2016 Programming & Events

From Terra to Verde: the Art of Sharon Kopriva

sharonkopriva_signingFriday, September 30
1:30 pm | Redbud Gallery, booth B4

Sharon Kopriva will sign copies of this catalogue which accompanied her 2012 exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art at the University of New Orleans. Kopriva’s work has explored issues of faith and doubt, life and death, primitive culture, historic events and contemporary society. Working in an imagist style, she conveys her personal spiritual journey through her art. Moving from earth tones of her early expressionistic landscapes and mummies to more recent magical realistic depictions of forests as cathedrals, this book reveals the breadth and unity of her career.

Placing Contemporary Craft at the Center: The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft at 15

HCCC_LectureFriday, September 30
2 pm | Lecture Hall

Since its founding in 2001, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft has made its mission to education on the process, product, and history of contemporary craft through exhibitions, educational programs, retail representation of artists, and an innovative artist-in-residency program. Recently appointed Executive Director Perry A. Price will present a look at the activities that have defined this unique institution over its decade-and-a-half history and what is in store for the future.

Presented by the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Donna Rosenthal: An Artistic Upbringing

rosenthalFriday, September 30
3 pm | koelsch gallery, booth B3

Artist Donna Rosenthal grew up in Connecticut in the 1950s and 1960s, the daughter of window display artists. Throughout Rosenthal’s childhood, her parents created amazing displays for numerous storefronts in Connecticut and New York. While earning her MFA, Rosenthal realized that many of her childhood toys were scraps from her parents’ window displays—cast offs from their artwork—and that these items had a profound effect on her artistic development.  The artist will discuss these formative years and her current body of work, as well as her own experience of being an artist and a collector.

Rum Tasting with Michalopoulos Gallery

rum_michalopoulosFriday, September 30
5-7 pm | Michalopoulos Gallery, booth A8

Celebration Distillation is owned by renowned New Orleans-based artist, James Michalopoulos, and is the oldest operating rum distillery in the United States. Join Michalopoulos gallery for a rum tasting featuring rum Old Fashioneds and samples of King Creole 20th Anniversary Blend, Gingeroo and Cajun Spice rums.

Photography: Going Where?

FotoFestSaturday, October 1
1 pm | Lecture Hall

There is a relentless search for new approaches in contemporary art, and the technologies surrounding photography – including early, alternative, and new processes – have made it one of the fastest growing mediums. Steven Evans, Executive Director, FotoFest International and Malcolm Daniel, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will discuss recent trends in fine art photography and its related mediums, also introducing new artist discoveries that have come to their attention.

Presented by FotoFest International
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Michael Collins: From Ruins to Resurrection, Sacred Landscapes

michaelcollins_signingSaturday, October 1
2 pm | Redbud Gallery, booth B4

The works of Michael Roque Collins depict visual stories that adroitly transcend passages of time. In the manner of the great symbolists, Collins portrays political, social and religious topics in a manner that allows his viewers a vast freedom of interpretation. The mysterious landscapes of Collins are beguiling, and his creative use of light hints at a sense of hopefulness. Collins adapts his craft to meet his intent of depicting journeys without end. His work will long outlast us. The artist will sign copies of this richly illustrated volume, published by Halcyon Press.

Adam Brown: Nature Speaks Many Languages

adam_brownSaturday, October 1
2:30 pm | Charon Kransen Arts, booth B9

For photographer Adam Brown, Nature is a reflection of his inner life, including his moods, emotions, and interpersonal relationships. Brown does not seek out the ‘pretty picture,’ but instead sees inquiries into Nature as inquiries into himself. Brown will discuss his body of work, in which he feels the camera works both ways, reflecting his states of mind and spiritual moods as much as capturing Nature itself.

James Surls: “Tree and Three Flowers” and Film Screening of The Journey


surlsSaturday, October 1
3 pm | Lecture Hall

The Journey, created by the award-wining filmmakers Austin and Maitland Lottimer, is a philosophical plunge into the mind of renowned American artist James Surls. The film follows Surls through the creation of one of one of his large-scale pieces from inception to installation.

Jamie Brewster, President, Upper Kirby District Foundation, will discuss this monumental sculpture, completed in 2014 for the Upper Kirby District Foundation, and installed on Kirby Drive in Houston.  A model of the sculpture will be available for viewing after the film.

Presented by Clarke & Associates, Houston, TX

The Art of Mezcal: Tasting and Book Signing with Cheech Marin

papel_tastingSaturday, October 1
5 pm | VIP Event
5:30 pm | Public
VIP Lounge

Join Cheech Marin at this special reception that includes tastings of his new artisanal Tres Papalote Mezcal and a book signing of his latest art publication “Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Cheech Marin Collection.” (Please respect and understand that no other merchandise can be signed during this event.)

The VIP portion of this event from 5-5:30 pm is open to VIP and FIRST LOOK pass holders only. Limited space available. RSVP required (kate@urban-expo.com). 

Rum Tasting with Michalopoulos Gallery

rum_michalopoulosSaturday, October 1
5-7 pm | Michalopoulos Gallery, booth A8

Celebration Distillation is owned by renowned New Orleans-based artist, James Michalopoulos, and is the oldest operating rum distillery in the United States. Join Michalopoulos gallery for a rum tasting featuring rum Old Fashioneds and samples of King Creole 20th Anniversary Blend, Gingeroo and Cajun Spice rums.

Reviving Houston’s Lost Art History

CatherinAnspon_LectureSunday, October 2
2 pm | Lecture Hall

Four projects in the works aim to rescue Houston’s significant art scene from the sands of time. Panelists Theresa Escobedo, Director, Houston Foundations’ Focus: Suzanne Paul project; Pete Gershon, Core Residency Program Coordinator at Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Patricia Hernandez, Founding Director, Studio One Archive Resource, Patricia Johnson, independent scholar, author, and Pulitzer-nominated former Houston Chronicle art critic, and Chelby King, independent scholar and past Lawndale Art Center Director, speak about archives and volumes in the works respectively on photographer Suzanne Paul, “Collision: Contemporary Artists in Houston 1972-1985,” the Studio One Archive Resource initiative, and the CAMH’s seminal museum director and mentor to the de Menils, Jermayne MacAgy. Moderated by Catherine D. Anspon, Executive Editor, PaperCity.

Seeds of Light – Fields of Color: Susan Plum and Dorothy Hood

susanplumSunday, October 2
3:30 pm | Deborah Colton Gallery, booth B5

Though their art evolved during slightly different decades, the many similarities in concept, aesthetic and background in the work of Susan Plum and Dorothy Hood make them a natural choice to exhibit alongside one other.

Both artists were influenced by time spent living in Mexico, which created a love of the mystery behind the rational, which is a particular treasure one discovers in this region. Their research led them, as it did to many artists of that era, into the world of nature, metaphysics, philosophy, contemporary and ancient science, alchemy, and mythology. Plum and gallery owner Deborah Colton will discuss these influences and their effect on the work on view.