ArtHouston is a big event happening this Saturday. Here is a description from the ArtHouston website (with commentary by yours truly):
The Summer Event of ArtHouston 2010, encompassing exhibitions at more than 30 galleries, will open Saturday, July 10. A day long event, it is expected to be the busiest day of the year with many galleries holding evening receptions.
(You might ask--what kind of party animal iron-man can hit 30 openings? I can't and I am really good at it. That's why it's nice if galleries have their openings on different nights. Thank God "The Big Show" is opening Friday.)
A wide range of work will be on display, from realist to abstract paintings, sculpture to mixed media constructions, drawings and works on paper, collage and photography. The featured artists will be both emerging regional talents and established artists from around the world.(In any group of 30 galleries at any time during the year, this description holds, which makes one wonder what distinguishes this day from any other day.)
Participating galleries include those along Colquitt, in the Museum District, the Heights and other areas. The galleries of ArtHouston invite you to their opening activities and to exhibitions continuing through the month. The ArtHouston July Exhibition guide, available mid-June, will provide opening times for each gallery.
The ArtHouston Summer event is free and open to the public.
(In my personal experience, art galleries, being commercial enterprises, are always free and almost always open to the public--although a small number require appointments.)
ArtHouston also provides to the public a year long Houston Gallery Guide, giving you access to find exactly what you are looking for. Brochures may be picked up at all participating galleries beginning in mid-June. For more information on this event or to receive a copy of the brochure please call Mariah Rockefeller at 713.522.9116(This sounds handy!)
I'm sure it will be just fine. I object to so many shows opening at once because it makes it hard for me to see them all. Having a bunch of galleries open on the same night is actually inconvenient. But mainly, I just don't see the point. There is no unifying theme or event (unlike, say, FotoFest or the Artcrawl). But maybe I'm just a big spoilsport. I'll definitely be present at at least some of the openings Friday. See you there!