Category Archives: Arts and Culture

Irving Arts Center and Irving Black Arts Council Hold Art Exhibit in Honor of Black History Month

Artist Amy Daniels speaks to a patron about her work

I attended the Black History Month Art Exhibition at the Irving Arts Center yesterday. This, and events later in the month, are sponsored by the Irving Black Arts Council (IBAC). During my visit, some of the artists were mingling, talking to attendees, and I got to speak to three of them about their works.On the walls of the spacious Arts Center were paintings, drawings, photographs and mixed media works by Black artists Missy Burton from McKinney, TX; Jennifer Monet Cowley from Trophy Club, TX; Amy Daniels from Allen, TX; Afi Ese from Houston, TX; Michael E. Johnson from Dallas, TX; Jalen A. Law from Buffalo, NY; Sontonya Necheal from Scurry, TX; and Terrell Weathersby from McKinney, TX.

Jalen Law

I spoke to Jalen Law, who explained some of his art for me. He said that the painting in the middle of Harriet Tubman was one part of three paintings created by three different artists. One painted Tubman in her youth, the other pictured her as an adult and Law was assigned to feature Tubman as she appeared in the winter of her life.

Michael E. Johnson

I next spoke with Michael E. Johnson. His unique work is painted in the “negative,” where he used black paint where the white paint would traditionally be and vice-versa. He was showing mostly sports figures, but has decided to paint Black American Heroes, as illustrated by the portrait of President Barack Obama.

Sontonya Davis

I was fascinated with Sontonya Necheal’s works because of her use of texture. She had scratches, extra paint in places to emphasize an area and she even used marker on the background of the piece in the photo. She said it represented getting out of an unhealthy relationship, with the 8s and 0s (infinity and circle – figures with no end) being the never-ending cycle of abuse, apologies and more abuse. Necheal said that painting this piece helped her let go of the relationship, bit by bit, and when she finished, she felt free.

This exhibition will be offered from Feb. 6 – March 27. The IBAC is also sponsoring several other events throughout the month, including a poetry reading and discussions conducted virtually.For more information, call (214) 993-8444 or email

Vetro Glassblowing offers visitors several treats

There are many things to do in Grapevine, but some interesting activities and shops lie “off the beaten path” from Main Street.

One such shop is the Vetro Glassblowing and Fine Art Gallery, which is located at 701 South Main Street, across from the historic railroad depot.

Their website describes the gallery: “Vetro (Italian for ‘glass’) is a nationally-recognized, active glassblowing studio and Fine Art Gallery. Vetro offers an extensive variety of professionally crafted glass art, ranging from hand-made sculptures to small glass art gifts.”

They offer classes, team building exercises and party packages year-round and visitors can sit in a small set of bleachers to watch the artists work. They also make custom orders. 

If you’ve never seen the amazing art of glassblowing, make sure that Vetro is on your list of places to visit when you’re in Grapevine!

Vetro Glassblowing and Fine Art Gallery, 701 S. Main Street, Suite 103; 817-251-1668

  • Summer hours: May 19 – August 31st, Tuesday though Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Winter hours: September 1st – April 30th, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM


This Cowboy Transforms Scrap Metal into Incredible Sculptures




Born and raised on a ranch in western South Dakota, John Lopez already had a successful career as a bronze sculptor when he stumbled into the art form of welded statues. The story begins with a tragedy.

After the loss of a beloved aunt, Lopez went to his widowed uncle’s ranch to build a family cemetery where his aunt would be the first to be interred. While building the cemetery gate, he ran out of material and visited a nearby scrap yard to find more. Lopez used the metal he found to weld a beautiful gate and an angel for the cemetery.

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Pearland’s Newest Art Studio to Hold Ribbon Cutting May 26


AKKLogoKelly Kronfeld, Artist and Founder of Art & Kustom Kreations and Chris Garcia, Artist and Studio Director; Katie Jackson, Resident Artist and Studio Manager; and Alexa Marie, Resident Artist and Studio Assistant are pleased to announce the ribbon cutting of this unique art studio AND gallery in Pearland!

Join us on Thursday, May 26 at 11:15 a.m. for a ribbon cutting with the Pearland Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Tom Reid.

Art & Kustom Kreations is a teaching studio and boutique gallery offering summer art camps and year-round art lessons for all ages, customized to meet the needs of the budding artist.

Our flexible lesson schedules allow for a variety options to fit busy lifestyles.

A variety of workshops and classes geared toward specific media will be added to the schedule including: Drawing, oil painting, watercolor, charcoal and pastels.

Saturday morning make-and-take classes for children are coming soon and mobile painting options are always available. Onsite options are flexible for private painting events, such as “Paint & Sip” for adults and birthday parties for children.

  • Art lessons – Available NOW
  • Summer Camp – last week in May through 2nd week in August
  • Evening and Saturday classes – coming soon
  • Mobile events – contact us for scheduling (minimum of 6)


Chris Garcia and Kelly Kronfeld

Art & Kustom Kreations is conveniently located at 2837 Miller Ranch Road, #113 in Pearland.

