The Dynamic Duo

Earlier this month we had a pleasant studio visit from Laura Kreft, director of the fine arts museum and chair for the department of visual arts at Houston Baptist University. Her graduate course on gallery and museum practices at HBU gives students first hand experience in curating an art show of their liking. Once the class agrees on exhibiting the work of a specific artist, the task of curating an art show follows.

It so happened that in that course sits Michael Leanes, friend, artist, and furniture design graduate student at HBU. I met Michael at Winter Street Studios in Houston TX during an art market we were both selling work at. He had an impeccable furniture display that highlighted his craft. Check out his work here. Michael, during the gallery and museum practices class, suggests to his peers that they curate a show for Ivan and I! Absolute excitement ensued once we heard HBU was going to host an exhibit of our paintings.

During her visit, Laura got to hear our individual stories, not only of the paintings selected, but the whole progression of our careers up to date and how its continues to evolve. She hand picked a few paintings from each of us to present based on her knowledge of the gallery space and then she was off. Now, we're back in the studio, making frames for some of the paintings and gearing up for this show on March 2nd. This will be the first time we show together in a gallery settings since Voz Alta and ICBC in 2009 back on the west coast. I am excited to show Houston what I have been working on for the last three years and it would be a treat to count on your attendance to this show!


Thursday March 2nd, 5-7PM

Houston Baptist University, Gallery 220

7502 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77074

For additional information and  updates, follow the event on Facebook here

Abel Garza