Did you know that the sculptures along Heights Boulevard are available for purchase from the artists, and the artists will donate 20% of any sales back to the TRUE NORTH designated fund for future exhibitions? Please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
“What goes around, comes around…” | 400 block | $30,000
Mr. Runnels was born near Hot Coffee, Mississippi, and in 1984, he co-founded MotherDogStudios, today’s oldest surviving artists warehouse in downtown Houston. He says, “Art is a four letter word: Idea. to make something from nothing is an old fashioned yet romantic idea that i think is noble.” He obtained his BFA from the University of Southern Mississippi, and, in 1979, was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship to study painting in Cortona, Italy, with the University of Georgia. Working with his talented grandson, Tristan, and an amazing team of artists and professionals, his sculpture is a 12-foot-diameter steel frame sphere clad in found hubcaps collected over time by him and Tristan.
“Oar: Barnacles” | 600 block | $10,000
Ms. Bedgood lives, creates, and teaches art in San Antonio, Texas. She has a BFA in painting and art history from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and an MFA in mixed media sculpture and art history from the University of Texas at Austin. Her cast concrete sculpture, depicting objects we keep, explores the things we hold onto—what objects are most precious, worthy of carrying and passing on into the future—and reminds us of the transience and temporality of life versus these eternal possessions.
“Zorro” | 800 block | $10,000
Mr. Brewer lives, creates, and teaches art in Nacogdoches, Texas. The son of eccentric junk yard owner in a small, rural town in East Texas, he learned to spot beauty in the mundane, developed an array of industrial skills, and discovered he has a knack for drawing. Those early revelations have influenced his artistic trajectory ever since. He earned an MFA in sculpture and metals and an MA in sculpture and painting from Stephen F. Austin State University and holds a BFA in drawing, printmaking and jewelry from Sam Houston State University. Mr. Brewer’s sculpture is an eight-foot-tall, orange-and-white-painted steel fox.
“Home Fire” | 900 block | $7,500
A native Houstonian and 20-year Houston Heights resident, Mr. Thomas creates ceramic sculpture from his Heights studio. He has a BA from the University of Houston, an MA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Certificate of Achievement in Ceramics from The Glassell School of Art in Houston. His sculpture, installed among old-growth trees, is a ceramic and steel depiction of campfire logs and flames in a glazed palette of oranges, yellows, and hints of white and blue. Mr. Thomas says, “Today, the campfire still represents community, with an added layer of meaning for our hectic lives.”
“Metamorphosis” | 1200 block | $18,000
Mr. Mangan lives and operates his sculpture studio in Blanco, Texas. He spent the first 35 years of his career as an artist living and working amidst the vibrant gallery and museum scene of the Bay Area. For 16 of those years, he split his time between San Francisco and Texas, and in March 2014, he made the permanent move back to Texas. Mr. Mangan received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978. In 1987, he received an MFA degree in Sculpture from San Jose State University. His eight-foot sculpture is made of copper, steel, multi-colored fused glass with brass inclusions, and limestone.
“Moon Tree” | 1300 block | $9,600
Ms. O’Michael was raised in windy West Texas, where cacti and oil rigs dotted the wide-open landscape—those youthful visions influencing her work today. She is a long-time resident of the Houston Heights, and her studio is in Houston’s art warehouse district. Ms. O’Michael’s undergraduate degree is from University of Texas at Austin, and she holds a degree from Houston Baptist University’s prestigious Masters of Fine Arts studio program. Her sculpture is made of steel and solar-powered blue lighting.
MEREDITH “BUTCH” JACK…
“Rediscovering Cubism in an Age of Anxiety 3: Big Boy Is Anxious Too” | 1600 block | $14,500
Mr. Jack grew up in the small town of Tonganoxie, Kansas, which gave him a wealth of experiences, including construction work in the family business building grain storage facilities and the appreciation of flight and its relationship to space, alongside his father, a private pilot, as they traveled to job sites all over the country. Mr. Jack graduated from the University of Kansas in 1967 and—after a tour in the US Army—graduated in Sculpture from the MFA program at Tyler School of Art in 1972. From his Houston studio, his abstract sculpture is of heavy steel—and painted “safety yellow.”
“North Space Ruin” | 1800 block | $22,500 [or divided]
Mr. Forster was immediately drawn to ceramics’ rich history—objects that document cultures that are now completely extinct. He is the Department Head of Ceramics at The Glassell School of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Mr. Forster grew up in rural Minnesota and received his BA from St. John’s University, Minnesota, and an MFA (Ceramics) from Southern Illinois University. His clay/ceramic sculpture is indicative of a Stonehenge of sorts—a series of columns and other smaller objects that speak to industrial and architectural ruin.
TRUE NORTH 2019 remains in place through December 15. Then, after a three month planning period, TRUE NORTH 2020 will be installed on March 15, 2020.
The committee works year-round to bring these exhibitions to fruition. We are so proud of the gifted artists who have participated over the last six years. All rein from the great state of Texas, with a concentrated number of Houston-based artists.
For information about any of the artists, or the works offered for sale, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you on the boulevard!
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