkways, balconies, arenas and exhibits decorated with mosaics and brightly-painted iron figures.

    Join the Visual Arts Alliance for a private, docent-led tour of this incredible space Saturday, May 7 from 10 to 11 a.m. Admission is free for the first 20 people, then $5 per person, to “The Orange Show,” 2402 Munger Street, where members and non-members will learn about one of Houston’s quirkiest landmarks. After the tour, attendees are invited to experience Smither Park, featuring an amphitheater, memory wall, meditation area, covered pavilion, swings and an interactive sculpture. Structures in the park are adorned with elaborate mosaic work created out of recycled and found materials and designed and executed by local artists and those interested in exploring their own creative potential.

    Smither Park is a work of art in progress, providing a unique opportunity to see artists in action and the evolution of an international artistic destination. The space is a project of The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art in collaboration with renowned architect and designer Dan Phillips. McKissack created “The Orange Show” in honor of his favorite fruit and to illustrate his belief that longevity results from both hard work and good nutrition.

     

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  • Sat
    04
    Jun
    2016
    10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.Houston Makerspace, 3605 Texas Ave, 77003 (Map)
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    Imagine a “gym” for creatives, with a month to month contract where artists and makers of all kinds can go and exercise their ideas and build their artistic muscles. East of downtown Houston, Houston Makerspace is exactly that. Join VAA on Saturday, June 4 from 10 to 11 a.m. for a private tour at Houston Makerspace, 3605 Texas Street, where members and non-members will learn about this unique community centered warehouse studio, which includes shops for woodworking, welding, printing, jewelry making, ceramics, as well as a teaching farm.

    Houston Makerspace opened in April 2014 and moved to their new 8500 square foot warehouse a year later. Maclean Smyth, the founder and operator of Houston Makerspace, will lead this free tour. “I believe that creativity aspires innovation and ambition in our culture,” Smyth says. “With this space, we can build a society of makers right here in Houston.”

     

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  • Sat
    09
    Jul
    2016
    9:45 - 11:30 a.m.Taller ISMA Printmaking Gallery 1499 North Post Oak, Suite 103 77055 (Map)
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    Long-time Houston artist and teacher Armando Rodriguez has held printmaking lessons at the Art League, Houston for years. Now he’s offering audiences the opportunity to learn about his studio and equipment, and will share his perspective on his own work.


    Rodriguez was born in Mexico and moved to the U.S. as a child. He received a BFA in printmaking from the University of Houston in 1982 and works in many media including photography, etching, lithography and monotype, graphic design and bookmaking. In addition to teaching at Art League, Houston, he also works for the Houston Chronicle and in the education department at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

     

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  • Wed
    03
    Aug
    2016
    1:00 - 2:30 p.m.Federal Reserve Bank 1801 Allen Parkway 77019 (Map)
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    Pre-registration required*: Deadline Monday August 1 by 1:00 P.M.

    The Art Collection of the Federal Reserve Bank, Houston Branch has about 60 pieces of diverse contemporary art, mainly by Texas artists. Some of the artists represented in this collection are Al Souza, Aaron Parazette, Dario Robleto, Helen Altman, Dixie Friend Gay, and Lance Letscher.

    There will be a limit of 30 attendees for this tour, on a first come - first served basis.
    The tour will begin at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, August 3.
    Please arrive in the lobby at the Federal Reserve Bank by 12:45 PM.
    The tour will last approximately 1 hour.
    *Please RSVP to Diane Gelman at dianegel@aol.com or 713-819-6377 by 1:00 PM on Monday, August 1.

    A list of attendees will be submitted to the Federal Reserve Bank and will be used by the Security Guards for check in.  Only those who are on this list will be allowed to attend. Please park in the Bank Visitor Parking Lot behind the Bank, entering from Taft Street. The Bank is located at 1801 Allen Parkway between Taft, Gillette and Dallas Streets.
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  • Wed
    07
    Sep
    2016
    5:45 - 7:30 p.m.Contemporary Arts Museum Houston 5216 Montrose Blvd 77006 (Map)
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    An Art Tour of the current exhibitions at the CAMH led by Thedra Cullar-Ledford. Details forthcoming.