Contact: Kelly Kronfeld – 832.540.3120;

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Pearland Arts League Jingle Mingle Dec. 10

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Pearland Medical Center supports local artists



Pearland Arts League pictured with PMC CEO Matt Dixon and Marketing Coordinator Leisha D’Angelo

Pearland Medical Center, an HCA affiliated hospital, is excited to partner with the Pearland Arts League to display original artwork from local residents.
On Friday, November 13th, Matt Dixon, CEO of Pearland Medical Center, welcomed the Pearland Arts League and local artists during an opening reception to celebrate the launch of the exhibit.

The public is invited to view the exhibit when visiting the hospital, located at 11100 Shadow Creek Parkway. The artwork is on display in the front lobby of the Pearland Medical Center and is available to purchase through the Pearland Arts League.

The Pearland Arts League is a nonprofit organization to support the visual and performing arts in the Pearland community.


Fusion of the Arts September 19


Pearland Alliance for Arts & Culture (PAA&C) and the Pearland Arts League (PAL) have joined forces for the “Fusion of the Arts” event slated for Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the PAA&C office located at 2341 N. Galveston Street in Pearland. Visitors are invited to experience two arts forms in one event celebrating the wonderful talent in the Pearland community.

PAL presents its 5th Annual Juried Art Exhibition with Dennis LaValley, Art Department Chair of Alvin Community College as Juror. PAA&C showcases best-selling author and Pearland resident, Colonel Robert Sholly, USA (Ret.) lecturing on the art of writing. His book, “Young Soldiers, Amazing Warriors” is a #1 best seller on Amazon.  Colonel Sholly’s lecture will take place next door to the PAA&C office at the CJ Nelson Auditorium.

A welcome reception begins at 3:30 p.m.  For a complete schedule of events, click here PAAC-PAL-Fusion-Invitation.

Admission is FREE however, reservations are required –

Bayou City Art Festival March 27 – 29

Photo courtesy of Art Colony Association

Photo courtesy of Art Colony Association

Celebrating its 44th year, the Bayou City Art Festival brings fine art from around the country for a family friendly, three-day outdoor spring festival at Memorial Park.

  • Dates: Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29, 2015
  • Times: Noon to 6pm Friday; 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday
  • Location: Memorial Park, 6501 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007
  • Parking: Onsite parking is not available at the festival, but shuttles will be running from Northwest Mall. Click here for details about shuttle parking.
  • Admission: $15 ages 13 and older; $5 for ages 3 to 12; free for children under 3. Discounted and VIP tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here.

Bayou City Art Festival March 27-29 at Memorial Park

5508348d8abba.imageThis month, the Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park 2015 will welcome more than 30,000 Houstonians to their threeday affair, which will take place on Friday, March 27, from noon to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event gives Houstonians the opportunity to discover art from juried national and international artists, in addition to a total of 40 young, budding artists. This year, the new Student Art Park will house the works of both Middle and High School students and serve as the designated area for arts education.

“We received an unprecedented number of applications for our arts education programs, which include the Middle School Art Competition and the Emerging Artists Program,” said Joseph K. Plumbar, Art Colony Association [producers of the Bayou City Art Festival], Board President. “It’s a great reflection of this city and we look forward to continuing to nurture Houston’s next generation of artists through our education outreach initiatives.”

The Emerging Artist Program presents promising Houston area high school students with the opportunity to have firsthand experience in the business of being a professional artist. The students are currently in the process of creating large scale, 3D site specific outdoor public art works to be on display at the festival, in the KHOU 11 Student Art Park.

The KHOU 11 Student Art Park will also include the artwork of the 30 finalists chosen from the Middle School Art Competition. The competition invites middle school age students from Greater Houston area school districts to submit 2D works to be juried by distinguished local artists, gallery owners and art enthusiasts.

The 30 finalists’ artwork will be on display at Memorial City Mall until March 24, and then it can be viewed again on the festival grounds on March 27, 28, and 29. The MSAC is funded in part by Cremate Texas.

The Green Mountain Energy Children’s Creative Zone will return and include hands-on projects led by nonprofit partners Fotofest, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The University of Houston Clear Lake and Young Audiences of Houston. For the second year at the spring festival, Houston’s favorite food trucks will be on site, including Koagie Hots, Bernie’s Burger Bus, Happy Endings Asian Fusion, Yeti Sunshine and more.

Festival Information:

Hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 27, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29.

There is no public parking at Memorial Park, however, a shuttle service will be provided to patr ons from the conveniently located Northwest Mall located at 9500 Hempstead Highway.

Shuttle passes are on sale now for just $3 for a roundtrip ride on air conditioned luxury buses here:

Advance tickets are on sale now for just $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12) at

About Bayou City Art Festival

Now in its 44th year, the Art Colony Association, Inc. has raised millions of dollars for local nonprofit programs through the festivals. Proceeds from the events go back into the community through Art Colony Association’s nonprofit partners and education outreach programs. The Festivals are funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, corporate sponsorships and private contributions. For more information, please visit