The difficulty with supporting local artists in a real way is not having an extra fat wad of cash to purchase their work. The Art League of Houston understands our dilemma and has organized the first ever Holiday Mini-mART & Party. With food, drinks, DJs and art you can actually afford, it’s a win-win for everyone.
The ALH building on 1953 Montrose Blvd will be hosting the event on Saturday, December 15th from 6 pm to 9 pm. The Mini-mART offers a variety of pieces by local artists, all for under $100. Besides the showcased art, this free event will include a live DJ and holiday inspired drinks and food.
ALH describes the event as a way to, “tap into and nurture the growth of Houston’s most exciting emerging artists by providing an exhibition platform where talent can be showcased and supported. The event will create a place for artistic discovery that can spotlight a new generation of artists, dealers, and collectors in Houston, and is just in time for holiday gift buying!” Other benefits include getting drunk and dancing your face off as an excuse to feel cultured, and buying last minute original gifts for those people you definitely weren’t going to forget about.
The ALH curated the work of over 30 artists to be displayed on Saturday. The proceeds from the Holiday Mini-mART will help fund the making of exhibition catalogs for the STACKS and Flying Solo exhibitions, which are showing the work of 13 emerging local artists. The two exhibitions are currently on view at the ALH until January 4, 2013.
The incomplete list of Holiday Mini-mART participating artists includes Autumn Knight, Beth Secor, Bill Davenport, Chuy Benitez, Claire Webb, Cody Ledvina, Daniel Anguilu, David Salinas, Emily Sloan, Fernando Ramirez, Heather Bause, Jason Villegas, Kelly Alison, Lisa Marie Hunter, Lovie Olivia, Marisa R. Miller, Mark Harold Ponder, Melissa Juvan, Mikina Tapsott, Nathaniel Donnett, Patricia Hernandez, Patrick Turk, Paul Middendorf, Phillip Pyle II, Rahul Mitra, Regina Agu, Robert Hodge, Robert Pruitt, and Sandy Tramel. This variety of artists promises a variety of work. From jewelry, painting, sculture and photography, there’s some cool stuff to see and buy while supporting art in Houston.