Filed In: Houston
Seeing photos from W&L’s Young Alumni Weekend and hanging out with college friends this weekend got me thinking about how much I miss being a student! I had some unbelievable art history professors during my four years in Lexington that truly shaped my appreciation and love for art. Houston has a thriving art scene that expands far beyond the Museum District. Whether you’re a native Houstonian or just visiting, it’s always fun to see new exhibits and stroll through your favorite museum collections from time to time.
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Guide to Houston’s Art Scene
I had planned to create a guide to Houston’s art scene, but since there are already so many great lists, I’m linking to the most comprehensive ones for you. I’m also sharing 10 artists I’m loving right now!
The Museum District is just southwest of downtown, near Rice University. It’s one of my favorite areas in Houston. The Museum of Fine Arts Houston is currently exhibiting Degas: A New Vision now through January 16th, 2017.
This gallery guide is organized by neighborhood and also includes nearby restaurants to plan your art outings. There are so many I’ve never heard of or visited myself, so I will definitely refer to the guide as well!
Carrie Colbert, the face behind Wear + Where + Well, is a local fashion blogger I adore for her playful, colorful style. She put together the a guide to Houston’s colorful walls. You may recognize a few and learn about some new ones.
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I can’t visit a museum without hitting the museum store. Coffee table books make great gifts and are also fun to collect yourself! If you enjoy following The Dogist on Instagram, you may need the 300+ page coffee table book sold at Anthropologie!
Whether you’re in the market for original art, prints, or just want some inspiration, I hope you enjoy my artist selection. Framebridge is the latest and greatest company dedicated to custom framing online. Here’s how it works: simply mail your art or upload a digital file, select your frame, then receive your piece within 2-3 days! I haven’t used Framebridge yet, but definitely want to soon!
10 Artists I’m Loving Right Now
1. Gray Malin
Gray Malin’s photography will take you all over the globe. He is widely recognized for his aerial beach, ski, and park scenes. His work is bright and cheery and would make a fun addition to any room in your house. You can find some of his work on One King’s Lane and other Gray Malin products like iPhone cases here.
2. Dan DeSilva
Dan DeSilva is a Bermudian artist whose style I really admire. I love the colors and clean lines. My Dad’s family spent summers in Bermuda and my parents honeymooned on the island. I’ve been a few times as well! My parents commissioned this painting of The Reefs as an anniversary present.
Brenda Bogart is a native Texan and TCU graduate – go frogs! Bogart specializes in painting and drawing, but does some really cool mixed media collages. I love her colorful portraits and abstract landscapes. And in case you don’t know, I’m dying to get a golden doodle pup!
Christina Baker is an artist I discovered on Pinterest. Baker is a self taught artist living in Tennessee. I like her soft color palette and loose brush strokes.
5. Emily Ozier
Emily Ozier, known as EMYO, is an artist I learned about through my Mom. EMYO’s work is categorized by series including: Paris, Central Park, Cuba, and Boston Cape Cod. She’s an Auburn grad, studied in Italy with an impressionist master, and also gained additional training at Harvard. Go girl!
6. Joyce Howell
Joyce Howell says, “The act of painting, for me, is an internal navigation based on instinct and rooted in nature. Howell looks for rhythm and contradiction in her hues, marks and textures. I found her work through the Blue Print Store in Dallas. If you don’t follow Blue Print on insta, you’re missing out on some beautiful interiors!
Mary Rountree Moore’s contemporary abstract landscapes are amazing! I also enjoy her creative character she calls “People of the Times.” Moore says she has found inspiration in studying the works of de Kooning, Diebenkorn, John Singer Sargent, and Joaquin Sorolla. You can find her work in several galleries in North Carolina.
8. T.S. Harris
T.S. Harris’ paintings capture moments in time inspired by mid-century snapshots and film stills. Much of her work depicts elegant figures poolside with an intriguing aspect to them. What are the women thinking about? Some of her paintings remind me of Edward Hopper’s work. You can find Harris prints online here.
9. Kate Mullin
Kate Mullin is a southern artist who resides outside of Charleston, South Carolina. Her brilliantly colored cow paintings are my fav!
10. Tommy Mitchell
This post is a little different from my others, so let me know what you think! One of my friends requested a post dedicated to working girl outfits that can easily transition from day to night, so that’s on my radar!