     

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  • Wed
    05
    Oct
    2016
    6:00 - 7:30 p.m.Legacy Art Foundry 4071 Hollister Rd 77080 (Map)
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    October Educational Program

    Join VAA for a tour of Legacy Fine Art Foundry on Wednesday, October 5 at 6 pm. This full-service foundry offers all services related to casting in bronze, stainless steel, resin, fiberglass and plaster. Sculptures made at the foundry are also on display. Legacy Fine Art is located at 4071 Hollister Street, Houston, TX 77080. The tour is open to members and non members of VAA. Also, Legacy Fine Art does allow photography by guests on tour.

     

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  • Sat
    12
    Nov
    2016
    1:00 - 2:30 p.m.The Printing Museum 1324 W Clay 77019 (Map)
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    In this richly illustrated lecture Dr. Anna Tahinci will analyze a variety of artworks from the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in relation both to formal elements (line, space, light and color, form, texture, and pattern) and the principles of design (balance, scale, proportion, rhythm, unity, and variety). Universal themes will be studied within historical, political, economic, sociological, conceptual, and aesthetic contexts. Join Visual Arts Alliance on November 12, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at The Printing Museum, 1324 West Clay, Houston, 77019 for this free lecture. Members and non-members are welcome.

    Dr. Anna Tahinci is Professor and Head of Art History at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has worked at the Musée Rodin, the Musée d’Orsay, the Harvard Art Museums, and the Louvre. She studied History and Archaeology in Greece, Museum Studies at the Ecole du Louvre, and Comparative Literature and Art History at the Sorbonne. She received her Ph.D. from the Sorbonne with a specialization on 19th and 20th century French sculpture (dissertation on Rodin's collectors during his lifetime). Dr. Tahinci has taught at Boston University–Paris, the University of Minnesota, Macalester College, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design as well as the University of Houston. She co-curated the sculpture exhibition for the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 and the exhibition "Rodin and America" at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University in 2011.

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  • Wed
    07
    Dec
    2016
    6 p.m. to 7 p.m.Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St, 77002 (Map)
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    The Big Show, photo credit: Adam Clay

    On December 7 at 6 p.m., Visual Arts Alliance is offering a guided tour at Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main Street.

    Each year, through a competitive application process, Lawndale Art Center awards three artists with a studio and support for nine months, including a monthly stipend, studio visits and an exhibition at the end of their residency.

    The tour will include Double Digits: Lawndale's Artist Studio Program, 10 Years and Counting. This exhibition celebrates not only the thirty artists who have participated in the Artist Studio Program since 2006 but also the vital contribution that the Artist Studio Program has made to the Houston art community. Also included will be the Lawndale Archives, Gulf Coast Collaboration and Project Space with Lawndale Live by Maurice Duhon, Jr., Phillip Pyle II, Jawwaad Taylor and Stephen Wilson.

    Space is limited to 30 people. Email Programs@VisualArtsAlliance.org to reserve space.

     

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  • Wed
    11
    Jan
    2017
    6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.2808 Rice Blvd, 77005 (Map)
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    On Wednesday, January 11, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Visual Arts Alliance will hold an art talk and tour of the Lester Marks Collection, courtesy of LCM Partners, Ltd. at 2808 Rice Boulevard, Houston. Lester Marks, President of LCM Partners, Ltd., and a represented artist himself, has been collecting contemporary art for 25 years. He has served as a trustee for both the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, among others.

    Mr. Marks has been included in Art News as one of the top 200 collectors in the world, and in Art & Antiques as one of the top 100 “collectors making a difference” in the art world. Most recently, American Art Collector featured the collection in the Winter 2016 issue of Iris Covet Book.

    The home of Lester Marks is a “mini-museum” of contemporary art. The home is built around an outdoor courtyard displaying the stone sculpture of the British environmental artist Richard Long. There are passageways to three small gallery spaces, a studio, and even a “subterranean playroom” for the adventurous. The collection features museum-quality works from internationally renowned artists as well works by hundreds of regional and Houston-area artists.

    Space is limited to 45 people. Email Programs@VisualArtsAlliance.org to reserve space.

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  • Wed
    01
    Feb
    2017
    5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.Box13 Artspace, 6700 Harrisburg Blvd, 77011 (Map)
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    Join Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 5:45 p.m. for a studio visit and tour of BOX 13 ArtSpace, hosted by ceramic artist Jessica Kreutter.

    BOX 13 ArtSpace is an innovative art space located at 6700 Harrisburg Blvd., Houston TX 77011. It is an artist run nonprofit space dedicated to the creation and advancement of experimental contemporary art in Houston. BOX 13 offers affordable work spaces for emerging and established artists, dedicating four interior spaces to the exhibition of artistic explorations, a window gallery for installations and an outdoor courtyard space. 25 residents, artists working in all media, participate in BOX 13.

