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This Issue: A Reception on Tuesday Thanks, KUHF and Houstonia!

HCC Central Art Gallery presents
With The Grain
Reception, Tuesday, September 1 from 5:30 - 7:30
Tuesday, August 25th through Wednesday, September 23rd

Raina Chamberlain, Dan Havel, Alex Larsen, Jesse Lott, Edward Lane McCartney, Page Piland, Patrick Renner, Dean Ruck.

     Houston’s famous disregard for its own history is challenged in HCC Central Art’s exhibit, With The Grain, in the Central Gallery through September 23. The eight artists in this exhibit present new works inspired by fragments of wood salvaged from the old buildings torn down in Houston on almost a daily basis. The public is invited to come meet the artists at a reception held in the gallery, Tuesday, September 1 from 5:30 - 7:30.

      These artists, like the woodworkers, carpenters, and architects who came before them, study the grain of the wood they choose to incorporate into their work. The size, color, and shape of the wood tVR crop wood thingoo play a role in creating works of art that repurpose and recontextualize the materials. In much the same way that the rings of a cut tree reveal its age and history, these new works reveal the history of Houston, even as its historic homes and structures are razed. And in the same way that a new beauty is revealed in the grain of wood as the bark is stripped away, these artists discover a new appreciation in their repurposing of their rescued parts of walls, floors, roofs, and embellishments.

     The Central Art Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Center, 3517 Austin at Holman in Midtown. Gallery hours  are Monday - Thursday, 9AM - 9PM, and Friday - Saturday, 9AM - 3PM.  For more information, call 713-718-6600.

Top image: Raina Chamberlain, detail from Walled, 2015, Fabric thread, reclaimed wood, acrylic. Bottom image: Alex Larsen, Chip, 2015, pine beam, Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty.

But wait, there's more!
Gallery curators Michael Golden and Bennie Flores Ansell discuss With The Grain, the art and the artists, in articles on Houstonia and Houston Public Media.

Central Art and Artists in the News

old man crop 3Congrats to Central ceramicist Clara Hoag, on her solo exhibit, Icon/o/clast  in the Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery, at Lone Star College in Conroe.  The show will be in the gallery through September 24th. You can read all about Clara and her creative process in this article in The Courier.

Life drawing instructor Joan Laughlin will also be celebrating a solo show, when her exhibit The Forest and the Trees, opens at the Jung Center on September 3. The Forest and The Trees is a collection of paintings that mirror our tenuous, often conflicted, relationship with Nature. Joan describes the development of these haunting portraits of nature in this article on Houstonia.There will be a reception September 12 , 5:00pm – 7:00pm, at the Jung Center, 5300 Montrose.


HCC Central
Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Dr. Colleen Reilly
Director, Center of Excellence

Pat Porcynaluk
Chair, Visual Arts

Dr. Andrea Jaber
Chair, Performing Arts

The Gallery at Central
3517 Austin
Houston, TX, 77004

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