11440 Clay Road, Building A
Houston, TX 77041
Phone: (832) 467-1200
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Arts et Musées
Located inside the sprawling Houston Galleria, Zen Art Space courts local Houston artists for its always-changing exhibition space. It's hard to pass by Zen Art Space's retail location without being intrigued by the brightly colored and eccentric window display that features an explosion of painted knick knacks, sculptures and canvases. Pricing varies depending on in-store appraisals, but the gallery's emphasis on local artists ensures that costs are reasonable.
Tucked away on the west side, Golden Eye Gallery of offbeat art caters to eclectic tastes. Exhibitions change frequently and the gallery features many local artists throughout the year, including work by Emily Joyce, Richard Alexander, Peter Precourt and Tresa Varner. Stop by for numerous special events, including informal talks about the exhibits and the gallery's popular annual fund raising celebrations.
Bayou Bend is the former home of Ima Hogg, a famous philanthropist. Visitors can wander through 14 acres of woodlands and formal gardens, or check out the house that contains 4,800 various works of art. This art represents the American style from colonial to mid-19th Century. The house is a lovely lifestyle museum of that century. Please take note that children under ten years of age can wander the gardens but are not allowed in the house.
This fine art gallery is unique in Houston for its devotion to the ceramic and clay arts, and their support of local, national, and internationally renowned ceramic artists. Attend one of their monthly openings on Heights First Saturday to see their newest exhibit. Or sign-up for an artist workshop or lecture-don't be afraid to get your hands dirty! Drop by any time to see the work of member artists. Many pieces are decorative or sculptural, while still others are functional. Find extraordinary art for both indoor and outdoor display. Check their website for the latest schedule of events and exhibitions. - JoAnn Takasaki
Those who appreciate the European decorative arts will eventually find their way to this mansion in the River Oaks district. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and tall trees on five acres, the mansion is elegantly furnished in the Italian, English and Roman styles. Although the estate is now part of the Museum of Fine Arts, it was originally owned by the local Masterson family who hired architect John F. Staub in the 1950s to design a modern version of an Italian country estate. Admittance is by reservation only. Call to schedule a guided, peaceful tour through a contemporary palace.
The Vaughan Christopher Gallery has the most beautiful paintings. With a penchant for collecting artwork, the founder channeled her passion towards setting up an art gallery. A haven for art lovers, it makes for a delightful visit. Exposing the works of artists world renowned, the works are of a superior quality. For further information, log onto their website.
In a city like Houston where everyone spends most of the day driving, it's no wonder some innovative artists would think to turn cars into art. At the Art Car Museum, also known as the "Garage Mahal," you can see these crazy pieces on display. This unusual museum will delight visitors of all ages with cars transformed into the likes of a giant evil Easter Bunny or a gold Chevy covered in stuffed alligators called the "Swamp Mutha."
Located on Houston's gallery row, the John Cleary Gallery showcases the finest in fine art photography, both in the gallery and at prominent photo fairs in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Previous exhibits have featured Jeffrey Becom, Jeffrey Conley and Charles Cramer. The gallery holds a Christmas show each year featuring several artists' work.
McClain Gallery was established in 1980 by Robert and Cynthia Cage McClain. Their thoughtfully-selected collection features contemporary work as well as art from the 20th Century. A great alternative for aficionados and collectors, this venue hosts inspiring exhibitions by European, Asian and national artists. Among the myriad media showcased here are painting, sculpture, photography, paper art and three-dimensional installations.
Located inside the Graphic Arts Center, the Museum of Printing History showcases numerous artifacts that include old printing equipment, antiquated writings, rare drawings and other exhibits. Guided tours are available upon request. Set aside some time to examine ancient messages. You will be glad that you did. The museum has a gift shop and also offers memberships.
This gallery carries a wide array of fine, contemporary and abstract art, along with sculpture, watercolors and more for your viewing pleasure. Different exhibits and artists are scheduled throughout the year, including the works of Sandra Colley, Sandra Sherrod, V. Chin, Andrea Wilkinson, Jim N. Hill and Louise Williams. Visitors to the salon admire the simple shapes of Hill's cowboy images and the beautiful hill country depicted in Williams' paintings. Come and see for yourself. You might end up walking out with something new for the living room.
Not just another art gallery, this company is committed to assisting clients in the selection and purchase of art, as well as generally supporting artists and promoting the arts in the community. It exhibits and sells a wide range of contemporary works, including original paintings and prints, photography, sculpture and furniture art. The elegantly modern space is also available to rent for special events.