By Megan McIlwain

 

On Monday, Wiley completed a(nother) mural in The Heights to inspire the community. The Black Sheep Agency in association with UP Art Studio bring you the GIVE mural at 714 Yale Street and want to know how you will be giving back to help make Houston a better place to live. In the coming months they plan to have three more walls come up throughout the Houston area. When you go to check it out, snap a picture of yourself with the mural and use the tag #GIVEHOU to brag about share what you’ve done to be selfless this holiday season.

 

THURSDAY

Head over to Isabella Court for an Art Palace holiday cocktail and the Airing of the Quilts event bringing a close to The Quilt Show which featured Ebony Porter’s hand-stitched quilts. Warm up at the wind down from 5-7pm.

With this and Deborah Roberts’ show closing Saturday at Art Palace, be sure to check out One and Many before then. Here, Roberts’ paintings, drawings, and collages expose and contradict uncomfortable truths, taboos, and myths about Black identity and glorified beauty. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday 11-6, and while you’re there, check out their neighbors the David Shelton Gallery, Devin Borden Gallery, Inman Gallery, and DiverseWorks.

 

FRIDAY

Art League Houston is hosting its Holiday Mini-mART and Party with drinks and food, music by Peter Lucas, and unique artwork from Houston, Austin, and Dallas artists. I’m really loving the participating artists: Ack!, Jade Abner, Kelly Alison, Nadia Al Khalifah, Sarah Ansell, Daniel Anguilu, Chesley Antoinette, Debra Barerra, Daniel Bertalot, Elaine Bradford, Melinda Laszczynski, Felipe Contreras, Isabel Cuenca, Shannon Duncan, Curtis Gannon, Caroline Graham, Patricia Hernandez, Betsy Huete, Lisa Marie Hunter, Fernando Ramirez, Preetika Rajgariah, Patrick Renner, Megan Spacek, Chadwick & Spector, Patrick Turk, 360 Degree’s Vanishing/South African Beaders, Monica Villarreal, Jason Villegas, and more.

I’m also really loving the 75/25% proceed split between artist and Art League Houston in their initiative to support the growth of emerging artists. Event is from 6-9pm.

 

FRIDAY/SATURDAY

VauLt Houston gives you A Gift: VauLt Holiday Show at Spring Street Studios. The talented aerial and dance artists defy gravity with choreography by owner and director, Amy Ell. This is a new tradition and with it being a two-night event, you can’t miss it. Get your tickets at 20 bucks a pop; they start flying through the fabrics at 7:30pm.

 

SATURDAY 

Check out the Mini Art Market at Culture Pilot before they move to their new place. Featuring works by artists Ack Zilla, Nicky Davis, Mystic Multiples, Blake Jones, Katie Mulholland, Michael C. Rodriguez, Josh Higgins, and Free Rent as well as a chance to take home some Culture Pilot oddities. Noon-4pm.

Join Houston Makerspace with Paper and Space Collective for a Holiday Maker Bash where you can drink free beer, listen to great music, and participate in free demos, classes, and open studios. The Maker Market will include local vendors and non-profits with music from DJ Craig “BBC” Long. The MakerSpace open house schedule is as follows:

Guys Building Guitars Meetup from 1-4 pm

Woodworking, Art Welding, and Laser Cutting Demos

Giftwrapping workshop ALL DAY LONG!

Knitting 101 Class from 10:30-1

Kids Beaded Jewelry Making Basics Class from 12-1:30

Sewing Basics: Make an Apron Class from 2-4:30

and a pop up art show curated by Chasity Porter. Make it an all day event from noon to 8pm.

Project Row Houses brings you The Natural Flow of Migration, a collaboration between Monica Villarreal and master printmaker Armando Rodriguez. With large-scale prints and small relief prints made with Mexican printmaking techniques, the collaboration seeks to personify the natural flow of plants and animals across national borders as a portrayal of migrant experiences. The opening reception is from 6-9pm.