Archive for July, 2010

University of Houston-Downtown’s O’Kane Gallery

downtown university of houston o'kane gallery

The O’Kane Gallery about themselves:

The O’Kane Gallery is the University of Houston-Downtown’s conduit for the visual arts and contemporary culture.. Our innovative, challenging exhibitions, programs, and publications bring artists, the University community, and the people of Houston into closer engagements with each other and with the important cultural issues of our time.

It is the mission of the gallery to promote the spirit of investigation, collaboration and dialogue that extends beyond the gallery walls to present art that is intellectually stimulating and relevant. The gallery serves as an intellectual resource for the study of art, art history, and other related disciplines, fostering collaboration and dialogue that broadens art interest of the University of Houston-Downtown and the surrounding communities.

O’Kane Gallery University of  Downtown Houston


Mother Dog Studios

MotherDogStudios is the largest and oldest surviving artists working warehouse space in


Founded in 1984 by Charlie Jean Sartwelle and John Runnels, MotherDogStudios was a response to the visual arts communities need to provide working studio/exhibition space for local and visiting artists. It is a 22,000 square foot warehouse with 16 studios and an expansive exhibition space called the Mother Dog Museum of Modern Art.

Visit his website. Mother Dog Studio.


Houston Landmark Gallery

Steven Besselman was born in St. Charles, Missouri on April 1, 1950 and moved to Houston in 1976. In 1977 Besselman, being an artist at heart and finding Houston’s architecture so interesting, applied his talent in documenting Houston’s present and past on paper. Besselman’s media was graphite on paper. Such noted buildings in Besselman’s collection include: La Carafe, The Old Cotton Exchange Building on Travis, Harris County Civil Courts Building, City Hall, The M & M Building and many others, including Houston downtown cityscapes. Besselman’s other primary media was zinc plate etchings. The Shamrock, Transco Tower and downtown sculptures are a few of his etchings.

His store is also home to many sport collectible items.

Visit his site: Landmark Gallery Houston


2010 Houston Fringe Festival!

FrenetiCore presents the 3rd Annual Houston Fringe Festival

The Houston Fringe is an annual performing arts festival presented by FrenetiCore at Frenetic Theater in Houston’s East End. The festival, now in its third year, takes place over four weekends and offers the best independent theatre, film, dance, music and visual arts from Houston area artists and beyond.

Each weekend features a different program designed to entertai…n, thrill, and provoke audiences. Experimental art veterans perform alongside daring newcomers, with each piece presented less than 30 minutes in length. Multi-disciplinary visual art will be displayed throughout the theater, lobby, and exhibit hall, while live music and light-painting welcome audience members to this fun, immersive festival.

Don’t miss the ‘Anything Goes’ Weekend September 10-11, two fast-paced, decidedly chaotic evenings featuring some of Houston’s best performance artists, followed by the Fringe Festival’s closing night party and awards ceremony on September 11.

Schedule at a Glance:

Weekend 1, August 19-21, 2010 at 8pm:
Theater performances by Lindsey Carey and the Ratgirls from Austin, TX; Dance by CORE Performance Company and the Architects of Cinema; Music by The Nonsense Music Band; film by FrenetiCore; Light-painting by Matt & Che Crawford.

Weekend 2, August 26-28, 2010 at 8pm:
Theater performances by Loueva Smith, Fernando Dovalina, Brandy Holmes, Mark Carrier, and Mary Ellen Whitworth; Dance by Tsunami Dance from New Orleans, LA and Paul Smith; Film presentations to be announced.

Weekend 3, September 2-4, 2010 at 8pm:
Theater performances by Ray Hill and Dan Perez; Dance by Moth/Sol Y Luna from Canada and Zoetic Dance from Atlanta, GA; Film presentations from Margo Toombs and others to be announced.

‘Anything Goes’ Weekend, September 10-11, 2010 at 8pm:
Fast paced, over-the-top performances in any discipline by the Chip Tune Crooner, Jacqueline Nalett, Michael Hoerman, and many more!

Join us, and Get Your Fringe On!


Gallery M Squared

M2 Gallery is an art gallery located in the Heights that seeks to promote artists and instill a positive atmosphere into their environment. The gallery is owned by Max Boyd Harrison and Michael Kubis. The gallery has scheduled events throughout the year and has a working relationship with the surrounding community and businesses, using art to foster unity.  Here is an excerpt from their website:

Gallery M Squared offers a manned exhibition / gallery space to professional artists providing them with an opportunity to exhibit and sell their work. Gallery M Squared is available for functions on evenings not previously scheduled for opening receptions or other events. This is a convenient arrangement for individuals and local businesses to show their support for the arts, while fulfilling a need for accommodations.



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