Rainy Saturday

The show opening at Galleria Lazzara was damp. The rain scared any folks away and Meredith is quick to plan the closing reception. Nonetheless, many folks did come out to see the Flor & Fauna exhibit. I got to meet fellow exhibitors Sarah Kitagawa, a wonderful watercolorist with a great graphic technique and an eye for nature. I also met Chun Yi Long. His work is heavily textured oils incorporating his eastern education in western themes. I enjoyed chatting with Hebe Brooks and Susan Spjut who are also exhibitors. Their work in oil is graphic and incorporates figures in some themes.

The art from my Mexico series attracted locals and fellow transplants with memories from south of the boarder which these works evoke. The figures are strong and peaceful. There is an irony to note the artistic circle between the Mexican artist painting the Mexican craftsmen creating their handywork to feed the creativity of the artist. These scenes are an effort to preserve the culture, the memories and the scenes that gradually change over the years for “modernization” that cannot be sustained.

I had the opportunity to meet Marzia Faggin and Elizabeth Cencini this week. Elizabeth is on her way for another Italy visit with brushes in hand. Marzia and I had a chance to relish on the way that parenting expands the phases of your life. I have always admired the work of Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassat because I feel they capture these well in their madonna and madonna and child depictions.

As the cool rain continues to fall, I am preparing to work on new pieces for the Mexico series. I am in the “mental” stage and entering the sketch process at the moment.

This evening I’ll be attending the opening or Javier de Villota with my friend Victoria Arbizu-Sabater. I look forward to meeting the Spanish artist and seeing his work.

For now I am off to get my to-do list down to size.

Lilibeth André

Sunday In March

Things have been a bit hectic getting 2009 shows ready but I see a bit of painting time coming my way.

Artist and friends

Gertrude and Danny Ryan with Lilibeth André

The Southwest Rodeo Roundup was a nice opportunity to see friends at the studio and share visitors with my studio neighbor Caroline Ratliff. We had live guitar music by Jeff Taebel and a quick strum by Gary Hastings. It was fun and thank everyone that came by. www.lilibethandre.com/guitonstudio.htm

I delivered a trio of paintings to Heights Modern Home yesterday where they will be exhibited for a month. The store environment is modern with oriental influence and you can get a ton of ideas walking around the showroom. The art exhibition is a group show by artists of the Post-Diversionist group, an art and social club, so I am hanging with my friends Lorena Fernandez, Shelly Shanks, Lacey Crawford, Martin de Vore, and Susan Goettsche. Stop by if you get a chance. While at Heights Modern Home I also visited with my friend Mitch Cohen at the 1st Saturday Ars Market and said hello to several friends like jeweler Jeanne Haner. Mariachi Mecca and dance group provided the music for the 5th Anniversary celebration of the Market. Duke Jones also entertained with his smooth voice and blues. http://www.heightsfirstsaturday.com/

I joined my friend Anita Higman as she launched her 24th book, “Love Finds You in Humbe Texas”. http://www.anitahigman.com/ Friends, Sondra and Layne Johnson were also there to celebrate with Anita and her family. Layne’s latest book, “Farmer Jones Plants a Nation” keeps rolling in accolades. http://www.laynejohnson.com/

Next up this coming Thursday is a group show at Galleria Lazzara. I am showing pieces from the Mexico series in this new space just outside the 610 Loop and 290. Come by to see the works of Susan Spjut, Hebe Brooks, Chun Yi Long, Sarah Kitagawa, and my own work. http://www.gallerialazzara.com/

Also on the calendar is the fundraising event for April. I am organizing the unveiling of 13 portrait paintings by the Markos Group artists and guest. We hosted Bellaire Mayor Cindy Siegel in January for a sitting. She graciously accepted the grueling job of sitting to allow us to represent her in 13 different portraits. The unveiling will include a silent auction of the works to raise funds for the Houston Civic Arts Association. The winning bidders will also have the opportunity to consider donating their art to the City of Bellaire through the Bellaire Arts Commission, who will host a future exhibition of the portraits. http://www.houstoncivicarts.org/

You can read more on the events in the Events postings or on my Website: http://www.lilibethandre.com/ 

Lilibeth Andre

Galleria Lazzara

A group show from March 12 – April 6. The opening reception is March 12th, 7 – 10 pm.

Galleria Lazzara
5400 Mitchelldale, Suite B.7
Houston, TX 77092

Galleria Lazzara Invitation

Flora & Fauna Invitation

From 610, take 290 (northbound). Exit 34th/Antoine (2nd exit). Make a U-turn on 34th Street. Go back to Mitchelldale. Go west (right) for 2 blocks.

Heights Modern Home

A group show by Post-Diversionist artists at Heights Modern Home. The paintings will be available from March 7 – April 3, 2009.

Heights Modern Home
540 W. 19th Street, in the Heights, Houston, Texas.

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