    Kreutter works in parts and pieces and is interested in creating objects and spaces that are in transformation These transformations speak about a potential to be between, to be more than what contains us. It is both a connection and dissolution, something between remembering and forgetting that opens up a space for reality to be intersected with something other. In 2013, she designed an ice sculpture in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver) and created an unfired clay installation for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Project Space. Her clay installation work was featured in the January 2014 Issue of Ceramics Monthly. In 2016, she was a recipient of a Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant.

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  • Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017
    10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library, 4100 Montrose, Houston, Texas 77006 (Map)
    Program events

    Visual Arts Alliance presents discussion
    of jurors’ criterion for art competitions Saturday, March 4
    Rare opportunity to get first-hand comments on selection process
    from three well-known jurors

    HOUSTON, TEXAS ~ On Saturday, March 4, Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) offers members and guests a rare insight into a juror’s selection process for art competitions with a free discussion by three prominent figures in the Houston art world: Jennifer Justice, Executive Director of Galveston Arts Center; Lester Marks, Mayor's Ambassador to the Arts.; and Zoya Tommy, owner of Zoya Tommy Gallery. The free presentation begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Freed-Montose Neighborhooud Library, 4100 Montrose, Houston, 77006.

    The three speakers, all of whom have been jurors for VAA, will discuss their selection processes when judging a competition. Previously submitted works will be projected for the audience, and panelists will discuss the selection/elimination process applied to each work. Artists will discover the whys and hows of selection from a juror’s point of view, including the constants of technique and presentation as well as the unique personal biases of jurors.

    “VAA is so pleased to be able to present this first-hand look into a juror’s thought process. Every artist who has ever entered a competition wonders what makes a piece worthy of selection. What does a juror look for? How does a juror’s background affect the selection process? These are the questions the morning’s session will investigate,” says Matt Adams, President at VAA. “This is a rare opportunity for artists to get inside the mind of a juror and learn how to make each submission the best.”

     

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  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017
    11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Houston Museum of African American Culture, 4807 Caroline St, 77004 (Map)
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    On Saturday, April 1, Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) offers members and guests a guided tour of the Houston Museum of African-American Culture. The free tour begins at 11:15 a.m. at 4807 Caroline St., Houston, 77004.

    The mission of the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) is to collect, conserve, explore, interpret, and exhibit the material and intellectual culture of Africans and African Americans in Houston, the state of Texas, the southwest and the African Diaspora for current and future generations.

    Faith Ringgold, painter, writer, speaker, mixed media sculptor and performance artist lives and works in Englewood, New Jersey. Ms. Ringgold is professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego where she taught art from 1987 until 2002. Professor Ringgold is the recipient of more than 75 awards including 22 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees.

    Ringgold’s art has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Africa. Her art is included in many private and public art collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, The Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, The Baltimore Museum, Williams College Museum of Art, The High Museum of Fine Art, The Newark Museum, The Phillip Morris Collection, The St. Louis Art Museum and The Spencer Museum.

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  • Mon
    22
    May
    2017
    10 a.m. - 2 p.m.Silver St Studios, #323 2000 Edwards St 77007 (Map)
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    VAA Program Committee Chairwoman Chell Vassalo

    Details forthcoming.
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  • Wed
    07
    Jun
    2017
    7 - 8:30 p.m.The Silos at Sawyer Yards #308 1502 Sawyer St 77007 (Map)
    Program events

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  • Sat
    15
    Jul
    2017
    2 - 4 p.m.Next Wall Gallery 1717 Michigan St 77006 (Map)
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    Emerging artists are oftentimes bewildered on how to price their work. Matt Adams, VAA president, art blogger and avid collector will share his years of observations from a collector's point of view in this workshop. It will start with an overview of strategic pricing that he has developed, followed by case histories and concluding with one-on-one consultations.

    By using the structured pricing model, you can easily explain to collectors/galleries why your prices are what they are. Also, you will see how and when to increase your prices.

    Attendance will be limited to the first 12 VAA members that arrive. Attendees must bring data about their own artwork for review. To do this, make a table with the following columns: Title, Height, Width, Asking Price.

    Your membership must be up to date prior to arrival; email Membership@VisualArtsAlliance.org if necessary.

