The cooler weather of winter makes for a great time to get out of the house and check out some of the great art events that happen at the end of the year. Many holiday events have an artistic swing, as well as some annual festivals and other events featuring art in a prominent way. There’s something for everyone in this winter’s lineup of exhibitions, fairs, festivals and other events that feature local artwork. While some of these are annual events, much of this artwork is one of a kind and if you miss it, you won’t get the chance to see it again. Make sure you check out all of these art events this winter in Houston.
“Sandria Hu: Archaeological Dress”
Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts
6815 Cypresswood Drive
Spring, TX 77379
Date: Through Dec. 13, 2014
Sandria Hu, a professor of art at the University of Houston – Clear Lake, has created an exhibition of prints inspired by her time as a Fulbright Scholar studying in Slovakia. The archaeological dig she was on uncovered a tomb with a small girl’s skeleton inside while excavating a Roman military camp. Her experiences on the dig and with a local family that asked her to take an heirloom christening gown to their daughter in America inspired her to create 20 collagraph prints. This exhibition evokes questions of what it means to be family, perfect to be considered during the holidays.
“Dickens on the Strand”
Galveston, TX 77550
Date: Dec. 6-7, 2014
Victorian England comes to life on Galveston Island with live music, performances, a parade, period costumes and much more. Walk through the shops displaying artwork and do some shopping for your Christmas list, or see what the festival’s street vendors have to show. There’s always something for everyone at this homage to Charles Dickens’ home time, and festival goers can find paintings, handmade crafts, metalworking and much more from the fair’s vendors and Galveston’s artists.
“Monet and the Seine”
Museum of Fine Arts
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
Date: Through Feb. 1, 2015
Some of Monet’s most famous and recognizable pieces, his paintings of the Seine river, can be seen in this special exhibition which features pieces on loan from all across the world. Even more numerous than his water lilies series, Monet’s paintings of the Seine span nearly his whole lifetime and are an accessible way for audiences to see his development as an artist and as a person. Lovers of the impressionist movement will delight in these paintings all being displayed together, and the MFAH gift shop will offer many Monet and Impressionist-themed items perfect for Christmas gifts.
“Inside Out: Recent Paintings by Artist Marsha Harris”
Houston, TX 77006
Date: Dec. 6-31, 2014
Artist Marsha Harris has been creating watercolor paintings for years, and some of her best portrayals of people and their actions that make them who they are can be seen in this exhibition. Harris was locally trained, with a degree from the University of Houston, and spent her professional career between watercolors and architectural drafting. The watercolors in this exhibit either are a true portrayal of what is seen or twisted to make a social commentary – it is up for the viewer to decide which is which. Marsha Harris is nationally recognized for her painting skills, and she holds Signature Status in eight Watercolor Societies across the U.S.
“Robert Hodge: Destroy and Rebuild”
Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston
5216 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
Date: Through Jan. 4, 2015
Local Houston artist Robert Hodge brings his unique style to his first solo museum exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston. Based on his background in printmaking, he uses graphic materials to convey a social message. Hodge uses pamphlets, posters, signage and other paper materials that have been posted in his Third Ward neighborhood over the past five years and has incorporated them into his paintings, rebuilding something into a new art form that transforms “disparate aims into a cohesive message aimed at social recovery.” Locals will find these paintings and prints hit very close to home.
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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.