So, this November & December I'm stepping out of Studio 12 at Hardy & Nance Street Studios to share my work with various gallery & holiday market communities in Houston. The first kicks off this Thursday night, November 12, with an opening reception (6-8pm). I'm delighted to share that I'll be one of the artists featured in the "Objects of Art & Craft" exhibition of the Community Artists' Collective, Nov. 12-Dec. 30.
The COMMUNITY ARTISTS’ COLLECTIVE (The Collective), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, was conceived in 1985 by Michelle Barnes, artist, art educator and director of Barnes-Blackman Galleries and Dr. Sarah Trotty, artist and art educator at Texas Southern University. The COLLECTIVE was organized to meet the needs of the professional African American artists and with a special sensitivity to African American women artists.
I'll be exhibiting a collection of my mix media photo transfer encaustic pieces featuring original contemplative photography images I've created over the past few years in Houston and New York. The pieces are apart of my Visual Psalms collection.
Photography is one of the ways I share the beauty I see in the every day, as well as telling the stories of love, loss, brokenness, grace, pain, despair hope, joy and resurrection that make up our lives.
As an artist, my call is to create opportunities for people to encounter beauty in the routine and mundane through life "made still." I use the words "made still," because it is my desire to invite the viewer to be present in "now" moments. It is through presence, our being present as individuals in daily encounters, that we become aware of the sacredness of life that surrounds us.
I am excited about the work I will be exhibiting & look forward to participating in the 28 year legacy of The Community Artist's Collective.
Click HERE to learn more about the Community Artists' Collective and join us for the opening on November 12 to see work by local Houston based artists.
Lanecia A. Rouse