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Sep 23,2017: Exhibition

This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Storyline: The Contemporary Quilt, a survey that highlights the spectrum of contemporary quilt-making techniques and traditions. As living artifacts that change over time, historically, quilts have depicted personal histories and fostered community-building throughout many different cultures. Storyline brings together a diverse selection of quilters, including Kathryn Clark, Carolyn Mazloomi, Aaron McIntosh, and Anna Von Mertens, who utilize various techniques, patterns, and materials to document their stories as well as comment on broader cultural narratives. Each artist uses the language of fiber to capture the unique content of his or her work.
 
“The quilt is one of the most complex objects in the history of American art,” explains HCCC Executive Director, Perry A. Price. “When hung on the wall, it can be viewed like a painting, but this art form is only truly understood when we acknowledge its complex physical construction, its historical precedent as a functional object with a relationship to the body, and its role as an artistic outlet for groups frequently marginalized by mainstream fine arts.”
 
Some of the quilts in Storyline revisit points in history to spark new modes of inquiry and reflection. Starting in 2015, Kathryn Clark (San Francisco, CA) researched the failure of Russia’s short-lived democracy in the ‘80s and ‘90s and discovered a pattern that anticipates Russia’s current political climate. With 2017 marking the 100-year anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Clark has embroidered an infographic timeline of the country’s democracy in her patchwork quilt, The Russia Project: 1987-1996 (2017), hallmarking the significance of this brief period.
 
Identifying iconic paintings from art history in her Portraits series (2009), Anna Von Mertens (Peterborough, NH) revisits the myths that surround these familiar works, taking a closer look at their subjects, through the construct of aura photography and the relationship between emotion and color. Using hand-dye techniques to produce a bold palette, Von Mertens reverse engineers the auras of her subjects, based on their personalities and places in history, to provide a more personable account of each sitter.
 
Other quilts act as diaries, documenting the personal histories of their authors. Activist and leader of the Women of Color Quilters Network, Carolyn Mazloomi (West Chester, OH), draws upon the African-American tradition of story quilts in her work, Wrapped in Love (2016). Producing whole cloth quilts, Mazloomi stencils, hand paints, and machine sews her images to depict the ancestral ties among three generations of women in her family. Alternatively, in his Fragments series (2012), LGBTQ activist Aaron McIntosh (Richmond, VA) machines together a series of zeros with the cover of a gay magazine as a personal reflection on his identity.

Exhibition Dates: September 22, 2017 – January 7, 2018

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Sep 22,2017: Exhibition : The Sound of Things

Opening this summer at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), The Sound of Things, featuring the work of artists Bohyun Yoon and Alyce Santoro, conceptualizes sound and its laden potential within objects and craft materials. The exhibition prompts visitors to ask:  What does glass sound like? What does a sonic weaving look like? Yoon and Santoro have mined the history of their respective materials—glass and woven audio tape—to engage with these questions and make tangible what was once unperceivable.

Bohyun Yoon’s work explores sound as well as imperceptible modes of communication and social structures. The artist combines his medium of glass and its properties of vibration resonance, refraction, and transparency with accompanying video performances to make the invisible visible. His Glassorganism series takes the form of Japanese popen.  These historical, hand-blown glass noisemakers are characterized by a hollow stem and bowl, connected by a thin glass membrane, which moves between convex and concave states when activated by human breath. After seeing this object depicted in an 18th-century woodblock print by Utamaro Kitagawa, Yoon began conceptualizing the sound it would emit and, after an experimental process of making, ultimately found that the form had potential as an instrument of both sound and light refraction.

The sonic potential of glass objects is expressed and explored in other series by the artist as well. Composed of varying blown-glass tubes with onomatopoeic names, each piece in Yoon’s Glass Tube emits a singular sound when warm air is blown through it, releasing ephemeral tones unique to each object. Harnessing the properties of historic “singing glasses,” Yoon’s Glass Helmets series offers water-filled helmets functioning as both musical instruments and prosthetic devices that amplify communication and social connection. The helmets’ spouts allow multiple wearers to change the water levels, thereby altering the tones produced.

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Sep 21,2017: Exhibition : The Sound of Things

Opening this summer at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), The Sound of Things, featuring the work of artists Bohyun Yoon and Alyce Santoro, conceptualizes sound and its laden potential within objects and craft materials. The exhibition prompts visitors to ask:  What does glass sound like? What does a sonic weaving look like? Yoon and Santoro have mined the history of their respective materials—glass and woven audio tape—to engage with these questions and make tangible what was once unperceivable.

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The sonic potential of glass objects is expressed and explored in other series by the artist as well. Composed of varying blown-glass tubes with onomatopoeic names, each piece in Yoon’s Glass Tube emits a singular sound when warm air is blown through it, releasing ephemeral tones unique to each object. Harnessing the properties of historic “singing glasses,” Yoon’s Glass Helmets series offers water-filled helmets functioning as both musical instruments and prosthetic devices that amplify communication and social connection. The helmets’ spouts allow multiple wearers to change the water levels, thereby altering the tones produced.

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17th Annual Texas Hot Sauce Festival

Hot sauce, salsa, chips, dips, peppers, spices, marinades, rubs, jams/jelly, pickled products, condiments, soup mixes, chili mixes, wing sauces, … chunky, spicy, smooth, garlicky, sweet, fruity, peppery, smokey…  HOT  and  MILD!   Hundreds of hot and spicy products to try out from around the country.  There is also plenty of food and cold beverages, ongoing stage entertainment, a chile-dren area (including some free and some ‘pay as you go’ activities for the kids), retail vendors, arts crafts and pepper merchandise.

Entertainment:

Saturday, September 23, 2017

11-2  Great Scott The Almighties

2-6  Zydeco Dots

2:30 PM Mikey V’s Carolina Reaper Pickle Eating Competition

Mikey V’s Carolina Reaper Pickle Eating Competition 2:30 PM

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Noon – 1  Willie B. The Silverbacks

Followed by “A Willie Good Blues Jam”

Kids Area

– FREE Face Painting, sponsored by the Texas Hot Sauce Festival
– Games by Rost Family Entertainment
– Giant Bounce fun by Harris County Party Rentals

Fest Date: September 23 – 24, 2017

Hours:
Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun. Noon to 5 p.m.

Location: Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road, Houston, TX 77045

Ticket: $10, Kids 12 and under free

For More Information – http://texashotsaucefestival.com/

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Sep 20,2017: Exhibition: Water and Wood

With this new body of work, Cookie Wells “goes into the woods” with her colorful and evocative figures. This collaborative show with husband Tom Wells, a self-taught woodworker and furniture maker, has the Archway artist finding inspiration from the trees that surround her, leading to artistic interpretations of them as “figures” in nature.

The beautiful lines and interesting textures of Tom Wells’ furniture are as evocative as the figurative paintings of Cookie Wells, making this collaboration a perfect match. Each artist is passionate about their work and each is passionate about nature. Two visions, two elements, two passions come together in a new experience for both artists.

Cookie’s favorite quote from one of her favorite artists, Matisse, sums up her artistic intention; “Color was not given to us to imitate nature. It was given to us to express our emotions.” In these new paintings, the artist combines her love of nature with her expressive figures. These figures convey her artistic strengths in color, texture, and emotion. The combination of art and nature is a natural choice for her;  with this show she feels she has the best of both worlds.

Artist Talk: 6:30 p.m.

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