May 30, 2016

The Chocolate & Art Show at Spring Street Studios


This Memorial weekend, Houstonians were indulged in a taste of Los Angeles underground arts scene in a two-day art show with established and up and coming artists featuring their latest work, there were live music, live body painting, face painting, live portraits and free fountain of chocolate! There were certainly something for everyone to enjoy.

Venue: Spring Street Studios
1824 Spring Street, Houston, Texas

above: Maura Lucchese, a collage artist that creates beautiful things out of junk, the artwork above her is created out of recycled magazines (strictly), her work is commissioned by the big organizations in the country. I couldn't help but take some of this work home for myself.

April 21, 2015

Guinness Live it Up Tour

Last Saturday was Guinness Live it Up tour in Houston Texas at 1940 Air Terminal Hanger, Hobby airport. This free annual concert goes on in different states throughout the country for the 21+ crowd. Expectations would be appetite for Caribbean food and some good music (and probably some Guinness stout). This event was particularly timely as I can no longer remember the last time I was at a festival. As I made my way to this venue, I didn't know what to expect, but one thing was sure, I thought wait, this is happening...at the airport? They couldn't have chosen a scene more perfect, the backdrop definitely set the tone for the night ahead, what's better than being in the middle of a rave while watching planes take off? The place can be likened to an airline museum of sorts, I enjoyed exploring the exotic planes that laid around the hanger.

November 26, 2013

Houston ArtCrawl.

Local Houstonian artists showcased their works in this past weekend's Houston ArtCrawl 2013.  The ArtCrawl is a tradition that's been held up since 1992; takes place every year the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Local artists open up their showrooms in the Warehouse district to entertain and enlighten visitors on Contemporary Art.  There's good eats, entertainment to liven the entire neighborhood.  Although I missed the big show this past Saturday that pulled in quite a crowd from 10AM-12AM, I caught the remnants of the event on Sunday.  I got a chance to meet and interview old friends like Anita Varadaraju and Curtis Christianson; as well as and new acquaintances Galina Kurlat, Syd Moean, Liduine Bekman; amazing artists at Hardy and Nance street studios.  I was blown away by the Black and White landscape and portraits of Galina—reminded me of why I fell in love with photography—it's the old world film grain, the classic edge that the black and white film produced.  Reminded me of circa 1930's.  She done amazing work with an impressive resume.  You can currently find her work at the Museum of fine Arts Houston, she's been featured in many Arts magazines and newspapers, including the Houston press.  We instantly clicked emigrating from a foreign country and ending up in New York for a few years and falling in love with black and white photography and dark room processing.  Something as peculiar as her work is the camera that she uses, dates back to the 1920's.  Not so easy to find those types of film anymore. She's currently planning a show in February at Lawndale art center with a series called Safe Distance.  Visit her website anytime and connect with her for updates on her upcoming show.  More on the upcoming exhibit here.

September 5, 2012

My interview with Karen


Posing with Karen and Preetika.  
M: How do you choose your artists?
K: We are really particular about the artists that we hire, because we wanna make sure not only are they good artists, but they have to have great people skills and be able to, you know command a group of people and make a situation where everybody can just have fun and, you know, that's what it's really all about, just having fun, in a social, it's more of an entertainment thing and the art experience, you know it's all of that woven in together.

September 4, 2012

Reflective moments — Discovery


 
I took the Myers Briggs personality test and learned that I am an ISFP; an introverted feeling with an extraverted sensing individual. This profile explains a lot about me, my place in the world, the way I relate to others, perceived by others, my mind's driving force which is mostly my thoughts. Having my SELF described so explicitly became an eye opener and dispels some of the notions I have about myself, people, how I relate to them, how they relate to me; it gives me a sense of peace, I find a new happy place.

August 26, 2012

Houston

So last weekend I decided I was going to Houston—just like that. I've spent most of my time trying to get used to my new environment and work that it seems like I left the fun and silly part of me behind in DC.  A friend of mine took me out and about in Beaumont.  We checked out a concert in the local Sterling Pruitt park, then we went to Riverfront Park by the lake, here you can come out with your jet ski anytime and spend your whole day.  Eventually, we ended up at Crockett Street; famous for it's nightlife, honky tonk—restaurants that feature live bands and western style dancing (yet to experience this part).  But enough about Beaumont, that's for another post.
Oh yeah...So while my good friend showed me a good time, I started to realize that I needed to do something spontaneous. "I'm going to Houston!" I blurted out to her while I googled, my inspiration: Art. I found out about Discovery Green and Miller outdoor theatre. The more I researched, the more curious I got. My friend told me I would love Houston, she talked about her trips to the place approximately 90 miles away. The more I listened, the more I realized I was definitely going. When I told my colleagues at work about my pending trip to Houston, they were all excited for me, then I started getting tips on good places. I learnt about Harwin Street (much like New York's Chinatown).

June 25, 2012

The (DRUM)circle

This past Sunday I went back to Meridian Hill Park to observe a long standing community tradition - the Drum Circle. I was quite intrigued when I was there the first time. Having parents of African decent and after living in Nigeria for many years, I'm quite familiar with Nigerian culture. Nigeria has about 250 ethnic groups and about 510 different languages (about 3 major languages with multiple dialects that filter through the regions). I speak Ibo, my parents are from the South, and I can tell you that certain Ibo dialects are hard to understand let alone speak. With the variety in languages, you also have different cultural groups. Each group adopts a different type of dance. Ultimate show in true cultural form are the many festivals when all these groups come together in a parade, usually quite elaborate. Notable holidays are Nigerian Independence day and the Calabar carnival. During these events there are colorful displays of tradition, culture and dance.
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