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  • Sat
    04
    Nov
    2017
    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.The Montrose Centre, 401 Branard St., room 107
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    New art collectors in Houston face an imposing variety of viewing and purchasing options. To help eliminate confusion and intimidation, Visual Arts Alliance has assembled a panel of 3 experienced collectors who will share their passion for the visual arts. Intended for new and experienced collectors alike, this panel will provide insight into personal tastes, experiences and opinions regarding the collecting of artworks. The discussion will also let artists discover what collectors look for when considering acquiring a new piece. Moderated by VAA Vice President, Erik Hagen, the panel will consist of Chris Higham, Henry Hunt and Professor Donna Tennant.

    Mr. Higham is a co-founder of an annual exhibition at Spring Street Studios and is a regular volunteer with the Bayou City Arts Festival, KUHF/Houston Public Media and Lawndale Art Center. Additionally, he conducts interviews of artists for Houston Art Showcase, a local organization that strives to ignite art appreciation and increase artistic standards in the local community, while providing opportunities to reach, develop and stimulate artists.

    Mr. Hunt is a reformed academic, longtime graphic designer and branding professional. He describes himself as a usual suspect in the art community.

    Professor Tennant is a former Houston Chronicle art critic, lecturer in Art History at UH-Downtown and Lone Star college, longtime art writer and editor for various local and national magazines and currently writing for Arts & Culture, the online publication Visual Art Source and recently Art Limited.

    The free discussion will take place at The Montrose Centre, 401,Branard St., room 107, on Saturday November 4th, starting at 11.00. There will be Q&A session at the end of the meeting.

     

    Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) is an educational organization for serious practitioners of the visual arts and interested members of the general public. Founded in Houston, TX in 1981, VAA is an all-volunteer-run, 501(c)3, nonprofit organization. In addition to educational and recreational programs, VAA also produces professionally juried art exhibitions providing opportunities for members and non-members to have their work professionally judged and viewed by the general public.  For membership details and more information, visit www.VisualArtsAlliance.org.

     

     

  • Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017
    6:30 - 8:00 p.m.Houston Studio Glass, 610 Jackson Hill, Houston, 77007
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    On Thursday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m., Visual Arts Alliance will be given a private demonstration of Italian glass blowing by DIck Moiel and Kathy Poeppel of Houston Studio Glass. Dick and Kathy will explain the art of Italian off hand or free hand blowing as done in Murano, Italy for hundreds of years. Sitting on a gaffer's bench, they will work the glass while hot and demonstrate the process of gathering, blowing and punting the glass. They will finish by putting the piece in the annealing oven or kiln. There the temperature is stabilized and over a period of hours the glass is brought down to room temperature.

    Dick Moiel and Kath Poeppel's interest began with collecting. After taking their first glass blowing class in 1994, they build a basic hot shop and began melting glass the following year. The couple blows both decorative and functional objects during climate friendly months (October through April.) They continue to take more classes during the summer months. The retired physician and his PA/RN wife are nationally known in glass blowing circles.

    Many of Dick and Kathy's pieces will be on display as well as for sale. Houston Studio Glass is located at 610 Jackson Hill, Houston, 77007.

  • Wed
    10
    Jan
    2018
    5:30 - 7:00 p.m.MFAH, 5601 South Main Street, Houston 77005
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    Have you thought about how much art you don't see when you visit a major museum already filled with so many masterpieces that you can't appreciate everything in one visit? The museum exhibits only a small portion of its holdings in each exhibition, so this is an excellent opportunity to explore and learn more about the entire collection.

    Join Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 5601 South Main Street, Houston 77005, for a tour of the MFAH Works on Paper Study Center. Located on the mezzanine level of the Audrey Jones Beck Building, the center is a unique, multi-use site that houses the storage areas for the art works in secure, climate-controlled facilities.

    We will have an overview of the collection that contains, prints, drawings, and photographs from across curatorial departments of the MFAH. The Works on Paper Study Center has a large collection of works on paper and photographs, it is estimated they have in storage more than 14,000 prints and drawings, and 27,000 photographs from the Asian, Latin American, and modern and contemporary collections as well as from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation.

  • Sat
    24
    Feb
    2018
    12:00 - 1:30 p.m.Montrose area
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  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Montrose Center, 401 Branard Street, 77006
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  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Montrose Center, 401 Branard Street, 77006
    Program events